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!

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

Networking Evening

The Edinburgh University Women in STEM are hosting a Networking Evening tomorrow from 17:30-20:00 at the Project Room, 50 George Square.

SOLD OUT – You can join the waiting list using the ‘get tickets’ link. If anyone can’t make it anymore we will get in touch.

Join us on Ada Lovelace Day for an evening of networking with lots of great employers! We will be joined by FDM, Amazon, Bloomberg, Softwire, Charles River, The Almac Group, Saggezza, Newtyne, Scott Logic, Lloyds, RBS and Equate Scotland. A special thanks to FDM for sponsoring this event!

We have limited places for this event so don’t forget to sign-up!

Arrive from 5:30pm for a 6pm start. We will finish this event with drinks and nibbles! Looking forward to seeing you all there xx

Facebook event listing

Event sign up form

LinkedIn Learning – ALD 2019

These resources are all presented by or feature influential women in STEM and are recommended by Tracy Steinberg, one of our own women in data, in Digital Skills and Training, Information Services Group.

LinkedIn Learning – ALD 2019 collection

Thumbnails previews of LinkedIn Learning videos and courses.

Data Driven Innovation interview

Find out more about Tracy in this article for the Data Driven Innovation Programme’s Women in Data campaign and about the course presenters by clicking on their names within the videos.

Interview with Tracy

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

Edinburgh Hoppers

The official society for women in informatics at the University of Edinburgh have kindly shared their plans for Ada Lovelace day next Tuesday, the 8th of October.

Please note, all their events take place in room G.07 Informatics Forum.

All are welcome, so come along and bring your friends! A ticket is not necessary to attend. In order to know the numbers of attendees, we ask you to register via Eventbrite.

Edinburgh Hopper Eventbrite listing

Edinburgh Hoppers Facebook group

Mary Somerville Data Centre

As part of our activities to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day this year, and to mark the occasion of the completion of a major upgrade project in the James Clerk Maxwell Building  data centre, we are going to name the data centre after Mary Somerville, so it’ll be the MSDC at the JCMB.

“If you are looking for a a female scientist and activist to celebrate, Mary Somerville is your woman.”

Please read Melissa Highton’s latest blog post on why Mary Somerville is the perfect choice for this data centre.

2019 booking now open

On Tuesday 8th October 2019, the University’s Information Services team are running a range of events to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day 2019 which is an international celebration day of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

This year the day will have a particular focus on women in engineering and #ALD2019 will have talks, activities and networking at multiple campus locations.

Programme overview

The day is split in four parts:

  1. Drop-in activities from 10:30am to 12:30pm in the Eng Inn social space at the School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh.
  2. Guest speaker, Dr. Nina Baker on the History of Women in Engineering from 1:30pm to 2pm in Room 5326, James Clerk Maxwell Building.
  3. Women in Enginering – a Wikipedia editing event to create new articles focused on the lives and contributions of notable women in engineering.
  4. Keynote event – Professor Ursula Martin on “The Scientific Life of Ada Lovelace” at the Informatics Forum. This will be followed by a drinks and nibbles reception.

All events are open to staff, student and members of the public. Book to attend one session, two, three or all four.

Booking details

10:30am to 12:30pm: Drop-in activities at the Eng Inn social space, School of Engineering

  • Sticker making – create your own STEM heroine sticker.
  • Badge making – create your own Women in STEM badge.
  • Colouring in – colour in our original Mary Somerville design.

1:30pm to 2pm: Dr. Nina Baker on the History of Women in Engineering – Room 5326 in the JCMB Building

Booking is now open!

2:30pm to 5pm: Women in Engineering – Wikipedia editing event in Room 3211 in the JCMB Building

Booking is now open!

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

We are also currently accepting nominations for suggested Wikipedia articles:

5.45pm to 8pm: The Scientific Life of Ada Lovelace – a talk by Professor Ursula Martin CBE at the Informatics Forum

The talk will commence at 6pm and will be followed by a drinks and nibbles reception from 7pm to 8pm.

 

Nominate an engineering heroine

Use the following open access form to nominate your contemporary or historical engineering heroine for our upcoming Wikipedia editing event on the afternoon of October 8th.

Nominate your engineering heroine

As part of our celebration of Ada Lovelace Day 2019 we are looking for women in engineering who do not currently have Wikipedia pages (or pages that need improving).

Booking is also now open for attending the Wikipedia editing event at Murchison House, King’s Buildings.

The scientific life of Ada Lovelace

A talk for Ada Lovelace Day 2019 by Professor Ursula Martin

We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker for Ada Lovelace Day 2019 at the University of Edinburgh is Professor Ursula Martin CBE FREng FRSE DSc.

This evening talk is a free event and part of a whole day of activities celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Date, time and location

  • Tuesday 8th October 2019
  • 17:45 – 20:00 BST
  • Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB

Book your free place now

Professor Ursula Martin Eventbrite event listing

Ada Lovelace

Ada, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852) is best known for a remarkable article about Babbage’s unbuilt computer, the Analytical Engine, which not only presented the first documented computer program, but also, going well beyond Babbage’s ideas of computers as manipulating numbers, outlined their creative possibilities and the limits of what they could do.

The comprehensive archive of Lovelace’s papers preserved in Oxford’s Bodleian Library displays Lovelace’s wide scientific interests, and her grasp of the potential of mathematics as a uniting link between the material and symbolic worlds.

In this talk we start to explore Lovelace, her background, her scientific ideas and her contemporary legacy, and reflective more broadly on the role of history of computing in present day thinking about the discipline.

Professor Ursula Martin

Professor Ursula Martin CBE FREng FRSE DSc is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh, and a Visiting Professor in Mathematics at the University of Oxford. After a career in research and research leadership spanning many aspects of computing and mathematics, she now works on the context, long term development and impact of fundamental ideas in computer science

Programme for the event

  • 5.45pm – 6pm: Arrive at the venue
  • 6pm – 6.45pm: The scientific life of Ada Lovelace – talk by Professor Ursula Martin
  • 6.45pm-7pm: Audience Q&A
  • 7pm – 8pm: Drinks and nibbles reception
  • 8pm: Event close
Photo of people chatting at Ada Lovelace Day 2018 evening event at King’s Buildings campus.

ALD 2019 – Save The Date

We’re less than three months away from Ada Lovelace Day 2019, which is happening on Tuesday 8th October this year.

Pop it in your calendar now and we’ll announce further details about the University’s plans on this website shortly. Once again we have provisional plans for both daytime and evening activities, so we should have at least one event you can hopefully attend.

Find out more on the official Ada Lovelace Day website – https://findingada.com