Brookes researcher to attend Women of the Year Lunch

Friday, 11 October 2013

Anne Osterrieder

Dr Anne Osterrieder joins 400 inspirational women at the annual event to celebrate achievement across all fields

Dr Anne Osterrieder has been handpicked in recognition of her personal contribution to society to join 400 women from all walks of life at the Women of the Year Lunch.

This year’s event will take place on Monday 14 October 2013 at the InterContinental London Park Lane Hotel.  

The Women of the Year Lunch and Awards ceremony honours women’s incredible personal achievements.  

It brings together more than 400 extraordinary women from all walks of life, all of whom have achieved something of significance.

Each guest is regarded as a ‘Woman of the Year’ and represents not only herself, but the millions of women who make a difference every day.  

Dr Anne Osterrieder is attending in celebration of her work both as a researcher within Oxford Brookes’ Department of Biological Sciences, but also her pioneering work as a communicator of science.  

She was awarded the prestigious President’s Medal for Education and Public Affairs by the Society for Experimental Biology last year in recognition for her work in public engagement. 

Dr Osterrieder commented, “I felt very honoured to be invited to attend the Women of the Year Lunch and join such impressive company. My role at Oxford Brookes allows me not only to continue my research into plant cell biology but also pursue my passion for making science more accessible, understandable and interesting for everyone.  

“I am involved with a large number of public and online activities engage different audiences and I look forward to discussing this work and hearing about the inspiring work of others at the event.” 

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, President of Women of the Year and former Chancellor of Oxford Brookes, said: “The remarkable thing about this lunch is that it’s not just about celebrity or success. It’s about seeing the exceptional in unusual places, recognizing women not only for their drive, ambition and tenacity, but for seeing a need and finding a way to make a difference. For taking the hard knocks, surviving them, and sticking at it. 

“These women are role models. Their courage is breath-taking and they reaffirm our faith in the human condition by showing us that, wherever you are, people do good things for each other.” 

At the event, special awards will be presented to exceptional women who have each proved an inspiration to others through their courage, selflessness and dedication. The winners are selected by a judging panel made up of prominent female figures in media, business and the charity sector.  

The winners will be announced on Monday 14 October 2013.