Dame Athene Donald is Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Cambridge, her research focuses on using the ideas of soft-matter physics to study a range of systems of both synthetic and biological origin. Dame Athene has been awarded many prestigious
honours both inside and outside IOP, including the Faraday Medal in 2010. She was the founding chair of the Institute of Physics Biological Physics Group and is Project Director of IOP’s Teaching Biological Physics project.
Athene has an active interest in equality and diversity as well as education and science policy. She has been director of the University of Cambridge’s Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Initiative (WiSETI) since 2007– an initiative that seeks to take action to inspire and support female scientists within the university.
Athene is well known in social media circles, writing a blog at the Occam’s Typewriter site and its offshoot Occam’s Corner at Guardian Science Blogs. Subjects include interdisciplinary science, careers and diversity issues. She regularly takes to Twitter as @AtheneDonald.
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