A major conference at Weston College on 23 June will focus on inspiring more women and girls to take up careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).
The South West TUC's Women's Committee is bringing together teachers, union reps and employers as part of National Women in Engineering Day to explore what support is needed to encourage women today to follow in the footsteps of Marie Curie, Rachel Carson and the South West's own Mary Anning.
It's not Rocket Science – Getting Women into STEM will also celebrate the contribution women already make in these industries.
Marie Hughes, South West TUC Regional Education Officer, said:
"Many of our greatest scientists, technicians and engineers are women. Sadly today girls and women are still finding it hard to start or stay in careers that push the boundaries of knowledge and are crucial to the UK's skills and knowledge-based economy, now and in the future.
"The event will be an opportunity not just to hear from academics and professionals about what we need to do, but also to network with fellow activists on how we can bring about the culture change we need from schools to workplaces and wider society."
Karen Cole, Unite's Regional Education and Equality Organiser in the South West and one of the Conference organisers, added:
"It is important that girls are encouraged to go into STEM apprenticeships and jobs. To do this schools, employers and trade unions need to work together to bring about the cultural shift needed to make a change."
It's Not Rocket Science takes place at the South West Skills Campus, Weston-super-Mare BS22 8NL between 10 am and 3.30pm on 23 June.