Ada Lovelace Day 2023

On Tuesday 10th October 2023, the University’s Information Services team are celebrating Ada Lovelace Day 2023 which is an international celebration day of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

We have an afternoon of talks, activities and training planned for Ada Lovelace Day.  This will take place on the first floor of the Main Library (Central Area) from 11:00-17:00 in Room 1.07.

You can confirm your attendance via Event Booking now (open to all University students and staff):

Book your place

Schedule

  • 11am-11:15am
    • Join us for tea, coffee and cake  in Room 1.07 Main Library
  • 11:15am-1pm 
    • We have a series of lightning talks including:
      • Dr Melissa Highton, Assistant Principal University of Edinburgh on why we celebrate Ada Lovelace Day and inspirational women in STEM
      • Professor Frauke Zeller, Professor of HCI & Creative Informatics in the School of Computing and Engineering & the Built Environment at Napier University to talk about her research in big data analyses, audience analytics, AI ethics and Human-Computer and Robot Interaction. She will tell us the story of the world’s first hitchhiking robot with a talk titled “Can a robot be your friend? The creativity in robot research”
      • Professor Ruth King, Thomas Bayes Professor of Statistics Mathematics, with an intriguing talk titled “A life in Statistics motivated by Agatha Christie – the “Queen of Crime””
      • Dr Catherine Bromley, Head of Service (Digital Strategy & Product Development) for Public Health Scotland.  Catherine will talk about the public good of statistics
      • Bhargavi Ganesh – an Informatics PhD student  who works in the area of AI will be giving a talk titled “Tracing Tree Rings: Embracing Unconventional Paths in STEM”
  • 1pm-2pm settle down for some lunch, colouring in, badge and sticker making, and green-screen photos with Ada Lovelace
  •  2pm-5pm Changing the ways the stories are told – a Wikipedia editing event
    • 2pm-3pm Join our Wikimedia editathon (Full Wikipedia training – learn how to edit the free encyclopedia!)
    • Short break
    • 3pm-5pm Researching & writing new pages (50-100 words+) about Women in STEM to publish and share. Nominate your STEM heroines here

Other Activities Happening

Edinburgh Women in STEM Trail

Throughout the week, use the Edinburgh Women in STEM Trail (self-guided) to visit places in Edinburgh connected with women in STEM. How many of these locations can you find? If you like, take a photo of your visit (selfie or not, as you prefer), post in Twitter/X, tag @UoE_LTW and add the hashtag #UoEAdaDay2023. We can’t wait to see your photos!

 

uCreate Studio

If you’ve not heard about uCreate Studio, the University’s biggest community makerspace, they are running some induction sessions in the library during Ada Lovelace day:

Book now to make sure you get a place!

 

Empowering Women in STEM – A Progressive Learning Journey

This is a curated LinkedIn Learning pathway created by our Digital Skills Team especially for Ada Lovelace Day.

Learning pathway (requires University login)

 

Tweeting your experience?

Use our tag – #UoEAdaDay2023

 

Data and Programming Fortnight

Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day with two weeks of data and programming courses offered by the Digital Skills Team from the 9th to 20th of October. Open to all students and completely free to attend!

Read more details and register here – https://edin.ac/44UITUJ. Also stay tuned for the Digital Skills Team’s upcoming themed fortnights!

 

Here’s One I Made Earlier

35 different round STEM badge designsLTW Graphic Designer Nicky Greenhorn has kindly created new STEM badge designs for Ada Lovelace Day 2022.

These are designed for 25mm small badges and stickers. We’ve applied a Creative Commons attribution licence to make them an OER (Open Educational Resource).

A4 300 dpi badge designs (via Flickr)

Copyright © Nicky Greenhorn, The University of Edinburgh 2022 CC BY

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

 

Celebrating Film & TV Depictions

Celebrating Film and Television Depictions of Women in STEM

In honour of Ada Lovelace Day, an international holiday celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), we’re highlighting our favourite depictions of women in STEM in film and TV to spur you to develop your digital skills. Read on for our top picks and what courses on our Digital Skills Programme you can take if you’re feeling inspired.

Watch: Hidden Figures (2016)

Based on the book of the same name, Hidden Figures recounts the true story of Black female mathematicians Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), who worked at NASA during the 1960s Space Race. While all three women prove themselves formidable in a white/male-dominated workplace, an especially inspiring storyline shows Dorothy teaching herself and her co-workers programming after NASA installs an IBM 7090 electronic computer that threatens to replace “human computers,” a move that sees her promoted to supervise the Programming Department.

Take: Introduction to Data Science (5 October, 26 October, 23 November 2022) – If you loved Hidden Figures, you’ll definitely want to check out our Introduction to Data Science webinar, which familiarises beginners with concepts such as big data, statistics and analysis, and coding languages and tools.

Watch: Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (2020-2021)

Episode 2.06 “Zoey’s Extraordinary Reckoning”

The musical comedy-drama Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist charts the story of Zoey Clarke (Jane Levy), a software developer at the fictional San Francisco-based tech company SPRQ Point. After an earthquake occurs during Zoey’s MRI, she develops the ability to hear people’s inner thoughts in the form of pop songs. Despite being cancelled after two seasons, the show offers excellent insight into systemic bias in the tech world through its musical numbers, especially in season 2, episode 6, which shines a light on the need for companies to address the sector’s historic lack of racial diversity.

Take: Contextualising digital skills: Equality, diversity and inclusion in tech (19 October) – this brand new course introduces learners to some of the many equality, diversity and inclusion-related issues within the tech world and how you can do your part in dismantling systemic bias. We can’t teach you how to sing like they do in Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, but you’ll at least leave with a deeper understanding of why EDI concerns are so central to the evolving tech landscape.

Watch: The Imitation Game (2014) and Enigma (2001)

Both these films feature British codebreakers working to decrypt German messages at Bletchley Park during World War II. While The Imitation Game primarily focuses on Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), it also highlights cryptanalyst Joan Clarke’s (Keira Knightley) integral role in the breaking of the Enigma machine. Enigma, on the other hand, shines more of a spotlight on the Wrens (Women’s Royal Naval Service) working at Bletchley Park, albeit through a heavily fictionalised mystery plot with a terrific Kate Winslet at its centre. Both films are, however, well worth a watch, especially if you’re interested in cryptography.

Take: Information Security: Hacking Humans (17 November), Information Security: My neighbour hacked my toothbrush (24 November), or Information Security: How hackers attack (11 November).

If you’re into cryptography, chances are you’ll enjoy these Information Security sessions tracking the ever evolving cyber security landscape. Sadly, we don’t have any codebreaking workshops on offer at the moment, but we can offer some helpful guidance on making sure your data isn’t as decipherable as the Enigma machine.

Watch: Ghostbusters (2016)

Since October celebrates not only Ada Lovelace Day but also Halloween, we’d be remiss to leave out the 2016 gender-swapped remake of Ghostbusters. This updated version of the story centres on female scientists investigating paranormal phenomena in New York City. While the science of building proton packs is unfortunately beyond the scope of our Digital Skills Programme, we do have a couple of courses that would help with the data visualisation aspect of ghost-hunting.

Take: Microsoft Power BI: An Introduction to Power BI and data ethics (20 October) – this new offering introduces users to Power BI, a business intelligence tool that provides an interactive platform for “non-technical” users to understand data. Maybe if the women of Ghostbusters had used Power BI to create eye-catching and interactive dashboards, they wouldn’t have had such a hard time convincing people that ghosts were real.

Watch: The X-Files (1993-2018)

Episode 3.06 “2Shy”

You didn’t think we’d end this list without referencing Gillian Anderson’s iconic Agent Dana Scully, did you? Taking TV by storm in the early 1990s, Agent Scully made her mark on girls and women across the globe over the course of nine original seasons (before returning in 2016 for two more) as people tuned in to watch the medical doctor turned paranormal investigator go head to head with monsters, aliens and cigarette smoking men at a time when it was incredibly rare to see a woman in STEM as a leading role on a network television series.

The “Scully Effect,” wherein girls and women were inspired to pursue STEM subjects after seeing Anderson’s character onscreen, was examined in a study by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, but it’s safe to say she continues to be a role model to countless individuals.

Take: Digital safety: Lessons from Netflix (8 November). You could really watch any episode of The X-Files to see why Scully is awesome but season 3 episode 6 “2Shy” not only shows her as a fighter but also illuminates some dangers of online dating that are still relevant today. As we integrate more digital technologies into our daily lives, just as Scully and Mulder were starting to do in the 90s, it’s more important than ever to take pains to keep ourselves safe, too. Our Digital safety: Lessons from Netflix course uses examples from popular media to illustrate the importance of staying safe while connecting with others in digital spaces.


Blog post by Vicki Madden (Digital Safety Support Officer)

Digital Skills and Training / Learning, Teaching and Web Services / Information Services Group

Various Digital Skills branded merchandise including pencils, pens, fans and notepads.

ALD Digital Skills competition

Digital Skills competition for Ada Lovelace Day – win a goody bag!

To celebrate Ada Lovelace Day and promote our new course programme, the Digital Skills Team are running a competition to win a bag of branded goodies, including a pen, ruler, fan, water bottle and notebook.

To enter the competition, simply spell out ADA LOVELACE by finding 11 Digital Skills courses that start with each letter. Staff can search the People & Money Learning App for Digital Skills courses, and students can search Event Booking. Each letter should be represented by a different course (no duplicates!). If we don’t have a course starting with one of the letters, you can use a course with a word in the title starting with that letter.

Here is an example of what we are looking for, using ‘Digital Skills’ instead of ‘Ada Lovelace’.

  • D – Developing your digital skills
  • I – Introduction to Audacity
  • G – Getting started with Microsoft Teams
  • I – Information Security: Phish and tips
  • T – Teaching with Wikipedia: a practical ‘how to’ workshop
  • A – Adobe Creative Cloud Express: Introduction
  • L – Library Bitesize: Check your source
  • S – Study resources for literature reviews
  • K – Digital Research Pecha Kucha
  • I – Introduction to data science
  • L – Information Security: The evolving threat landscape
  • L – Introduction to LinkedIn Learning
  • S – Subtitling for media creators

To enter the competition, email your answer to the Digital Skills Team at is.skills@ed.ac.uk by the end of Friday 14th October 2022 – the first 5 correct answers picked at random will each get a goody bag. We will notify winners by email before 28th October. Please note that winners will need to collect their prize from Argyle House.


Blog post by Catherine Koppe (Senior Digital Skills Trainer) and Tracy Steinberg (Data and IT Skills L&D Professional)

Digital Skills and Training / Learning, Teaching and Web Services / Information Services Group

Photograph of laptop displaying the LinkedIn Learning home page

LinkedIn Learning collection

8 video thumbnailsCelebrate the achievements of women in STEM with this collection of courses and videos, inspired by Ada Lovelace, presented by women in STEM industries.

LinkedIn Learning collection

This collection was curated by the Digital Skills and Training team.


Blog post by Digital Skills and Training team

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'Ada Lovelace Day' illustrated portrait of Ada with circuit board background.

Ada Lovelace Day 2022

Photo montage of 5 people making STEM badges and stickers.On Tuesday 11th October 2022, the University’s Information Services team are celebrating Ada Lovelace Day 2022 which is an international celebration day of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

We have an afternoon of talks, activities and training planned for Ada Lovelace Day.  This will take place on the first floor of the Main Library (Central Area) from 11:00-17:00 in Room 1.07.

You can confirm your attendance via Event Booking now (open to all UoE students and staff):

Book your place

Schedule

  • 11am-1pm ‘No circumstance in the natural world is more inexplicable than the diversity of form and colour in the human race’
    • Join us to craft multi-coloured Ada Lovelace and Mary Somerville designs and make your own pin badges and laptop stickers
  • 1pm-2pm Women in STEM snacks and talks
    • Dr. Melissa Highton on why we celebrate Ada Lovelace Day
    • Karen Howie on ‘ Approaching Imposter Syndrome : False Starts and Reflections from a Woman in Tech.’
    • Prof. Emma Hart on how she takes inspiration from the natural world to build computer algorithms and evolving robots
    • Ben McConville, President of the University’s Computer Science Society, CompSoc, on Scotland’s largest tech society – run by students of the University of Edinburgh. CompSoc is a diverse community of computer scientists, programmers, and people who are passionate about all things Tech.
  •  2pm-5pm ‘Changing the ways the stories are told’ – a Wikipedia editing event.
    • 2pm-3pm Join our Wikimedia editathon (Full Wikipedia training – learn how to edit the free encyclopedia!)
    • Short break
    • 3pm-5pm Researching & writing new pages (50 words+) about Women in STEM to publish and share. Nominate your STEM heroines here.
  • 2pm-5pm uCreate Makerspace will also have activities available

University of Edinburgh CompSoc Society

CompSoc Edinburgh in Scotland’s largest tech society – run by students of the University of Edinburgh. Our Society is a diverse community of computer scientists, programmers, and people who are passionate about all things Tech.

As a society, we host monthly Student Tech Meetups, regular workshops, and many social events with a touch of Computer Science culture. CompSoc also organises one of the largest hackathons in the country, Hack the Burgh – with over 150 attendees coming from around the world.

CompSoc is always happy to have people from any discipline and we would love to have you as a part of our community.

CompSoc website

Ada Lovelace Day 2021

On Tuesday 12th October 2021, the University’s Information Services team are celebrating Ada Lovelace Day 2021 which is an international celebration day of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

This year #ALD2021 will have fun & impactful Wikipedia editing activities and evening networking events. After a year like no other, it is even more important that we come together online and in-person (if we can) to celebrate and support one another this year.

Who was Ada Lovelace? 7 facts you need to know.

Programme overview

There are two events at our Science and Engineering campus:

  • 2-5pm: Women in STEM- a Wikipedia editing event in Teaching Studio 3212 in the James Clerk Maxwell Building (JCMB) to create new articles focused on the lives and contributions of notable women in science, technology, engineering and maths. Book to attend on Eventbrite.
  • 5.16.45: Networking event at the School of Chemistry (Zoom and in-person).

All events are open to staff and students at University of Edinburgh. You can read about our work Changing the Way Stories Are Told: Improving Wikipedia Content about Women in Scotland in a new Open Access book on Wikipedia and Academic Libraries.

Booking details – Tuesday 12 October 2021

1. The Wikipedia editathon in the JCMB building – booking is now open!

  • 2pm – Arrive in Teaching Studio 3212 in James Clerk Maxwell Building.
  • 2:15pm to 3pm – Learn a new digital skill in learning how to edit Wikipedia
  • 3pm to 3.15pm – Tea break!
  • 3.15pm to 4:30pm – Researching and writing new pages about inspirational #WomenInSTEM
  • 4.30pm to 5pm – Publishing your new page on Wikipedia!
  • 5pm – Show off your brand new page and event close.

We are also currently accepting nominations for suggested Wikipedia articles:

We just need a name suggestion of someone suitably notable/eminent in their field and some sources of information (reliable published secondary sources ideally independent of the person themselves) to get a bio written of 50-100 words or more and help others all around the world read, discover and be inspired by their work.

Photo of people chatting at Ada Lovelace Day 2018 evening event at King’s Buildings campus.2. Evening networking event – Women in Chemistry (5.30-6.45pm (Zoom and in-person event)

The School of Chemistry are organising a hybrid event to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day and the 5 year anniversary of the Christina Miller Fellowship scheme, with the 5 Christina Miller Fellows sharing their stories and experiences (inc. Dr. Jenni Garden). In this short video, Dr. Jenni Garden and Professor Michael Seery discuss “What do we want the modern graduate to be?”

The online part of the event will run from 5:30 – 6:45pm using Zoom.

More details are available on Eventbrite.

3. Ada Hack

The Edinburgh Hoppers have decided to organise a hackathon in honour of Ada Lovelace. It’ll be taking place from 15th – 17th October, virtually. Here is the link to the Adahack website for more information :  https://adahack.tech/.

 

4. Colour your own Ada and Mary – Ada Lovelace OERS

These Open Education Resources are free to use and colour in from our Interactive Content Blog, Flickr and Wikimedia Commons:

Garden of Ada (Ada Lovelace):

Blog page: https://interactive-content.is.ed.ac.uk/ald15/

Mechanism of the Heavens (Mary Somerville):

Blog page: https://interactive-content.is.ed.ac.uk/mechanism-of-the-heavens/

More OERs can be found on our OER Service page:

5. Free short online STEM courses

More than 4 million learners have taken one of our free short online courses, and more than half of the learners on FutureLearn and Coursera are women! We’ve a huge choice of STEM short online courses you can take – and they’re totally free. Here are just a few:

Browse our whole catalogue of STEM short online courses here!

6. Why we still need to talk about Diversity in STEM

The Imperial College physicist Dr. Jess Wade was named one of Nature’s ’10 people who matter in Science’ 2018, as she made the resolution to make a Wikipedia page every day to highlight the often underacknowledged work of women, LGBT+ and scientists of colour. She has now written almost 1,500 biographies of women in STEM onto Wikipedia now. Jess recorded this talk for us last August and this one for the Women in STEM Society , on Why we still need to talk about Diversity in STEM.

Jess is only one person and we need LOTS more editors to help combat gender inequality. Only ~10% of Wikipedia editors are female which skews the content available in our search results so we need more female editors but we need more men to step up too to write about these gaps in our shared knowledge. Some suggested names for inspiring women in STEM missing from our search results are on this Women in Red list.

There will also be Wikipedia editing events happening in England, Wales, and New Zealand on the same day.

7. Resources to bridge the digital gender divide

In celebration of Ada Lovelace Day 2021, the Digital Skills and Training team have created a resource list dedicated to bridging the digital gender divide. As Ada Lovelace Day celebrates the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM), we thought it was time to shine a light on the barriers that women and girls the world over face when it comes to digital participation – particularly, the abuse and harassment that women face online. The following resources offer more information on the digital gender divide and the steps needed to close it. Content warning: Sexism, violence.

Link: Resource List

LinkedIn Learning – ALD20

These resources are all presented by or feature influential women in STEM and are recommended by  the Digital Skills and Training, Information Services Group.

LinkedIn Learning – ALD 2020 collection

The following resources are all presented by or feature influential women in STEM and are recommended by the Digital Skills and Training team, Information Services Group.

The Digital Skills and Training team have a wealth of resources around the topics of data and programming. Take a look at some of our online resources and webinars below, and book your place to develop your skills in the spirit of Ada Lovelace:

  1. Basic Data Visualisations, 13th October 10.30am: Book here.
  2. Developing Your Data Skills Programme: Book here.
  3. Online Learning: Introduction to Python:  Book here.
  4. Online Learning: Python for Data Science: Book here.

We also have a new ‘Introduction to Programming’ webinar coming up in the next few weeks. Keep your eyes peeled for the pilot announcement!

ALD 20 playlist on LinkedIn Learning

What is LinkedIn Learning?

LinkedIn Learning is on an online skills development service offering an extensive library of high-quality video courses in business, creative and technical skills. The University of Edinburgh has a campus-wide licence, offering staff and students unlimited access to the service via the web and mobile apps.

Further information about LinkedIn Learning

Ada Lovelace Day 2020

On Tuesday 13th October 2020, the University’s Information Services team are running a range of events to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day 2020 which is an international celebration day of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

This year #ALD2020 will have a series of lightning talks, fun & impactful Wikipedia editing activities and evening networking events. With social distancing restrictions in place it is even more important that we come together online to celebrate and support one another this year.

#WomenInSTEM assemble!

Programme overview

The day is split in four parts:

All events are open to staff and students at University of Edinburgh. Book to attend one session, two, three or all four.

Booking details

1. Lightning Talks – book here

  • 12pm-12:10pm – Housekeeping and welcome from Melissa Highton, Assistant Principal for Online Learning.
  • 12.10pm to 1pm – Lightning talks.
    • Professor Jane Hillston, Deputy Vice Principal for Research and Head of School of Informatics will reflect on her experiences and the importance of mentors in STEM careers.
    • Dr. Athina Frantzana–   along with the Edinburgh University Women in STEM (EUWiSTEM) SocietySpread the Word  conducted an investigation into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students’ experiences of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at the University of Edinburgh. Athina will present her findings.
    • Kirsty Lingstadt, Head of Digital Library, and Mike Boyd, manager of UCreate Makerspace will introduce the huge range of creative making opportunities available to students and staff at the University of Edinburgh.
    • Dr. Victoria Madden, Digital Safety Officer will present her findings which highlight the experiences of women online.
    • Lilinaz Rouhani, Equality and Data Officer will present the findings from her research into how different groups have experienced the shift to working digitally from home.
    • Ruth Boreham, writer and researcher will tell us stories of  Ada Lovelace‘s Scottish mentor, Mary Somerville after whom the data centre at Kings Buildings is named.

2. The Wikipedia editathon on Zoom – book here

3. Evening networking event – Women in STEM Society (5-7pm)

Book here.

For Ada Lovelace 2020 we will be virtually celebrating our role models with lightning talks, followed by a networking social to allow students to meet each other, industry professionals and our amazing speakers.

5:00pm: Welcome and Introduction

5:10pm: Lightning Talks

    • – Dr Alexis Cartwright-Taylor
    • – Nathalia Rus
    • – Dr Rosa Santomartino
    • – Maxim Cramer
  • 6:00pm: Networking sessions x 3
  • 7:00pm: End

4. Evening networking event – Women in Chemistry (7-8.15pm)

Book here.

Hosted by the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh and ScotChem this free online event will feature talks from our invited speakers followed by a panel discussion to raise awareness, promote discussion and celebrate women in STEM. Our speakers include:

  • – Dame Athena Donald, University of Cambridge.
  • – Debra Carr, DASA.
  • – Hilary Jones, Chair of the Brewing Industry Leadership Group.
  • – Aruna Ivaturi, University of Strathclyde.
  • – Kiani Jeacock, University of Edinburgh.

Additional details on the Wikipedia editing event, including article to be created or improved:

We are also currently accepting nominations for suggested Wikipedia articles:

The following resources are all presented by or feature influential women in STEM and are recommended by the Digital Skills and Training team, Information Services Group.

The Digital Skills and Training team have a wealth of resources around the topics of data and programming. Take a look at some of our online resources and webinars below, and book your place to develop your skills in the spirit of Ada Lovelace:

  1. Basic Data Visualisations, 13th October 10.30am: Book here.
  2. Developing Your Data Skills Programme: Book here.
  3. Online Learning: Introduction to Python:  Book here.
  4. Online Learning: Python for Data Science: Book here.

We also have a new ‘Introduction to Programming’ webinar coming up in the next few weeks. Keep your eyes peeled for the pilot announcement!