‘Halfway’ is a short film about the daily struggles of women in STEM. The script was developed based on real experiences of women who work in STEM/academic environments. Experiences were recounted through interviews and the distribution of an online survey.

This film was commissioned by the Bristol Science Film Festival which is supported by the British Science Association. It premiered at the At-Bristol Planetarium on March 16th 2017.

Cast and Crew


Director/Writer/Producer: Florence Schechter
Director/Cinematographer/Editor: Alistair Jennings
Assistant Director: Lia Suissa
Runners: Joy Aston and Emma Parkin


Poster PhD Student: Juliana Barros
Male Student: Tim Jennings
Teaching Post-Doc: Philippa Dawson
PhD Student with natural hair: Shanice Harrison
Dr Samuels: Jon Farrow
Photocopier PhD Student: Pippa Chilvers
Peeping Tom: Dorian Wainwright
Lillian: Magda Vero
Male P.I.: Asif Gillani
Rachel: Ellen Ball
Mike: Marc Shalet
Dave: Stevie Steven
Naomi: Victoria Elizabeth
Beatrice: Florence Schechter
Rude Man: George Court
Professor Patricia Davies: Sonja Doubleday
Professor Vaughn: Desmond O’Connor
Male Candidate #1: Luke Courtney
Male Candidate #2: David Walker
Alex: Lauren Chandler
Female Post-Doc: Silvia Sereni
Secretary: Joy Aston

Special Thanks

Bristol Science Film Festival
UCL Department Of Physics And Astronomy
Professor John Butterworth
Julie Smith
Lee Bebbington
Professor Dorothy Duffy
Becky Sage
Sakthy Selvakumaran
Rebecca Philp
Isabel Sargent
Isabel Christie
Joanna Bagniewska
Jane Greaves
Dr Shannon Leone Fowler


Being a woman in STEM can be hard. So we’ve compiled some resources. If you think anything should be added to this list, please contact us


Organisations for the advancement of women in STEM

WISE - WISE enables and energises people in business, industry and education to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

STEMettes - a fun organisation which runs events to encourage the next generation of women in STEM.

ScienceGrrl - ScienceGrrl is a broad-based, grassroots organisation celebrating and supporting women in science; a network of people who are passionate about passing on their love of science on to the next generation. 

CodeFirst: Girls - An organisation which delivers free training to women, runs community events and helps organisations hire more women.

Girls Who Code - A fast-growing organisation which runs programs for girls at school. 



“Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: The Talent Pipeline from Classroom to Boardroom”, WISE

“Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics”, AAUW

“Australia’s STEM Workforce”, Australia’s Chief Scientist

“Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math”, Girl Scouts

“UK Science and Discovery Centres: Effectively engaging under-represented groups”, UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres

“Aspires: Young people’s science and career aspirations, age 10 –14”, Kings College London


“Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science?” by Eileen Pollack for The New York Times

“Why It's Crucial to Get More Women Into Science” by Marguerite Del Giudice, for National Geographic  

“Women In STEM Around The World: Where We've Improved, And Where We Can Do Better” by Robin Andrews for IFLScience


Watch Hidden Figures. A major film about intersectional feminism based on a true story? What more could we want.

365 Women in STEM is a twitter account started on International Women’s Day 2017 which highlights one excellent woman in STEM every day for the next year.

SciGirls is a PBS hosted website with lots of fun science-related games and videos.

“What Kind Of A Scientist Could I Be?” is a poster produced by Ada Lovelace Day and ARM that says “You might think that a scientist is a person in a white lab coat who spends their life peering down a microscope, but there are many different sorts of career in science, technology, engineering and maths” then has 10 illustrations of women in different types of roles.