Nominations for the Women of the Future Awards 2016 are now open!

The Women of the Future Awards recognise and celebrate successful young women in Britain. We invite you to join us this year to uncover the next generation of female talent, sharing stories of achievement and inspiration. Nominations are now open across 14 categories, for more information about how to nominate click here .

Tessa Baker, who won the Women of the Future Science Award 2015, shares her experience of being a part of the Women of the Future Awards and the impact that winning has had on her career.

I was really surprised at how much fun my interview for the Women of the Future Awards was. I was expecting to brave a sombre-faced panel, but instead I walked into an informal, friendly chat about the shared experiences of professional women. On the night of the awards, I was fresh off a plane from the USA — but the excitement and company soon dispelled my jet-lag. To win the science category — in the face of such competition from an incredible group of female scientists — was really the icing on the cake for that evening.
Since then, I’ve been working at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. The award has been an enormous boost to my career confidence, and has really helped make an impression when meeting people at conferences and visiting other universities. It keeps me going on those tough days when scientific research seems like such an impossible task.

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