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Shortlist Announced for the Wales STEM Awards 2022


Tata Steel, EESW STEM Cymru, DVLA and Wales Interactive are amongst 34 prestigious businesses and individuals shortlisted for the 2022 Wales STEM Awards.

All finalists have been celebrated for their dedication towards making a difference to, and championing, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) in Wales.

Following the success of the inaugural awards, the Wales STEM Awards 2022 will shine a spotlight on those leading the sector in Wales, those businesses creating an impact on the Welsh economy, those addressing the STEM diversity gap and skills shortage, and those inspiring and raising aspirations of the next generation.

All finalists across the 12 categories will now be considered by an industry-leading panel of judges, with the winners being announced at the awards ceremony at the Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel on 27th October 2022.

The 2022 shortlist:

  • Innovation in STEM sponsored by CEMET: Design Reality Ltd, Dewin Tech, Llusern Scientific Ltd, Lunia 3D Ltd, Marine Power Systems
  • STEM Ambassador of the Year: Seb Yorke (CatSci), Tony Thompson (Thompson STEM Engagement), Mark Jones (DVLA)
  • STEM Company of the Year (over 50 employees) sponsored by Cardiff Metropolitan University: CatSci, DVLA, Industrial Automation and Control Ltd
  • STEM Company of the Year (under 50 employees) sponsored by Linea Resourcing: North Wales Science (trading as Xplore!), SparkLab Cymru, The Centre for Photonics Expertise
  • STEM Educational Programme of the Year (Not-For-Profit): EESW STEM Cymru, North Wales Science (trading as Xplore!), STEM Untapped CIC, The Darwin Centre
  • STEM Educational Programme of the Year (Private Sector): Bouygues UK, Equal Education Partners, Exotopic Ltd, SparkLab Cymru, Welsh Contact Centre Forum – Welsh Graduate Programme
  • STEM Educational Programme of the Year (Public) sponsored by Educators Wales: Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, MSc in Bioinformatics Programme (Cardiff University), Swansea University Science for Schools Scheme, Technocamps, The Centre for Photonics Expertise, University of South Wales
  • STEM International Business of the Year: Laser Wire Solutions, Pontus Research Ltd, Wales Interactive
  • STEM Rising Star of the Year sponsored by CSA Catapult: Rosie Cane (Exotopic Ltd), Charlotte Lewis (Simbec-Orion Group Ltd), Joel Evans (Tata Steel)
  • STEM Start-up of the Year: Dewin Tech, Llusern Scientific Ltd, POET Systems Ltd, Think Air, Thompson STEM Engagement
  • STEM Sustainability Award: Design Reality Ltd, Gwynt Glas Offshore Wind Farm Ltd, Industrial Automation and Control Ltd, Think Air
  • STEM Woman of the Year sponsored by Development Bank of Wales: Louise Juliff (Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council), Hannah Mance (Pontus Research Ltd), Tracey Thomas (Simbec-Orion Group Ltd), Sharon Johnstone (University of South Wales)

Co-founder of the awards Liz Brookes, said:

“We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2022 Wales STEM Awards.

With the success of the inaugural awards really highlighting the amazing work of the most progressive organisations and individuals at the forefront of STEM innovation in Wales, we’re looking forward to recognising and celebrating those that have done some impressive stuff over the course of this year too!

“We’d like to congratulate all those shortlisted and look forward to seeing them all at the awards evening in October.”

Dr Louise Bright, head of judges and founder of Wales Women in STEM Network, said: “The Wales STEM Awards do such an important job recognising and celebrating the achievements of organisations and individuals working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in Wales. This year, just like the first Wales STEM Awards, I’ve been privileged to read about the inspiring work happening around the country. I am looking forward to meeting the nominees and learning more about them and unlike our inaugural year, celebrating their success in person at the awards ceremony in October.”

The Wales STEM Awards has been jointly organised by Grapevine Event Management and communications agency jamjar and are sponsored by The Centre of Excellence in Mobile and Emerging Technology (CEMET), the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult, Development Bank of Wales, Business News Wales, Linea Resourcing, Educators Wales and Cardiff Metropolitan University.

The full shortlist can be found at