Women in Science 2015 - March 7th - March 28th

The Women in Science Festival will return on 7th March 2015 with even more events, activities and celebrations of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Our printed programme will be released and distributed in early February.

We are pleased to announce that the festival will open with a Saturday Evening Lecture Series talk from Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, the first female president of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Tapping all our talents: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - 6pm, 7th March 2015

Scotland is often seen as a scientific nation and one that highly values education. Are women major participants in these areas or are they male dominated? Is the scene changing? This talk looks at the position of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in Scotland and makes some comparisons with other countries.

Jocelyn Bell Burnell inadvertently discovered pulsars as a radio astronomy graduate student, opening up a new branch of astrophysics - work recognised by the award of a Nobel Prize to her supervisor. She is the first female President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

On the 28th March, the Festival will close with a talk from Dame Sally Davies - The Risks to Society of Unrestricted Antibiotic Use - 6pm, Saturday 28th March 2015

The development of effective antibiotics revolutionised healthcare in the second half of the 20th Century, leading to massive falls in the threat to the public from a range of major diseases. However, the widespread use of these agents has led to problems of resistance, so that the prospect of resurgence of illnesses such as tuberculosis is
now a reality. How society tackles this is now an urgent problem that requires concerted international action. Dame Sally Davies is the Chief Medical Officer for England.

This lecture is the inaugural Margaret Fairlie Lecture. The College of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing received an Athena SWAN Bronze Award from the National Equality Challenge Unit, recognising commitment to advancing women’s careers in science and are celebrating this by honouring some of our successful females. Professor Margaret Fairlie was the first female Professor in Scotland and also held the first Medical Chair taken up by a woman.

Click on this link to reserve tickets for either of these events. A book signing and drinks reception follow both lectures.


Get Involved

Women in Science is a collaboration between the University of Dundee, Abertay University, Dundee Science Centre, the James Hutton Institute and the Dundee Women's Festival. We always welcome new partners and supporters, so please get in touch if you want to be part of this festival.

We welcome suggestions on events and speakers that would enhance the festival in 2015. Please get in touch with the team at revealingresearch@dundee.ac.uk or call us on 01382 386660.


Keep in Touch

We update our Facebook page regularly at www.facebook.com/DundeeWomenInScience. Please visit our page and like us. You can also follow our hashtag on Twitter using the #WomenSciFest hashtag.







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The University of Dundee  and The College of Dentistry, Medicine and Nursing have booth been awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Award

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Find out more about how Equate Scotland supports women working in Science, Engineering and Technology
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Reports on Women in Science

Why do we run women in science? Why do women need their own science festival? There are many reasons why we want to both celebrate and encourage women in the STEM subjects:

  • Although studies show a vast majority of girls show an interest in STEM subjects, even half of girls interested in STEM subjects think that STEM subjects aren't typical career paths for girls, and very few girls rate a STEM career as their first choice
  • Although in science subjects, women make up approximately half of all science graduates, these are highly skewed towards medicine and allied subjects, veterinary and biological sciences. If only looking at physical sciences, engineering and maths, only 26.5% of these graduates are female.
  • Female scientists make fewer grant applications, and have a lower success rate of grant applications - which also correlates to females having fewer research papers on average compared with men, particularly through the first 10 years of their career.
  • Perhaps unsurprisingly, many women report balancing family life with their career as the limiting factor on their productivity. More time off to raise children, and fewer hours in the lab on average mean fewer publications.
  • Supporting women works! - research shows that young girls who have had interactions with women from STEM subjects are more interested, and more likely to pursue an education in a STEM subject

The Science Behind Women in Science

Women in Science is practically a whole scientific discipline unto itself, with 3 dedicated journals, and hundreds of scientific papers across a whole range of science journals. Below you can find links to some papers and reports which show the statistics and science of the reasons behind women's underrepresentation in science.


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