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Women in science: leading the way in energy transition

There is no question that the world needs more female scientists and engineers. Emberson Marketing has decades of experience launching new technologies and supporting the growth of ambitious engineering companies, particularly in the oilfield, marine and industrial markets.

“We see first-hand the tremendous contribution women make,” said Natalie Sweet, Emberson Marketing’s development director. “Making sure that they are front and centre as these industries evolve is of utmost importance.

“That’s why we are so pleased that the UN formally recognises what a vibrant sector science and engineering is through its annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science.”

Within the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, science and gender equality are primary goals. With a core focus on people, planet and prosperity, they specifically seek to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

Next Generation STEM 

Women have frequently been at the forefront of ground-breaking research into public health, vaccines, treatments, engineering solutions and innovative technologies. There are many female engineers across Emberson’s client base, employing some of the smartest people in the oil and gas industry. 

But there are still not enough, and achieving scientific equality will not be easy. According to UNESCO’s Science Report, only 33 per cent of researchers are women, despite the fact that they represent 45 and 55 per cent of students at Bachelor’s and Master’s levels of study respectively. Only 44 per cent of those enrolled in PhD programmes are women.

“Science clearly needs a larger and more diverse talent pool,” said Natalie. “Starting with the next generation, we need to make STEM subjects attractive and fun – we have a client who actively supports programmes in schools to increase awareness and open up opportunities. Whilst this is a encouraging and the UN’s commitment is a positive step, there remains an urgent need to increase participation in STEM subjects and introduce inspiring mentors to share their experiences with young people.”

Talent that leads the change

As the energy transition advances, energy firms will need talent that thinks differently and wants to be part of developing solutions for a sustainable future. From field engineers to innovating new technologies in labs, companies need to be committed to equality in the next generation of the workforce. Clients that celebrate the significant achievements of female employees and colleagues, and proactively work hard to protect, attract and sustain the women in engineering talent-pools across their organisations are those that will ultimately succeed.

“In our view, it’s more important than ever before to recognise women’s contributions to science and engineering,” said Natalie. “We have great traction, but there is still a long way to go.

“Working with talent that has the passion and expertise in science and engineering to deliver solutions that make, and will continue to make, significant change is exciting. I’m proud to be able to help them share their achievements with a global audience.” 

At Emberson we work closely with our clients to help them tell their stories. If you’d like to know more about how we can help you, please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.