Informatics' Equality and Diversity Blog

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 13, 2017

Leadership training for women

AMENDED POST

The following training opportunity is aimed at women up to senior lecturer level or professional services equivalent, who are interested in exploring leadership and management as an option for progression.

The School is willing to fund a place for a suitable candidate.

LFHE’s Leadership Matters 6

Module 1: Wednesday 14 – Thursday 15 June 2017 (non-residential)
Action Learning Set: Tuesday 27 June 2017
Module 2: Wednesday 5 – Thursday 6 July 2017 (residential)
Location: Edinburgh

<https://www.lfhe.ac.uk/en/programmes-events/index.cfm/leadership-matters-6>

If you are interested in attending, please email InfHR with a brief statement as to how you believe that you and the School/University will benefit from participation.

Please mark your email ‘Leadership training – June.’

You should have your line manager’s support for your participation.

March 7, 2017

Support Girls In Tech

Wednesday 8 March 2017 is International Women’s Day. Please help us to celebrate by sharing links to our new short film, Girls in Tech, published today, 7 March and our British and overseas students’ stories (in various languages) which will follow tomorrow, 8 March. See our School news story.

Watch out for our posts:

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

March 1, 2017

Athena SWAN Silver Award celebration

Some representatives of the Informatics E&D Committee at the School's Athena SWAN Silver Award celebration, 24 February 2017Representatives of the Equality and Diversity Committee (pictured), were joined by Stephanie Millar, Equality Challenge Unit, staff and students, Friday 24 February, to celebrate our Athena SWAN Silver Award.

See the related School news story.

Attendees also had the opportunity to preview our forthcoming video, Girls in Tech and the first of our student case study films, due to be launched on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017.

February 22, 2017

Opinion paper: Gender diversity leads to better science

Filed under: Research,Women in STEM — hwalker2 @ 5:08 pm

According to an opinion piece in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, data from a number of studies supports the argument that gender diversity enhances knowledge outcomes.

“Encouraging greater diversity is not only the right thing to do,” say the authors, “it allows scientific organisations to derive an ‘innovation dividend’ that leads to smarter, more creative teams, hence opening the door to new discoveries.”

Here’s the paper: http://www.pnas.org/content/114/8/1740.full

 

Thanks to Meriem El Karoui (Edinburgh, Biological Sciences) for circulating the link via College E&D Committee.

February 13, 2017

Get on your soapbox for science

Filed under: Encouraging STEM subjects,Events,Girls in STEM,Women in STEM — hwalker2 @ 11:48 am

Edinburgh will be hosting Soapbox Science again this year and the call for speakers is now open. Deadline for applications: Friday 24 February 2017.

If you are female, an academic scientist, researcher or PhD student and are keen to share your science with the people of Edinburgh, apply using the following link:

http://soapboxscience.org/

Soapbox Science will take place on the Mound precinct, Saturday 22 July 2017.

Soapbox Science has been running for 5 years in cities across the UK and has attracted media coverage including BBC, Guardian, Time Out, Times (Eureka), Nature, Science and New Scientist.

Informatics postgraduate Sorcha Gilroy took part last year.

Code First: Girls Northern Conference 2017

Are you female/non-binary, aged 18+ and interested in technology and entrepreneurship? Applications close this Wednesday 15 February for Code First: Girls Northern Conference 2017, to be held Friday 3 March 2017, 10am-5pm at the PwC Office, 144 Morrison Street, Edinburgh.

Aims of the event:

1) Inspire and empower young women /non-binary people to start a career in technology and entrepreneurship
2) Demystify the tech industry and provide an understanding of what it takes to succeed

Further details here: http://www.codefirstgirls.org.uk/cfg-northern-conference-2017.html

February 9, 2017

EPSRC survey of diversity and inclusion barriers in ICT research

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has commissioned Napier University to carry out a survey in the UK of staff and research postgraduates researching Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), to investigate barriers around diversity and inclusion.

The survey will be open until 28 February 2017.

Take part here: https://www.research.net/r/diversityICT

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