8 October 2023

Happy ADA Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace Day (ALD) is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). It aims to increase the profile of women in STEM and, in doing so, create new role models who will encourage more girls into STEM careers and support women already working in STEM.

Founded in 2009 by Suw Charman-Anderson, it is now held every year on the second Tuesday of October. It features the flagship Ada Lovelace Day Live! ‘science cabaret’ in London, UK, at which women in STEM give short talks about their work or research in an informal, theatre-like setting.

From the Finding Ada Home Page

We don’t do anything special for this or other named days as we do stuff all year round to celebrate women in the industry – all days are special for us! We do know who does and probably the biggest group to support this day is Finding Ada so you might want to check out their yearly event: Details on their site here or on the Royal Institution site here.

They have an amazing lineup for this years event!! It’s on Tuesday the 10th btw…

Ada Lovelace Day Live is back

Our annual ‘science cabaret’ returns with a fantastic line-up of women in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM), who will share their experiences, insights, and expertise – inspiring and empowering the next generation of women in STEM.

From the ADA lovelace event page

Hosted by comedian Helen Arney

Writer, science presenter, geek songstress and ‘Voice of an Angle’ Helen Arney has appeared on TV, radio and in theatres across the world with her unique mix of stand-up, songs and science.

the show will feature …

Prof Jennifer Rohn“Why we should all be angrier about urinary tract infection”

Professor Jenny Rohn is head of the centre for Urological Biology in the department of Renal Medicine in the Division of Medicine at University College London. Jenny runs a research laboratory studying urinary tract infection, an incredibly common malady that afflicts hundreds of millions of people each year and inflicts a tremendous healthcare burden.

Dr Azza Eltraify, senior software engineer – “Greening the ICT world”

Dr Azza Eltraify

Dr Azza E A Eltraify is a project manager and senior software engineer for Ultracell Networks Ltd, a University of Leeds spinout focused on transforming networking infrastructures to improve energy efficiency and sustainability. Azza holds a PhD in electrical and electronics engineering from the University of Leeds and an MSc in networking and computer architecture from the University of Khartoum.

Dr Sophie Carr, mathematician – “Uncertainty, intuition, and superheroes”

Dr Sophie Carr is the founder and director of Bays Consulting. Sophie’s first love was Lego, then aeroplanes and her career followed suit. She trained as an engineer and whilst working full time took a PhD in bayesian belief networks and has worked in data analytics ever since. Or to put it another way, Sophie has made a living out of finding patterns.

Dr Aarathi Prasad, writer, broadcaster, and geneticist – “Silk”

Dr Aarathi Prasad is a writer, broadcaster, and researcher interested in the intersection of science and technology with cultures, history, health, and the environment. She is the author of Silk: A History in Three Metamorphoses (2023), In The Bonesetter’s Waiting Room: Travels Through Indian Medicine (2016) which was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and won the Popular Medicine Award at the BMA Awards 2017, and Like A Virgin: How Science is Redesigning the Rules of Sex (2012).

Dr Anjana Khatwa, Earth scientist and presenter – “The Jurassic Coast: Take a leap into deep time”

Dr Anjana Khatwa is an Earth scientist specialising in bringing stories about the origins and formation of natural landscapes to life for a wide range of audiences.

Anjana has appeared on BBC Four’s Beach Live as the show’s resident geologist expert, engaging audiences with her insight and knowledge about geology and fossils. She has also appeared on many shows, including ITV’s This Morning, Channel 5’s My Cornwall with Fern Britton, BBC Two’s Villages by the Sea and Fossil Detectives, More 4’s Britain’s Novel Landscapes, The History Channel’s How the Earth was Made and PBS’s Treasures of the Earth.

Dr Antonia Pontiki, biomedical engineer – “3D printing artificial organs”

Dr Antonia Pontiki is a teaching fellow in biomedical engineering at King’s College London. Antonia teaches undergraduate courses and is also a researcher in the Department of Surgical & Intervention Engineering. Her research interests include chest wall reconstruction for cancer patients, 3D printing, artificial organs, biocompatible materials, and surgical simulators.

Rosie Curran Crawley, presenter at L’Oreal Young Scientist Centre – ” Women of wonder”

Rosie presents a wide range of exciting science workshops to young people aged 7-18 in the L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre. Having struggled to find the fun in science when she was at school, she now loves working as a science communicator bringing science to life for young people just like her!

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