Ada Lovelace Day 2018 at Edinburgh Napier University #ALD18

Ada Lovelace Day logoEach year on the second Tuesday of October we mark Ada Lovelace Day at Edinburgh Napier University as part of the worldwide celebration of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. The purpose of this activity is to showcase role models who will encourage more girls into careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), and to support women who are already working in STEM.

It is interesting that Ada Lovelace Day this year falls within a fortnight of (since suspended) Cern scientist Professor Alessandro Strumia’s delivery of an offensive workshop presentation about the role of women in physics, in which he claimed that the domain was “invented and built by men” (Hypatia anyone?) and is “becoming sexist against men” (so what about the widely held views on unconscious bias against women in science?) This news was then followed by the announcement that the 2018 Nobel prize for physics is to be shared by three scientists, one of whom is a woman, Canadian Dr Donna Strickland. Then this Sunday the BBC introduced the first ever regeneration of Dr Who as a woman, much to the joy of those who believed that this was long overdue (myself included).

At our celebration on campus today we can’t promise news that grabs the headlines in the same way as the three stories cited above. However, this afternoon from 5pm onwards at our Craiglockhart campus we’re hosting a Tech Fun session. Girls of secondary school age have been invited to sign up to have a go at making an Engima code breaker, create a network using their mobile phones, program wearable computers, and control robots (as well as play arcade games, and eat pizza and ice cream). Afterwards, Sharon Moore MBE, Industry Technical Leader for Travel and Transportation IBM UK, and an excellent role model for women in STEM, is delivering the University’s annual Ada Lovelace Day lecture. Sharon will be joined on stage with Equate Scotland’s Allison Johnstone, who will outline some of the initiatives underway to make a difference for women in STEM. The talk will be followed by a drinks reception.

We look forward to a day of celebration that will be just as successful as those we hosted at Napier on Ada Lovelace Day in 2017, 2016 and 2015.

Ada Lovelace Day events Napier 2018

Vacancy: full time, permanent, Lecturer in Information Systems, Edinburgh Napier University

The School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University is currently recruiting. Please pass the message on!

We are seeking to fill a vacancy for a full-time permanent lecturer post (grade 6, £38,183-£46,924). The job is advertised on as ‘Lecturer in Information Systems’, and on the Edinburgh Napier University careers page, with a deadline for applications of Sunday 28th October 2018. Continue reading

Contributions from the Centre for Social Informatics to #ISIC2018

#ISIC2018 logo Information Seeking in Context (ISIC) 2018 takes place in Kraków, Poland, this coming week from 9th to 11th October 2018. Representing Edinburgh Napier University’s Centre for Social Informatics at the conference will be third year PhD students Alicja Pawluczuk and Lyndsey Middleton (née Jenkins). Continue reading

Call for papers: #EBLIP10 Glasgow 2019

Poster display at EBLIP6, when the conference was last hosted in the UK

The #EBLIP10 committee, led by Professor Alison Brettle, has issued the call for papers for the tenth Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP) conference. This event will take in Glasgow from 17th to 19th June 2019.

Submissions for papers and posters that fit with the broad theme of ‘Using evidence in times of uncertainty’ are invited via EasyChair. Abstracts of a maximum of 350 words (for both types of submission) are due by 30th November 2018. The submissions will be subject to double blind peer review by members of the International Programme Committee, with decisions communicated to authors by 15th January 2019. Continue reading

Opportunity for LIS academics to contribute to BAILER response to #REF2021 consultation: London 26th September 2018

REF2021 logoThis post is about the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. If you are a UK academic who undertakes research in Library and Information Management (as covered in Unit of Assessment 34), this is for you. Continue reading

Congratulations to Associate Professor Dr Colin F Smith

Dr Colin F Smith, Edinburgh Napier University

Colin Smith

Congratulations to Dr Colin F Smith on his recent promotion to the post of Associate Professor at Edinburgh Napier University.

Colin is a member of the Centre for Social Informatics. His research interests include the role of the Internet for political parties in contemporary democratic practices, digital delivery platforms for public services, and the use of new technology by parliamentarians.

Colin also supervises the doctoral work of three of the PhD students in our group: Najla Almari on interactive education for female students in Saudi Arabi; Iris Buunk on tacit knowledge sharing supported by online social platforms;  and Alicija Pawluczuk on the social impact of digital youth projects.

Journal of Librarianship and Information Science #i3rgu 2017 special issue published

i3 logoThe September 2018 issue of the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science (50(3)) has just been published. This is a special issue that brings together ten expanded versions of conference papers that were presented at Information: interactions and impact (i3) 2017 in June last year (2017).

Amongst this collection are two articles by Edinburgh Napier University colleagues: Continue reading