Ada Lovelace Day 2016 in Edinburgh #ALD16

adalovelaceday_indieevent_whiteToday is Ada Lovelace Day, a worldwide celebration of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. Across Edinburgh there are a number of events to mark the day.

Edinburgh Napier University is hosting a public lecture this evening at its Craiglockhart Campus. The speaker is Professor Caroline Wilkinson, Director of the Face Lab at Liverpool John Moores University. Caroline will discuss her varied career and how it has combined science with a number of disciplines including art, forensics, computing and anatomy.  She will also make the case for women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM). This event is chaired by Dr Sandra Cairncross, Assistant Principal at Edinburgh Napier University and Chair of Equate Scotland. I will be giving the vote of thanks and chairing the Q&A session following Caroline’s talk. Continue reading

Ada Lovelace Day 2015 and the economic imperative for more women in STEM

Ada Lovelace Day logoToday is Ada Lovelace Day, the international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). At Edinburgh Napier University we’re marking the day with a public lecture to be delivered by Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock this evening at our Craiglockhart campus. In her presentation Dr Aderin-Pocock will address the question of why so few girls take up careers in science, technology engineering and maths. She will explain why we need more women in these areas and propose strategies to encourage girls to study the STEM subjects at school so that these career routes are open to them. Continue reading

Ada Lovelace Day 2015: Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock on the challenge of women in science

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock

We’re marking Ada Lovelace Day 2015 next Tuesday 13th October at Edinburgh Napier University by hosting a public lecture by Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE (BBC Sky at Night presenter) on the challenge of women in science.

Although science and technology play a critical role in our lives, a significant proportion of the population is under-represented in this workforce. Maggie will address the question of why so few girls take up careers in science technology engineering and maths (STEM). She will explain why we need more women in these areas, outlining a three-pronged approach to ensure that all are encouraged to study the STEM subjects.

I very much enjoyed hearing Maggie speak in Glasgow last year. Continue reading