Women of Outstanding Achievement in SET Award for Dr Helen Mason
Dr Helen Mason, Assistant Director of Research in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
(DAMTP) has been named as one of the UK Resource Centre's Woman of Outstanding Achievement 2010, for her
inspirational work in Communication within Science, Engineering and Technology (SET).
Dr Mason is one of six women recognised in this year's awards. In honour of her achievements, her portrait will
be unveiled as part of an exclusive exhibition launched at the Royal Academy of Engineering on 18th March 2010.
The Women of Outstanding Achievement (WoOA) exhibition, led by the UK Resource Centre for Women in SET,
showcases some of the UK's most inspiring women currently working across the SET sectors.
Dr Mason has made outstanding contributions to communication, in discovery in her field and in leadership and
inspiration to others. She has led and contributed towards many successful science communication groups,
participated in many outreach projects and given science presentations to audiences at a variety of summer music
festivals, including Glastonbury.
She is internationally recognised as a researcher in atomic astrophysics and currently leads the Sun|trek
project which investigates the Sun and its effects on the Earth.
Dr Mason said of her award 'I feel proud that my academic and pastoral work has been acknowledged. One of the
best things about working in SET is the great teams and the sense of achievement it brings. Science is a
communal field and you have to be a good team player. I have been fortunate to have had many mentors, both male
and female, who have supported me, as well as the encouragement of my family, throughout my career.'
The UK Resource Centre for women in science, engineering and technology was established in 2004 to support the
Government's ten-year strategy for Science and Innovation.