The Women in Science Festival takes place 4-10 March 2017. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter using the #WomenSciFest hashtag.

The Women in Science Festival is the World's only festival dedicated to 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.

This year, we are inviting you to discover the trailblazing women, past and present, who have made history with their pioneering work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.


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Wednesday, 11 January, 2017 to Saturday, 1 April, 2017, 
Monday to Friday by appointment only, Saturdays 11am - 5pm
LifeSpace, Science Art Research Gallery, University of Dundee. (The gallery is located at the side entrance to the School of Life Sciences at the very top of Old Hawkhill, University of Dundee, DD1 5EH)
Free, Monday to Friday by appointment only, Saturdays non-bookable

Signal/Noise : Imaging/Drawing is an exhibition of drawings and animations by Manchester-based artist and researcher Daksha Patel featuring recent work based on medical and scientific data, and imaging technologies. Her work is shown alongside artefacts and works of art selected by Daksha from the collections of the University of Dundee.

To make an appointment to visit the exhibition between Monday-Friday, please contact 

for more information on the exhibition, please visit 


Throughout March 2017. Accessible at all times
Outside the School of Life Sciences at the very top of Old Hawkhill, University of Dundee, DD1 5EH
Free, Non-bookable

As part of the celebration of the University's 50th anniversary and the Women in Science Festival, this display considers the early history of women's contributions to science from a local perspective. 10 women from across the scientific disciplines - medicine, astronomy, engineering, zoology, botany, chemistry, geology and physics - are featured with brief stories of their achievements. It took 59 years from the University's inception in 1881 to appoint the first women professor in Scotland; today the university has 46 female professors. "Pleasing progress, but more needed," might say the report card!

With the support of Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund, MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit, Athena SWAN at the School of Life Sciences, LifeSpace Science Art Research Gallery and the University of Dundee Archive Services.


Saturday 4 March 2017, 10am and 1pm
Meet across the road from Braes bar, 14-18 Perth Road, DD1 4LN
Free, Booking essential

Join writer and historian Eddie Small as he takes you on a tour through the University of Dundee campus. He will highlight the significant women, past and present, who have changed history with their pioneering work in science.

ADVISORY: The tour route is outdoors and takes place rain or shine. This tour is not suitable for people with mobility issues This tour will last approximately two hours.

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Saturday 4 March 2017, 6pm
Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill, DD1 5EN
Free, Booking essential

The Mighty Women of Science is a playful and enlightening all-ages book, which looks at some well known - and some not so well known - women who have and continue to change the world of science. From A for Astronaut (Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space) to Z for Zoologist (the award winning Biruté Gladikas), there’s something to pique everyone’s interest!

Come along and hear the Author, Clare Forrest, and illustrator, Fiona Gordon, discuss their journey in creating the book.

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Sunday 5 March 2017, 10am - 4pm
Charleston Community Centre, Craigowan road, DD2 4NL
Free, Non-bookable

Come and explore the curious world of science in our Family Fun Day, packed with exciting hands-on activities suitable for all. Find out how forensic science is used to help solve crimes, learn about sports science, discover weird and wonderful facts about plants, and plenty more! There will also be interactive storytelling sessions, face painting and science craft sessions to keep everyone engaged throughout the day.

No need to book, just come along with your family and friends and join in the fun!


Monday 6 March 2017, Doors 6:30pm, Start 7pm

Braes Basement Bar, Perth Road, DD1 4LN
Free, Non-bookable

It is hard to miss the increasing numbers of gluten-free foods on supermarket shelves. But what is gluten and who should avoid eating it and why? It is clear that for individuals with coeliac disease avoiding gluten is necessary for good health, but might gluten-free foods offer any advantages for others? Or is this yet another health food fad?

Jenny Woof, an immunologist and Professor of Biology in the School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, will explore what causes coeliac disease, discuss why avoiding gluten is essential for coeliac disease patients, and debate whether there might be any benefits for those who do not have coeliac disease.


Tuesday 7 March 2017, Doors 6pm Start 7pm

Dukes Corner, 13 Brown St, DD1 5EG
£6, Booking essential

An interactive and provocative comedy show, inspiring questions and debate about current research. Join us for this entertaining night of laughter and new ideas, with the hilariously funny compere Susan Morrison, on this very highly charged topic.

Physics vs Psychology: Which is the hard science?

The year is… not important; this is fiction. But Susan, the last secondary school student on Earth, is deciding what to study at University. Physicist Helen Cammack and psychologist Kate Cross, both from the University of St Andrews, are here to do battle for Susan’s soul. Should she pursue physics, the study of the universe? Or psychology, the science of the mind? What will her life be like if she chooses each way? Is there a hard option and an easy option? Susan needs you to come along, ask hard questions of our two scientists, and help her choose her path…

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Thursday 9 March 2017, 6pm - 8pm

Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill, DD1 5EN
Free, Booking essential

A unique opportunity to communicate, connect and collaborate with prominent women in science from across Scotland in an informal session.

Short talks from renowned women in science and technology including

  • Professor Sheila Rowan - Chief Scientific Advisor for Scotland,
  • Prof Dame Sue Black – University of Dundee,
  • Dr Rita Tojeiro – L’Oréal-UNESCO UK Women In Science Fellow, University of St. Andrews,
  • Linda Leuchars – CEO, Dundee Science Centre,
  • Katie Armstrong – Head of Marketing, brightsolid

Followed by a canapé and wine reception, offering professionals, early-career researchers and graduates the chance to build relationships.

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Friday 10 March 2017, 3:30pm
DCA, 152 Nethergate, DD1 4DY
Standard DCA admission costs apply. Booking recommended

A feel-good film if there ever was one, Hidden Figures is also a loving tribute to the group of African-American women who were integral to the early days of the space programme. Their gender and colour made it difficult for these smart and determined women to be taken seriously, and their success story is an inspiration.

Film running time: 2 hours 7mins.

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Friday 10 March 2017, 7pm
Hannah Maclure Centre, Abertay University Student Centre, 1 - 3 Bell Street, DD1 1HP

Free, Booking essential

Join us for a film screening of the blockbuster science fiction movie Interstellar, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine where a crew of astronauts travel through a wormhole in search of a new home for humanity.

The film screening will be accompanied by a talk from Dr Rebecca Wade, senior lecturer in the School of Science, Engineering & Technology at Abertay University. Rebecca will share her thoughts on the film’s science themes and open an informal discussion with the audience.

Film running time: 2 hours 49mins.

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This event is in partnership with Abertay University.


Friday 10 March 2017, 7pm - 9pm
Menzieshill Community Centre, Orleans Place, Dundee, DD2 4BH

Repeat of the much acclaimed play by Eddie Small – featuring the four iconic Marys of Dundee – Slessor, Brooksbank, Walker and Baxter. 

With Q & A session and refreshments after.

This event is also part of the Dundee Women’s Festival, taking place 5-12 March.


Cafe Science Dundee: Breastfeeding - What has that got to do with science?
Monday 13 March 2017, 7pm
Avery & Co, 34 South Tay Street, Dundee DD1 4PD
Free, Non-bookable

Babies have been breastfed since the dawn of the human race, but since the early 20th Century artificial substitutes have been manufactured and advertised as ‘just as good’. 

The introduction of these milk substitutes has led to a huge decline in breastfeeding rates worldwide, and heated debates about public health, nutrition, attachment, sexuality, choice, and women’s roles have resulted.  Does this matter?

Prof Mary Renfrew, from the University of Dundee, will draw on developments across the spectrum of scientific knowledge to examine this essential question.

Join us at Avery & Co. at 34 South Tay Street on Monday 13th March 2017, at 7pm. This is a free event and everyone is welcome. There is no need to book in advance but arrive early to avoid disappointment.


The Women in Science Festival is brought to you by the University of Dundee and is supported by Wellcome through Institutional Strategic Support Funding.




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