Informatics' Equality and Diversity Blog

May 10, 2017

London Hopper colloquium and spotlight competition

Filed under: Events,Women in STEM — hwalker2 @ 1:08 pm

The London Hopper research colloquium takes place 10am-4pm Thursday 25 May 2017 at BCS London Office.

London Hopper is an annual 1-day event for researchers across the UK who are building a career in computing. Women speakers will talk about their research in cyber security, building rehabilitation technologies, simulations of the human heart, and devices for the hearing impaired.

The event will also feature  a spotlight competition with cash prizes open to research Masters and PhD students, and lots of opportunities to meet and network with other early career researchers in computing.

Entries for the Spotlight competition for  students close 15 May.

Register at: http://academy.bcs.org/content/london-hopper-colloquium-2017

The full programme can be found on the UCL web site: http://www.cs.ucl.ac.uk/events_pages/london_hopper_2017/

April 24, 2017

Karen Spärck Jones lecture, 25 May

Filed under: Events,Women in STEM — hwalker2 @ 2:45 pm

We are delighted to invite you to our livecast of this year’s Karen Spärck Jones lecture, 5.30 for 5.50pm Thursday 25 May 2017, Room G.07, Informatics Forum.

The lecture, Creating Robots that Care, will be delivered by Dr Maja Matarić, Professor and Chan Soon-Shiong Chair of Computer Science, Neuroscience & Pediatrics, University of Southern California; Founding Director at the USC’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center and Director of the USC’s Robotics Research Lab.

5.30pm – Networking drinks
5.50pm – Welcome
6.00pm – Creating Robots that Care Lecture by livecast link from London
7.30pm – Networking drinks
8.00pm – Close

The livecast is organised by Informatics Equality & Diversity Committee in association of BCSWomen.

All welcome. Book your place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/karen-sparck-jones-lecture-2017-creating-robots-that-care-edinburgh-screening-tickets-33956945137

 

To find out more about what BCSWomen is doing in Scotland please join the LinkedIn group, https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4528725, or follow them on Twitter @bcswomen.

April 5, 2017

Advice for EEA and Swiss staff

Filed under: Events,Race (protected characteristic) — hwalker2 @ 4:02 pm
EU flag

EU flag

Twelve one-hour, group advice sessions are being organised around the University for staff who are nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Led by external lawyers, the sessions will take place 24-28 April 2017 and cover:

–   How to apply for a UK residence certificate and permanent residence card

–   How to apply for British citizenship

–   Information for any member of staff with an EEA partner/dependants

They form part of a package of additional advice and support for staff over the coming months which includes: Individual consultation meetings with an external immigration adviser; Reduced costs for staff who may need additional legal advice; Financial support to help spread the cost of residency fees and legal advice; Practical help to obtain evidence of employment and earnings to support applications.

Book through MyEd before Friday 14 April: http://edin.ac/2ns3sq4 (EASE login required)

April 4, 2017

World Health Day focus on depression

Filed under: Disability (protected characteristic) and health,Events — hwalker2 @ 12:17 pm

The World Health Organisation says: “While the link between suicide and mental disorders (in particular, depression and alcohol use disorders) is well established in high-income countries, many suicides happen impulsively in moments of crisis with a breakdown in the ability to deal with life stresses, such as financial problems, relationship break-up or chronic pain and illness.

“In addition, experiencing conflict, disaster, violence, abuse, or loss and a sense of isolation are strongly associated with suicidal behaviour. Suicide rates are also high amongst vulnerable groups who experience discrimination, such as refugees and migrants; indigenous peoples; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) persons; and prisoners. By far the strongest risk factor for suicide is a previous suicide attempt.”

This World Health Day, Friday 7 April, Edinburgh Neuroscience, the Global Health Academy, and Centre for Cognitive Ageing & Cognitive Epidemiology, are asking: What factors make some people more resilient to depression than others?

Join speakers for a thought-provoking evening to untangle the complex concept of resilience at: Untangling Resilience to Depression, 5.30-7pm, Friday 7 April, Lecture Theatre G03, 50 George Square.

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/untangling-resilience-to-depression-tickets-32593442865

March 30, 2017

Event for students with Autism or Asperger’s

Filed under: Disability (protected characteristic) and health,Events — hwalker2 @ 1:53 pm

The Student Disability Service will run a three day event for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or Asperger’s Syndrome, 26-28 July 2017 introduce students to university life and give them a chance to make friends.

Find out more at: http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-disability-service/new-students/transition-event-for-students-with-asd

March 29, 2017

31 March: International Transgender Day of Visibility

The International Transgender Day of Visibility celebrates transgender people and raises awareness of the discrimination they face across the world. The Scottish Trans Alliance says the day “aims to increase trans equality and empower trans people to live their lives freely and confidently.”

See the Alliance’s website for easy ways to take part in the day: http://www.scottishtrans.org/our-work/expression/transgender-day-of-visibility/

A number of links for trans staff and students, and the people who support them, can be found in the Equality and Diversity section of the School’s website, under Resources: http://www.ed.ac.uk/informatics/about/work-with-us/equality-diversity/resources

March 23, 2017

Women in Computing event, 6pm 3 April

Edinburgh Uni pic of two young women using computers, by Robert Brady

Image: Robert Brady

Students interested in a career in software engineering can hear from Informatics graduates working locally in industry, 6-7pm Monday 3 April 2017. The panel question and answer session is the latest in the School’s series of Women in Computing events organised by the Equality and Diversity Committee in association with Edinburgh Hoppers. This event is also supported by the University of Edinburgh Careers Service and the Development and Alumni Office. The panel will include:
• Agnieszka Bomersbach, BSc then MSc 2014, now Senior Software Engineer at Skyscanner
• Alice Elder, BSc 2011 now Software developer/development team leader, Clyde & Co
• Ljiljana Spadavecchia, PhD 2005, now Senior Software Engineer at GE
• Maria Rovatsou, MSc 2010, now a Software Engineer at Amazon.com
• Verena Beckham, MSc 2005, now Senior Principal Software Engineer, Compilers, Codeplay Software Ltd

 

The event is free but the audience is asked, please, to register in advance at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/women-in-computing-alumni-software-engineers-tickets-32924936371

March 16, 2017

Transgender Visibility Day, 31 March 2017

Between 6-9pm on Friday 31 March 2017, in commemoration of Transgender Visibility Day, University of Edinburgh’s Staff Pride Network is hosting an event to look at cultural representations of transgender identity, with a focus on male transsexuality, as well as general issues affecting trans and non-binary identities.

The event will include a screening of 2011’s Tomboy, as well as a panel discussion afterwards.

Venue: Screening Room (G.04), 50 George Square.

Tickets via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tomboy-film-screening-and-panel-discussion-tickets-32891070076

March 7, 2017

Today! Women Who Code Edinburgh

Filed under: Events,Women in STEM — hwalker2 @ 10:54 am

The first meet-up for Women Who Code Edinburgh will take place this evening at FreeAgent, Edinburgh Quay, Fountainbridge, 6:30 -8:30pm.

For more details and to sign up see https://www.meetup.com/Women-Who-Code-Edinburgh/events/237340216/

March 6, 2017

London Hopper & Karen Spärck Jones Lecture 2017

Filed under: Events,Women in STEM — hwalker2 @ 10:38 am

The 13th London Hopper Colloquium and 7th Karen Spärck Jones Lecture will take place Thurs 25 May 2017 at BCS headquarters in London. This 1-day event will include a spotlight competition open to postgraduate students.

Hopper speakers :

• Dr Lynne Baillie, Heriot-Watt University – Building User Centered Rehabilitation Technologies

• Juliet Grout, IBM – Cybersecurity the billion pound problem

• Dr Anna Muszkiewicz, University of Oxford – Simulations of the human heart shed light on mechanisms underpinning atrial fibrillation

• Dr Larissa Romualdo-Suzuki, Greater London Authority – Data as Infrastructure for Smart Cities

Karen Spärck Jones Lecture

Professor Maja Mataric’, Chan Soon-Shiong Chair of Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Pediatrics at the University of Southern California (USC) will present the 7th Karen Spärck Jones Lecture in the evening. Professor Mataric’ is also the Founding Director of the USC Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center, and a director of the USC Robotics Research Lab.

Both events are free. See http://academy.bcs.org/content/london-hopper-colloquium-2017

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