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

Dundee's Women in Science Festival will return on 7th March 2015 for three weeks of events, activities and celebrations of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. A good place to find out more about the festival is this Welcome Message from Prof Sue Black, the Patron of the Festival.

Women in Science 2015 poster

The 2015 Women in Science Festival programme is available online.
You can also view all of our events at a glance on a single page.‌

 

The Women in Science Festival, the UK's only festival celebrating women in science, technology, engineering & maths. The festival aims to promote careers in science to everyone, especially women and girls, it supports professional women to develop their careers and showcases the talented and exciting research taking place across Scotland.

 

We are pleased to announce that the festival will launch with a Saturday Evening Lecture Series talk from Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, the first female president of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. You can find more information on our exciting programme of events below. Our printed programme will be released and distributed in early February. 

 

Festival Events

Material Concerns - Exhibition

Date: 6 Feb 2015 – 30 May 2015,
(Open Saturday 11:00am-5:00pm. By appointment on weekdays.)

Venue: LifeSpace, The Discovery Centre, College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, DD1 5EH

Booking: Free, To make an appointment on a weekday, please email lifespace@dundee.ac.uk

Details: An exhibition that explores consent in donation and use of human tissue in life, art and scientific research at LifeSpace.

Including work by Gina Czarnecki, David Connearn, Carolee Schneemann, Verena Friedrich and Alec Finlay alongside current research and historical artefacts from the University of Dundee. Curated by Sarah Cook.

Life Sciences Zone at Dundee Science Centre – The Human Fly 

Date: Saturday 7th March 2015, 10:00am-5:00pm

Venue: Dundee Science Centre, Greenmarket, Dundee, DD1 4QB

Booking: Normal admission prices apply, non-bookable


Details: 
Join us for a fun and hands-on introduction to the biology of insects and humans with Dr Seyed Beati from The University of Dundee.

The insects on display are harmless fruit flies. These small flies are somewhat surprisingly, absolutely critical for our understanding of how all animals develop. In Dundee, we are also learning more from the flies about diseases that affect humans.

Tapping all our Talents: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Jocelyn Bell Burnell SELS promotional imageDate: Saturday 7th March 2015, 6:00pm-7:00pm

Venue:Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, DD1 5EN

Booking: Free tickets. Booking essential.
Book online, call 01382 385108 or
E-mail events@dundee.ac.uk


Details:
 Scotland is often seen as a scientific nation and one that highly values education. Are women 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.

Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell inadvertently discovered pulsars as a radio astronomy graduates 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.

Science in the Overgate

Date: Sunday 8th March 2015, 10:00am-5:00pm.

Venue:
 Overgate Shopping Centre, Dundee, DD1 1UQ 

Booking: Free, non-bookable


Details:
 Join us to celebrate International Women’s Day as we bring the 2015 Women in Science Festival to the city centre. Our first stop is Overgate Shopping Centre.

Take a break from your shopping and find out all about the latest scientific discoveries at this exciting, hands-on event. You’ll have the unique opportunity to meet local researchers, get hands-on with their projects and learn more about the intriguing research happening on your doorstep! Featuring lots of interactive exhibits and models – fun for all ages!

Science in the Wellgate 

Date: Sunday 8th March 2015, 10:00am-5:00pm

Venue: Level 1, Wellgate Shopping Centre, Dundee, DD1 2DB

Booking: Free, non-bookable



Details:
 Come along and join us for more science fun at the Wellgate! Meet local researchers and get hands-on with great science projects. Enjoy learning more about the fascinating research happening all around you in Dundee. This drop-in family event is completely free and will make any shopping trip a memorable experience. Fun for all ages! 

Life Science Zone at Dundee Science Centre - How do you see a Protein?

Date: Sunday 8th March 2015, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Venue: Dundee Science Centre, Greenmarket, Dundee, DD1 4QB

Booking: Normal admission prices apply, non-bookable

Details: Join us for a fun and hands-on introduction to proteins with Dr Sonia Moniz from The University of Dundee.

All living organisms are made of cells and proteins do the most important jobs in a cell’s life. For example, they provide structure, transport nutrients into cells and toxic products out of them, carry messages and help cells divide and grow.

Make your own protein model in our crafty activity and join in with our games as you learn from interactive demonstrations and discussions with a real scientist.

What Has Science Done For Me? 

Date: Monday 9th March 2015, 3:00pm-4:00pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, DD1 5EN

Booking: Free, non-bookable



Details:
 It is of great concern that the majority of women with qualifications in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects do not work in STEM areas in Scotland. This is in contrast to men. The consequence is a serious loss to the economy and to the subject area. The ‘leaky pipeline’ as it has been christened has significant implications for skills shortages in STEM areas. This is not a problem unique to Scotland but what can be done to fix the leak?

Professor Lesley Yellowlees was the first female president of the Royal Society of Chemistry in its 171 year history and is passionate about inspiring and increasing the numbers of women studying and working in the sciences. In this afternoon talk, she will give an insight into her own career path, the support she received and how she is now giving back to make Science a positive experience for other women.

Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Dundee Skeptics in the Pub: Will Robots Take Over the World?

Date: Monday 9th March 2015, Doors open 7:00pm, Starts at 7:30pm

Venue: Braes basement bar, Perth Road, Dundee, DD1 4LN

Booking: Free, non-bookable


Details: 
In the 1999 film The Matrix, one of the lead characters Morpheus tells us that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is “a singular consciousness that spawned an entire race of machines”. This has led to many people being terrified of the concept of AI. Are they correct to be afraid?

Dr Karen Petrie from the School of Computing at the University of Dundee, will lead us in this whistle stop tour of AI and robotics.

Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Please note that this venue does not have disabled access.

Nitrous Oxide in Soil –  The Contribution of this Greenhouse Gas to Climate Change

Date: Tuesday 10thMarch 2015, 11:00am-12:00pm

Venue: James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee, DD2 5DA

Booking: Free, non-bookable 




Details: 
Nitrous oxide is potent greenhouse gas that is produced biologically in soil. It is generated during several processes which may occur simultaneously but in different microsites of the same soil. There is often uncertainty associated with which process is contributing the most to emissions but it is important to resolve this for the development of appropriate strategies to manage the contributions of this gas to climate change.

Professor Liz Baggs (Head of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen) will give an overview of what we now know about how the contributions of biological and chemical processes to nitrous oxide emission have evolved over time. She will discuss the techniques that have been developed, and the recent advances and future directions that promise to take our understanding forward.

Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Bright Club Dundee #21: Women in Science Special

Date: Tuesday 10th March 2015, Doors open 7.30pm Start 8.30pm

Venue: Braes Basement Bar, 14-18 Perth Rd, DD1 4LN

Booking: £5, booking essential
Book online, call 01382 386660 or 
E-mail BrightClubDundee@gmail.com 

Details: A fun night of stand-up comedy with researchers from Scotland's leading Universities. Come along to Braes for two hours of laughs and jokes with Deborah Peel, Kelly Kanayama, Hannah Sonnenberg and many more who will be sharing the funny side of their research, all compered by the hilarious Susan Morrison. 


Please note that this venue does not have disabled access.

Café Science Extra: Good Vibrations? – Engineering Safer and Quieter Railways & Roads with Dr Xueyu Geng

Date: Wednesday 11th March 2015, 6:00pm-7:00pm

Venue: Dundee Science Centre, Greenmarket, Dundee, DD1 4QB

Booking: Free, non-bookable

Details: High-speed rails have become one of the most advanced and fast developing branches of transportation. Especially with the recent investment from UK government. However, with the increasing of the train speed, the intensity of railway generated vibrations and noise become higher, which not only present major environmental problems, also potentially increase the maintenance costs for the rail-tracks in a long term.


This Café Science talk will explore some of the options for efficient and economical ground improvement techniques which could mean that the ground vibrations, and associated uneven settlement, caused by the high-speed trains can be reduced significantly.

Come along and hear about some of the less well known impacts of high speed rail and how one female engineer is working to address these problems.

Dundee University Archives: Stories of Local Women

Date: Thursday 12th March 2015, 1.45pm-3:00pm

Venue: Tower Building, Dundee University, DD1 4HN

Booking: Free, booking essential
To book your free place, contact Caroline Bairner on 01382 438676

Details: Take part in a rare opportunity to see behind the scenes of the Archives and to view some of the wealth of documents about local women. Find out the stories of Margaret Fairlie, the first female professor in Scotland, of the women who investigated the poverty and health of Dundee’s citizens, of female students and women workers, and of Mary Ann Baxter who founded the original University College in 1881, insisting it promoted ‘the education of both sexes’.

Holding collections of the University and its predecessors, the textile industry, hospitals and asylums, family photos and letters, the University Archive Services offers unique insights into the lives of women.

Film Screening: Europa Report, rated 12

Date: Thursday 12th March 2015, 6:00pm 

Venue: Hannah Maclure Centre, Abertay University, Top Floor, Abertay Student Centre, 1 - 3 Bell Street, Dundee, DD1 1HP

Booking: Free, booking essential
Call 01382 308324 or Email hmc@abertay.ac.uk

Details: When unmanned probes suggest that a hidden ocean and single-celled life exists on one of Jupiter's moons, six astronauts embark on an ill-fated exploratory mission. Europa Report documents this interstellar mission to Jupiter, accompanied with an introductory talk given by Dr Karen Meyer, a Lecturer in Applied Mathematics at Abertay University who researches in the numerical simulations of the sun’s magnetic field. 

Symbiosis - art exhibition

Date: Opening night Friday 13th March, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday 14th - Tuesday 17th March, 10am - 6pm

Venue: Tin Roof Collective, 38-40 Bellfield Street, Dundee, DD1 5JD

Booking: Free, non-bookable

Details: Symbiosis is a unique exploration of the fusion of science and art. This exhibition includes works inspired by the lives of historical women in science, collaborations with current scientists and the issues surrounding being a Woman in Science.‚Äč


Everyone is welcome to join us for our opening night on Friday 13th March or pop in over the following four days. The artworks were created through a student-led project that brings early-career artists and scientists together. Wine reception and refreshments available on the open night. Please note that this venue does not have disabled access.

Meet the Expert at Dundee Science Centre

Date: Saturday 14th March 2015, 10:00am-5:00pm

Venue: Dundee Science Centre, Greenmarket, Dundee, DD1 4QB

Booking: Normal admission prices applies


Details: 
Come along to drop-in sessions throughout Dundee Science Centre to meet a range of inspiring women involved in science at local universities. Explore Dundee Science Centre’s hand-on exhibition and take the opportunity to chat to our various visiting experts.

Baby Sensory - Mother's Day Family event for under 1s

Date: Sunday 15th March 2015, 10.00am-11.00am

Venue: Showcase the Street, Units 6 & 7 Manhattan Works, Dundonald Street, Dundee, DD3 7PY

Booking: THERE ARE NO MORE TICKETS LEFT. To be on our reserved list, please call us on 01382 386660 or email s.wasim@dundee.ac.uk

Details: Baby Sensory introduces you and your baby to a world of rich and varied sensory experiences in a creative and enjoyable environment to encourage learning and development. Claire Puzey will provide lots of sensory activities which you can enjoy with your baby. These shared moments with baby are precious to you both and will give you a wealth of ideas to try at home.

Limited spaces so booking is essential. 

Can’t-Dance-Cameron - Mother's Day Family event for 3-8 year olds

Date: Sunday 15th March 2015, 10.00am-11.00am

Venue: Marryat Hall, City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BB

Booking: Free, Booking essential
Book online

Details: Cameron is a Capercaillie, a type of rare Scottish bird famous for its dancing. However, Cameron can’t dance and when he wiggles everyone giggles! Join scientist and author Emily Dodd for a journey through the forest with Can’t-Dance-Cameron and Hazel Nut the red squirrel. Discover more about the animals that live in the Cairngorms, kick a few football pine cones and learn some funky dance moves along the way.

A book signing follows this event.

Booking is encouraged, otherwise please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Love You to the Moon and Back - Mother's Day Family event for over 7s

Date: Sunday 15th March 2015, 10.00am-11.00am

Venue: Marryat Hall, City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BB

Booking: Free, Booking essential
Book online



Details: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... BLAST OFF! Join scientist and author Emily Dodd for a Mother’s Day family science show and workshop. Predict, experiment and discover the science behind forces as we launch rockets up into the air. Make your own straw rocket and aim for the moon in our rockets competition.

Booking is encouraged, otherwise please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Jewellery Workshop: Make a Mother’s Day Ring for over 10s

Date: Sunday 15th March 2015, 11.00am-1.00pm and 2:00pm-4:00pm

Venue: Dundee Science Centre, Greenmarket, Dundee, DD1 4QB

Booking: £7.25 per adult, £5.25 for Senior Citizens, Students and Children. Booking essential.                                                           To book, call 01382 228800

Details: 
Come along and learn how jewellery is made using techniques such as soldering metal, creating textures and polishing to create your very own finished silver and brass ring to take home. Local jeweller and University of Dundee graduate, Scarlett Erskine will take you through the basic skills required in a step by step workshop suitable for beginners where you can ask any questions you may have in a relaxed atmosphere. You will also have an opportunity to explore Dundee Science Centre’s exhibition. 

Limited spaces so booking is essential. Price includes entry into the Science Centre. 

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

Facing Up To Beauty – Is It Really Skin Deep?

Date: Monday 16th March 2015, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Venue: Avery & Co, 34 South Tay Street, Dundee, DD1 1PD

Booking: Free, non-bookable


Details: 
Standards of beauty vary over time, across cultures and between individuals. The “ideal” female body shape, for example, has changed considerably over the last 50 years. Despite this, we appear to agree that certain dimensions of facial appearance are attractive. Biologists and psychologists have presented convincing evidence that these facial characteristics are those that tell us something about the potential of opposite sex partners. Set against a backdrop of cultural and historical forces, are our standards of beauty driven by cues to health and fertility?

Everyone is welcome to this free talk by Dr Fhionna Moore from the University of Dundee, where she will discuss evidence that human facial characteristics signal hormonal status, health and personality and explore variation in our perceptions of “beauty”. Hosted at the lovely Avery & Co. who will take orders for hot food until 6:15pm.

Non-bookable. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. 

Women Making A Difference

Date: Tuesday 17th March 2015, 7.15pm - 9:00pm

Venue: Invercarse Hotel, 371 Perth Road, Dundee, DD2 1PG

Booking: Free, non-bookable

Details: Three women who are making a difference to the lives of women speak about their experiences. 

A Nursing sister in the Trauma Unit in Ninewells talks about training nurses in Malawi. Sue Hope, who works for the Ann Gloag Foundation, will speak about the problems faced by women in Sierra Leone: Post fistula, a condition brought about by pregnancy in young girls, FGM and poor maternal care. There will also be a speaker from TARA, the Glasgow-based support service for the victims of Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery.

Come along and hear the women of today who are following in the footsteps of Mary Brooksbank and Mary Slessor, education, enabling and empowering women for a better future.

Stop Brushing Your Teeth - Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas

Date: Tuesday 17th March 2015, Doors open 7:00pm Start 7.30pm Finish 8:30pm

Venue: Braes Basement Bar, 14-18 Perth Rd, Dundee, DD1 4LN

Booking: £5, booking essential
Book online, call 01382 386660                                                                                        Email revealingresearch@dundee.ac.uk

Details: There’s a wealth of advice out there about how to live healthy lives. One common phrase ‘”An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.” sounds quite sensible in promoting healthy living, doesn’t it? But what does that actual mean and what does the research show? A quick internet search suggests that eating an apple a day will:

  • Keep the doctor away if you’re a woman, over 50
  • Not keep the doctor away
  • Damage your teeth and send you running to the dentist

So we’re surrounded by a lot of contradictory and confusing information. Some of it is based purely on hearsay and in the case of oral care (including tooth brushing) promoted by commercial companies wishing to increase sales of their product. Join Prof Jan Clarkson, one of the World’s-leading experts on oral health, as she discusses what we actually know about looking after your teeth and what’s nothing more than pseudoscience waffle.

Please note that this venue does not have disabled access.

Mary Lily Walker’s World – From The Top of the Tower

Date: Wednesday 18th March 2015, 10:00am - 11:00am

Venue: Top of the Tower Café, Tower Building, University of Dundee, DD1 4HN

Booking: Free, Booking Essential
Call 0845 075 3694                                                                                                              Email Karen@suzannezeedyk.com

Details: Mary Lily Walker was for a long time one of Dundee’s forgotten heroines. But no longer! Since the publication of her biography in 2013, the story of her determined efforts to change the lives of women and children in Victorian Dundee has spread. Come and hear her story while you look down on the streets she walked. Researcher Pete Kinnear will guide you through her world, looking down from the expansive windows of the Cafe. 


You can even help yourself to a bacon roll and cuppa, in between questions! Event is free but places limited and booking is essential. 

Michelin Factory Tour, Suitable for over 14s. Girls and women only.

Date: Wednesday 18th March 2015, 1.30pm-3.30pm

Venue: Michelin Tyre Plc,Baldovie Road, Dundee, DD4 8UQ

Booking: Free, Booking Essential
Email dawn.duncan@uk.michelin.com

Details: Here is your chance to see around a fantastic manufacturing site. Take a tour of our Factory and understand the complex scientific and manufacturing process. Then enjoy some refreshments and the chance to talk to some of our female employees.


The tour will take approximately 2 hours. Personal Protective Equipment will be supplied and all visitors to site must adhere to the strict health and safety rules.

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

The Computer Scientist and the Cleaner with Prof Ian Gent

Date: Wednesday 18th March 2015, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Venue: Wolfson lecture theatre of the Queen Mother Building, University of Dundee, DD1 4HB

Booking: Free, non-bookable

Details: If I tell you a story about a heterosexual couple who are a computer scientist and a cleaner, would you have any preconceptions as to which was the man and which was the woman? You might not, but Google image searches show that the internet does. Prof Ian Gent will use this as a parable about the vital problem of gender imbalance and stereotyping in Computer Science, perhaps the most important problem for the field. Ian will also discuss the Petrie Multiplier, a graphic illustration of how gender imbalance can dramatically affect the minority, even when the majority doesn't behave any worse. 


Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. 

Can We Train the Brain? With Prof Vera Kempe

Date: Wednesday 18th March 2015, 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Venue: Avery & Co, 34 South Tay Street, Dundee, DD1 1PD

Booking: Free, non-bookable

Details: There have been numerous claims in the press that learning a language or a musical instrument makes kids smarter. Prof Vera Kempe from Abertay University will examine the evidence behind these claims and explain that there are no easy answers when it comes to understanding the causal relationship between aptitude, learning and success. So should we invest in language and music lessons for kids? Absolutely, but not because they may gain a few IQ points.

Hosted at Avery & co, who will take orders for hot food until 6:15pm.

Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. 

Film Screening: Transcendence, rated 12A

Date: Thursday 19th March 2015, 6:00pm 

Venue: Hannah Maclure Centre, Abertay University, Top Floor, Abertay Student Centre, 1 - 3 Bell Street, Dundee, DD1 1HP

Booking: Free, booking essential
Call 01382 308324 or Email hmc@abertay.ac.uk

Details: A scientist's drive for artificial intelligence takes on dangerous implications when his consciousness is uploaded into one such program. Transcendence treats different aspects of artificial intelligence linked with technological utopianism. Dr Naghmeh Moradpoor is a lecturer in Computing at Abertay University and will give an introduction into the film.

This film is rated 12A, and any children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Who Do You Think You Are? The 500-Million-Years Ago Edition with Professor Carol MacKintosh

Date: Thursday 19 March 2015, 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Venue: D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tower Building, University of Dundee, DD1 4HN

Booking: Free, non-bookable

Details: 
Discover how an evolutionary leap in our ancient ancestry boosted communication systems, so that the cells in our bodies are better at sorting multiple messages than even the smartest of smartphones. Genetic mutations in cancers cause information flow through these communication networks to be misdirected, suggesting new anti-cancer strategies.

Organised by Tayside and Fife branch of the British Science Association.

Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Artwork by Ionatan Waisguss http://about.me/ionatan

Dundee Women's Trail

Date: Friday 20th March 2015, 1.00pm – 2.15pm

Venue: Meet at The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum, Albert Square, Dundee, DD1 1DA

Booking: Free, Booking Essential
Call 01382 221545

Details: A walk around the city centre remembering notable local women of the past. Those joining us must be able to participate in a one and a half hour walk.

Science of Cocktails

Date: Friday 20th March 2015, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Venue: Boudoir Bar, 1 Temple Lane, Dundee, DD1 4HA

Booking: £20 including 4 cocktails
Booking Essential

To book your place, visit Boudoir Bar, 1 Temple Lane, Dundee DD1 4HA or phone the team at Boudoir on 01382 225968, between 11:00am-7:00pm (Monday - Saturday).

Details: Have you ever wondered why drinks should be shaken and not stirred? How can we extract DNA from a strawberry? Why do aged whiskies taste better? The answers to these and many other questions can be enjoyed with a drink and this fantastic interactive workshop led by two of Scotland’s finest science communicators and a professional mixologist.

Booking in advance is essential. 

Forensic Science Celebration Days

Date: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd March 2015, 10:00-2:00pm and 2:00-5.30pm 

Venue: Dundee Science Centre, Greenmarket, Dundee, DD1 4QB 

Booking: Free, Booking essential
Call 01382 228800

Details: Do you have an interest in Forensic Science? Have you always wondered about what really happens in forensic labs? Then now is your chance to ask the questions you have always wanted answered. Come along to the drop-in sessions and meet some fascinating experts of human identification and anatomy from the University of Dundee. Find out about cutting edge research taking place in Dundee right now. 

Sparking Ideas from Science

Date: Sunday 22nd March 2015, 11:00am-1:00pm

Venue: D’Arcy Thompson Museum, Carnelley Building, University of Dundee, DD1 4HN

Booking: Free, booking essential
Email RevealingResearch@dundee.ac.uk or call 01382 386660

Details: Come and explore creative ways of expressing the science of everyday life through poetry, discovering facts, books and authors that will spark your imagination. Explore the D’Arcy Thompson Museum’s science collections in this writing workshop with author, screenwriter and science communicator Emily Dodd. No science or poetry writing background required.

Refreshments will be provided at this session. 

Williamina Fleming – Dundee’s Discoverer of Stars 

Date: Monday 23rd March 2015, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Venue: D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tower Building, University of Dundee, DD1 4HN

Booking: Free, non-bookable

Details: Williamina Fleming is one of Dundee’s unsung heroes, who revolutionised the way astronomers discovered stars and galaxies. Born in Dundee, she left for Boston in 1878 to start a new life. At only 23 years old and a single mother, Fleming found employment as the housekeeper for Edward Pickering, a professor of astronomy at Harvard and the director of the Harvard College Observatory.


Three years later Pickering hired Fleming to do some clerical work and mathematical calculations at the Observatory. She quickly developed a new system to classify stars according to the light they generate. Thanks to her new classification system, which became known as the "Pickering-Fleming System," Fleming catalogued over 10,000 stars within the next nine years.

Join local astronomer Brian Kelly for a talk that celebrates Williamina’s life and scientific achievements. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

A drinks reception follows this event. 

Women in Science Festival aims to:

  • Celebrate the exceptional women contributing to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
  • Showcase cutting-edge research by ground breaking scientists in an accessible way to diverse audiences across the Tayside region.
  • Offer support to women within science careers.
  • Encourage girls and women to further study and consider a career in science.
  • Challenge media bias and perceptions of women in science.

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

 

Supporting Women in Science at the University of Dundee

The University of Dundee and its College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing have both 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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Computers are only for Geeks - Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas

Date: Tuesday 24th March 2015, Doors open 7:00pm Start 7.30pm Finish 8:30pm

Venue: Braes Basement Bar, 14-18 Perth Rd, Dundee, DD1 4LN

Booking: £5, booking essential
Book online, call 01382 386660                                                                                        Email revealingresearch@dundee.ac.uk

Details: What do you imagine when someone mentions they work with computers or in I.T? Do you immediately think of a slightly nerdy man hunched over a keyboard in a darkened basement room, impervious to the rest of the world? He’s a loner and that’s fine by him.

Many people would think this. However, computer scientists and IT workers are starting to diversify and many are attempting to throw off their predominantly male, geeky, introverted image. However, these attempts are being hampered as over 85% of undergraduates studying computing in the UK are male.

Does this negative stereotype affect who chooses, works and studies computers, coding and technology? Would IT achieve greater things if the researchers were from more diverse backgrounds?

In this show, Dr Karen Petrie (University of Dundee) wants to know what turned you on or off computers, and how there are major consequences for an outdated view of computer science.

Please note that this venue does not have disabled access.

Thinking Outside the Cube – Surpassing Expectations by Disrupting the Status Quo

Date: Tuesday 24th March 2015, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Venue: Mal Suite, Malmaison, 44 Whitehall Crescent, Dundee DD1 4AY

Booking: Free, Booking essential
Email karmstrong@brightsolid.com

Details: Join brightsolid and our colleagues from WE ARE AD and DC Thomson for a forward thinking, interactive discussion that will explore:

  • Self-perception and the imaginary glass ceiling?
  • Developing (and trying to keep) talent in Scotland
  • How a colour injection can transform corporate values and culture to support personal and collective growth
  • Contemporary behavioural approaches used in leadership development: a brightsolid success story
  • A women’s world? Simon’s experience of a female dominated industry

Panellists:

Karrie Fyffe, Head of Delivery, brightsolid
Cat Leaver, Head of Strategy, WE ARE AD
Cami Moorjani, Learning and Development Coach, brightsolid
Simon Smith, Partner of Development and HR, DC Thomson 

Williamina Fleming – Dundee’s Discoverer of Stars 

Date: Wednesday 25th March 2015, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Venue: Menzieshill Community Centre, Orleans Place, Dundee, DD2 4BH

Booking: Free, non-bookable

Details: Williamina Fleming is one of Dundee’s unsung heroes, who revolutionised the way astronomers discovered stars and galaxies. Born in Dundee, she left for Boston in 1878 to start a new life. At only 23 years old and a single mother, Fleming found employment as the housekeeper for Edward Pickering, a professor of astronomy at Harvard and the director of the Harvard College Observatory.


Three years later Pickering hired Fleming to do some clerical work and mathematical calculations at the Observatory. She quickly developed a new system to classify stars according to the light they generate. Thanks to her new classification system, which became known as the "Pickering-Fleming System," Fleming catalogued over 10,000 stars within the next nine years.

Join local astronomer Brian Kelly for a talk that celebrates Williamina’s life and scientific achievements. 

Refreshments will be available from 6pm. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

 Film Screening: Proof, rated 12

Date: Thursday 26th March 2015, 6:00pm

Venue: Hannah Maclure Centre, Abertay University, Top Floor, Abertay Student Centre, 1 - 3 Bell Street, Dundee, DD1 1HP

Booking: Free, booking essential
Call 01382 308324 or Email hmc@abertay.ac.uk

Details: The daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician, recently deceased, tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father's ex-students who wants to search through his papers and her estranged sister who shows up to help settle his affairs.


The drama scrutinizes the relationship between father and daughter, both mathematicians and illustrates the world of mathematicians. This film follows a talk by Ruth Falconer, Applied Physicist, Senior Lecturer & researcher in environmental science from Abertay University.

This film is rated 12A, and any children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Science at Fluph’s Knit Night

Date: Thursday 26th March 2015, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Venue: Fluph, 164 Blackness Road, Dundee, DD1 5PQ

Booking: Free, Booking essential
Email fluphshop@gmail.com
visit the Facebook page or call 01382 690190

Details: There will be a distinctly science flavour to this free drop-in knitting session. Science patterns will be available and knitting scientists will be on hand for a chat. Would you like to learn how to knit or are you an experienced knitter? If the answer is yes, come along and join us for a knit-in.  

Have Nurses Lost Their Sense of Compassion?

Date: Friday 27th March 2015, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, DD1 5EN

Booking: Free, non-bookable


Details: 
The Rebecca Strong Lecture delivered by Prof Anne Marie Lafferty.

The main focus of this lecture will be the question of whether nurses have lost their sense of compassion today, prefaced by the words and wisdom of the remarkable nurse, Rebecca Strong.

Professor Anne Marie Rafferty CBE, FRCN is a distinguished nurse, academic and researcher.  She is Professor of Nursing Policy at King's College London where she was Dean of Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery for many years.  Her research has focussed on workforce research and policy, quality of work environment, nurse and patient outcomes, nursing history, international and colonial nursing, and research and health policy. She is ideally qualified to present the first annual Rebecca Strong lecture.

In the late 19th century, Rebecca Strong, put in to action the ideas of Florence Nightingale and developed her own practices to completely transform nursing. Working as Matron at both Dundee Royal Infirmary and Glasgow Royal Infirmary, she devoted her energies to transforming nurse education, training and working conditions.

The Lady Scientist Stitch and Bitch

Date: Friday 27th March 2015,
Doors open 6.30pm Start 7:00pm Finish 9:00pm
(Interval at 7:50pm-8:10pm)

Venue: D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tower Building, University of Dundee, DD1 4HN

Booking: Free, Booking encouraged Book online

Details: Lady Scientists from across ages hop into a time machine and unite to share funny, heart-breaking and illuminating stories about what it means to be a woman scientist at a certain time in history. Oh, and they also come together to knit. But this is no gentle sewing circle – this one shares hilarious, horrible and human stories. As Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, who discovered that stars are mainly composed of hydrogen, so pithily puts it: ‘It’s hard out there for an astronomer and astrophysicist whose achievements were overlooked, then stolen by male colleagues Ass-hats.’

 Saturday Science LIVE at the Wellgate


Date: Saturday 28th March 2015, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Venue: Level 2, Near BHS, Wellgate Shopping Centre, Dundee, DD1 2DB

Booking: Free, non-bookable


Details: 
Come along to the Wellgate Shopping Centre and experience shopping with a difference whilst taking part this this month’s free Saturday Science LIVE event.  The Wellgate will come to life with bespoke and exciting family-friendly activities promoting ‘Women in Science’.  Dundee Science Centre’s Science Learning Team will be joined by the Division of Mathematics from the University of Dundee, delivering activities suitable for all audiences.

 The Risks to Society of Unrestricted Antibiotic Use

An image promoting the Dame Sally Davies lecture at the University of DundeeDate: Saturday 28th March 2015. 6:00pm-7:00pm.

Venue: Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, DD1 5EN

Booking: Free tickets. Booking essential.
Book online, call 01382 385108 or
E-mail events@dundee.ac.uk

Details: 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. 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.

 

The 2015 Women in Science Festival is brought to you by the University of Dundee; our major sponsors, The Wellcome Trust and brightsolid; and our partners the Biochemical Society, Abertay University, the James Hutton Institute, Dundee Science Centre, Hannah Maclure Centre and Dundee Women's Festival. 

 

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.

 

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