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'Star' PhD Graduate wins Women of the Future Award 2013 for Science

Congratulations Dr Janice Turner

Congratulations to recent PhD graduate, Dr Janice Turner, who has just won the Women of the Future award for Science, in association with Shell on 13th November.

Janice recently completed her doctorate while working full-time at Chemring Technology Solutions where she is a Technical Project Manager. She is the inventor of "gekko", a new technology that has the potential to revolutionise wireless communication, has four patent applications, is author of numerous technical publications and actively promotes science, technology and maths to the next generation. "Unassumingly brilliant", Janice also impressed the judges with her commercial success and passion for astronomy.

The judges comments that were read out at the award evening were:

"Janice's story really touched us. From humble beginnings, she became the first member of her family to attend university. Even as a teenager, her passion and determination shone through as she pursued a love of astronomy under the over-lit skies of East London. Using the telescope she saved up for across more than a year, she persevered and gazed in wonder at stars and planets. She has used that passion and determination to achieve incredible things: disruptive and commercially viable products, like Gekko that will revolutionise data transfer, and others that will save many lives. What really stood out to us was how unassuming she is. She clearly has no idea just how good she is. The only way to describe her is, in astronomical terms, a shining star!"

Now in their eighth year, and supported by patron Cherie Blair, the awards recognise outstanding women aged 35 and under, as well as creating and supporting role models for the next generation through the Women of the Future Ambassadors programme. This year the awards recognise contributions to science and digital technologies for the first time.

Her supervisor whilst at UCL, Dr Kenneth Tong, said: "Janice is the most well organised, resourceful, determined and consistently accurate postgraduate student I have ever seen. She always delivered excellent results."

Pinky Lilani OBE, founder of the awards, said: "What sets these women apart is often not only their professional success, though they have certainly achieved this, but more personal qualities, such as kindness, compassion and a desire to help others. The Women of the Future awards play an important role in recognising the wealth of talent that the next generation of women possess and presenting them as role models for others. Their inspiring stories make me confident that they will all go far, becoming the female leaders of tomorrow."

Cherie Blair, patron of the awards, said: "Awards like this are vital as we work towards a world where women have equal opportunities, because we simply won't get there unless we celebrate the achievements of women here and now. The awards give a platform to women whose own achievements show exactly why women with talent must be given the same opportunities as talented men. Celebrating these women will encourage others to follow in their footsteps, to pursue their dreams, and help inspire female leaders of the future."

Dame Kelly Holmes, Double Olympic Champion and Chair of the DKH Legacy Trust said: "I'm thrilled to have been invited to be part of this year's Women of the Future Awards, recognising the achievements of successful women in Britain today. I'm also grateful that my charity, the DKH Legacy Trust, has been chosen as the event's beneficiary. Just like the Women of the Future nominees will have gone through highs and lows to achieve what they've achieved, athletes too have developed resilience, focus and self-belief to work their way to the top. My charity is committed to harnessing these skills to mentor disadvantaged young people and encourage them to make positive changes in their own lives. I'd like to thank the Women of the Future Awards for their support and wish every nominee the best of luck."

Edward Daniels, Shell's UK Country Chairman, said: "Shell has a long-standing commitment to the Women of the Future programme because, as a major global employer and innovator, we want to see the next generation of women develop to their full potential. Our business, as well as the wider economy, depends on building the talent of our young people. On behalf of all of us at Shell, I'd like to congratulate these gifted, inventive, entrepreneurial women and wish them all success for the future."

Women of the Future winners 2013

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