Exeter Chamber sub-group ExIST (Exeter Initiative for Science and Technology) was recognised at the Tech South West awards for its commitment to diversity. ExIST was given the award for continuing to address gender balance within the science and technology community and raising visibility of women in these sectors, to encourage and inspire those already in the working environment and young people considering their future careers.
ExIST addresses the issues through its quarterly magazine, Insight and its regular events. Each publication includes original interviews with leaders in science and tech.
The magazine’s core aim is to ‘Focus on science, technology, & innovation for the business community.’ The first issue was published in June 2016, growing from an eight-page publication, to 12, with the latest magazine running to 16 pages with a feature on Venturefest, the region’s industry, investment and innovation showcase and conference that took place in June.
Of 28 interview features since launch, 18 have focused on women. Insight has profiled women at the peak of their careers who utilise their skills and knowledge in tech across industries including cyber security, oil and gas, digital, bio-technology, transport, city planning, healthcare, medicine, big data, environment, IT, space and aviation.
The group’s regular events also aim to deliver a balanced panel of speakers ensuring that the benefits of diversity are achieved, not only in representation but also through the rich set of views and opinions from the discussion and debate.
ExIST chair, Clodagh Murphy, said: “The tech seen in the South West is vibrant, exciting and growing rapidly. We have a diverse set of businesses and talent. ExIST plays an important role in facilitating and promoting activity that supports these businesses and where possible making connections so that they can learn from and support each other. We spend a considerable amount of time ensuring we highlight and celebrate the diversity that is here and we are absolutely thrilled to have been recognised with this award. None of our work would be possible without the generosity of our sponsors – so a huge thank you goes to them.”
ExIST’s sponsors are Exeter College, University of Exeter, Eagle One, Michelmores, Exeter City Council, Thompson Jenner, Bitpod, Met Office, Set Squared, NHS Digital, One Voice Media, Exeter Chamber of Commerce.
Insight magazine is distributed via print, social media, email and the ExIST website, www.exist-exeter.co.uk/insight