Prof. Dame Athene Donald
Professor Dame Athene Donald, DBE FRS, is a Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Cambridge and Master of Churchill College. Her research uses the ideas of soft matter physics to study a wide range of systems of both synthetic and biological origin. There is an emphasis on using different types of microscopy. From 2010-14 she was the University of Cambridge's first Gender Equality Champion and has been extensively involved with diversity work across higher education, with a particular focus on the STEM disciplines. Churchill College is uniquely a Cambridge college with a specific emphasis on STEM subjects; she is the first woman to be its Master. She continues to push issues regarding diversity and inclusion within the College. She has been a Trustee of the Science Museum and remains a member of the Science Museum Advisory Board. Since 2013 she has been a member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council and chairs the Interdisciplinary Advisory Panel for REF2021. She writes frequently about issues concerning women in STEM on her personal blog as well as more widely in mainstream media. She was elected to the Royal Society in 1999 (and has served on many of their committees as well as their Council) and was appointed DBE in the Birthday Honours of 2010.