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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.


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