Bespoke: From the brain to the brand

Date: Sunday, July 7, 2019
L-R: Annie Auerbach, Dr Arabella Duffield, Dr Meital Oren-Suissa, Hayley Sieff. Credit: Grainge Photography

L-R: Annie Auerbach, Dr Arabella Duffield, Dr Meital Oren-Suissa, Hayley Sieff. Credit: Grainge Photography

A record £135,000 was raised in May at Weizmann UK’s Women in Science lunch. The event was held in support of the Weizmann Institute’s innovative Women in Science program. The program provides financial assistance to talented female scientists to enable them to take up postdoctoral positions abroad to enhance their career paths. More than 50 women who have benefitted from the programme have gone on to set up their own labs, most of them in Israel.

 

Nearly 150 guests attended the lunch at the Design Museum in London which was hosted by Dr. Arabella Duffield, Chair of Weizmann UK, and Hayley Sieff, Weizmann UK trustee. Two gifted female speakers gave inspiring insights into their very different careers in science and design.

 

Dr. Meital Oren-Suissa from the Department of Neurobiology at the Weizmann Institute spoke about her research on sex-specific processes in the brain. Her investigations may have implications for understanding more about how conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, autism spectrum disorder, and depression affect men and women differently.

 

Dr. Oren-Suissa was herself a recipient of the Women in Science Postdoctoral Award, allowing her to undertake her postdoctoral studies at Columbia University.

 

“For me, being a scientist isn’t just a job,” she said. “It’s a way of life. I don’t shut off my brain after work. The thrill of connecting the dots after years of experiments can’t be compared to anything else.”

 

The keynote address was given by Anya Hindmarch CBE, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of the global accessories brand. She spoke passionately about how her work as a designer embodies the principles of creativity, craftsmanship, and personalisation. She gave warm—and humorous—insights into how she balances her successful career with hectic family life.

 

Closing words were given by Annie Auerbach, co-founder of Starling Strategy and author of a new book, Flex: A Modern Woman’s Handbook.