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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


  • 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!


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!

Ada Lovelace Day 2016

Hi all,

Just a gentle reminder that Ada Lovelace Day 2016 will be coming up on Tuesday 11th October 2016 and we will be looking to reconvene a working group to prepare for an Ada Lovelace day of events; incorporating a Wikipedia editathon celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).


The focus might shift a little this year to female mentors given that Mary Somerville is to grace the £10 note this year so with an extra focus on women in maths too.

If you were part of the working group last year then we’d love to get the group reconvened and if anyone who wasn’t involved last year would like to be this year then we’d love to hear your ideas too; hopefully building (geddit?) on the success of the Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage Lego and Raspberry Pi covers from last year. Similarly, if you know of someone who would like to be involved then please feel free to forward on the event details and let them know I’d love to hear from them.


I’ve created the Wikipedia event page accordingly so that we can populate it over the next few months with some notable women in STEM.

Other projects are in development too. If you would like to be involved in them then email me.


Many thanks,