Women in STEM: series II

Women in STEM: series II

Due to the great success of our Women in STEM series at the end of last year, here we are with our new series of talks!

Coinciding with the International day of Women and Girls in Science 2023 (February 11th) we have scheduled four new online talks where women in STEM at different stages of their careers will be talking about their career paths and their work in STEM to inspire next generations.

A great opportunity to build confidence and celebrate the role of women in STEM!

Our speakers for this series:

10th Feb: Rojlina Manandhar – Researcher at RIBB (Nepal)

17th Feb: Paula Garcia Martinez – Biological Sciences, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain)

24th Feb: Aarushi Karki – IBM United Kingdom Limited

3rd March: Sadikchya Singh – MSc Science Communication and Public Engagement (University of Edinburgh)

Sessions start at 2pm Nepal time/ 8.15 am UK time/ 9.15 am Spain time and last for 1 h with plenty of time for questions and discussions with the speakers!


To attend this new series of talks please register here.


Please find more information about the speakers below:

Rojlina Manandhar: Rojlina is a M. Sc. graduate in Molecular Medicine (2011) from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway, where she also worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine focusing on the combined effect of light and drug in rat bladder cancer cells. She then joined the Department of Biotechnology, Tribhuvan University in 2013 to study the efficacy of plants for ethanol production and its application in fuel cells. Recently, Ms. Manandhar has been working at the Research Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology (RIBB) as co-Investigator in a project entitled ‘Guava leaves as natural preservative for small holder’s farmers of Nepal’. She is also part of Gresmetic Private Limited, a cosmetic company specialised in personal hygiene based in Lalitpur, Nepal.

Paula Garcia Martinez: Paula is from Spain and she is studying Biology at the Autonomous University of Madrid; however, she finds it difficult to choose a minor when every field seems to be so intriguing. Paula is specially in love with genetics 🧬 , ecology 🌍 and microorganisms 🧫 , that’s why she found her place in Astrobiology 🌌which has taken her to beautiful places such as Brasil, Ecuador or France, where she is doing a placement now. There she studies deep see microorganisms 🔬: high temperature- and pressure-loving bacteria and arquea.

Aarushi Karki: Aarushi works in London as an Associate Technology Specialist, and a Quantum Associate Ambassador in IBM. Prior to joining IBM, she graduated with an MRes in Molecular Biophysics and a BSc (Hons) in Physics, both from King’s College London. Originally from Kathmandu, she studied in Mayo College Girls’ School in India before she moved with her family to the UK when she was 11 years old.
Passionate about STEM, and STEM education, she is motivated about helping young children, particularly girls, to get more education in science, tech and coding. She is now running the IBM CIC ‘Code the Future’ coding camp in Kathmandu in April 2023 in collaboration with Engage Nepal with Science and hopes to run it yearly. She is also involved in the IBM ‘Women in Tech Talks’, where she shares her experiences with tech and STEM to inspire university students around the UK. Outside of work, Aarushi loves hiking, painting, cooking, travelling, and spending time with her cat.

Sadikchya Singh: Sadikchya recently graduated with a Master’s in Science Communication and Public Engagement from the University of Edinburgh. This is her second Master’s, her first Master’s was in Environmental Management from SchEMS affiliated to Pokhara University. An environmental enthusiast, she is passionate about environmental communication. She previously worked with organizations like Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists and Nepal Economic Forum where she led national environmental projects and supported their dissemination and outreach. She is also a member of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. As a member of the Kathmandu Global Shapers, she helped develop a climate activity book called ‘Kalpavriksha’ to teach students the basics of climate change and emphasize their roles in helping to curtail climate change. Now, as a curator of the Edinburgh Global Shapers, she is leading a project to involve more young people in tree plantation projects.