I hadn’t heard of BioLadies previously, but after their recent York event, I will not be forgetting them anytime soon ! The evening was such a relaxed, warm and actually quite glamorous time of talking about science and meeting great people; and I never thought I would say this but one of my biggest takes from the evening was a new-found respect for spider silk ! DW – Will explain.
I found out about the bioladies organisation the day before first meeting Iris Anderson (bioladies founder). I was attending a business dinner when a lady in passing conversation mentioned an event for women in bio-economy the following day in the city.
I was super excited to find out a little more about the organisation; the event was held at the lovely Grays Court Hotel in the heart of Town and was genuinely one of the most quintessential treasures I’ve seen in York so far.
After being spotted by Iris through the window, I made my way through the lounge and took a seat. The group was big enough to meet a huge variety of people , but small enough not to feel overwhelmed – which was perfect.
After a lovely introduction from Iris herself, we started with some quick tips on Networking then got into some key speakers for bio-economy. There was a large variety of speakers, from investors like John Williams who spoke about some key traits for those looking for capital in the bio-energy field to lecturers and business owners.
A really intriguing talk was a career-journey overview by a lady who had started in science, worked in industry and ended up owning her own firm.
But my real surprise of the night was Dr. Chris Holland who spoke silk and specifically spider silk. As a spider-fiend ,
I found that I had a strange new appreciation for the creatures.
Somewhat short lived as I am not sporting their companionship anytime soon.
To be honest though my favourite part of the evening was the post-talks social hour. Set in a picturesque lounge style room enhanc
ed with fairy lights. I met company directors, business owners and a great mixture of males and female scientists. A circle of which had heard of GIS which was a new-found nice moment of meeting ‘online-friends’, something us millennials need a little more of.
I wouldn’t call myself a social butterfly but, I do get a bit of a thrill from networking and meeting new people.
So GIS Gals, if you want to know more about BioLadies and join the network; sign up online and take a look at their events – I might see you at one of their next ones !