15th Oct 2013: Ada Lovelace Day Live

Ada Lovelace Day is an annual celebration of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine.

Inspired by Ada Lovelace, daughter of poet Lord Byron (and arguably the first computer programmer, born more than 100 years before the computer was invented) our regular live event is hosted this year by Imperial College London and features a stellar line up. With live demos, biomedical wonders, neuroscience, inspiration, laughter and song, Ada Lovelace Day Live is an event not to be missed!

Performers will include:

  • Fran Scott, a science communicator who designs demos for CBBC, live stage shows and the Science Museum
  • Prof Molly Stevens, a leading bioengineer from Imperial College London whose work includes growing human bones in the lab
  • Hazel Gibson, a geologist studying how geological processes affect our lives, and who is out to prove that women and geology is a combination that rocks!
  • Chi Onwurah, engineer, MP for Newcastle, and Shadow Cabinet Office Minister with responsibility for cybersecurity
  • Leila Johnston, a comedy writer, technologist, maker and broadcaster who encourages us to do things we’re not supposed to!
  • Prof Sophie Scott, a cognitive neuroscientist and standup scientist who studies laughter, from brain scanners to comedy clubs
  • Dr Bernadette Byrne, a molecular membrane biology researcher at Imperial College London, who is exploring the science of our own cells
  • Plus more names to be announced

The evening will be compèred by comedian and geek songstress Helen Arney, who has pledged to use her physics degree and ukulele only for good. After all, with great power comes great responsibility.

The evening starts at 6 pm with a reception, including cash bar and entertainment. The main performance begins at 7 pm and there will be an after-party from around 9:30 pm.

Try your hand at table-top experiments performed by Imperial’s very own science buskers during the reception and interval, or browse the books on sale. Also on display will be a series of photographic portraits from the
100 Women 100 Visions exhibit, celebrating women scientists and engineers from all academic levels at Imperial College London.

Tickets start at £5 for concessions, £15 for general entry, or just £10 if you use discount code “friendofALD”. More details available from http://ald13.eventbrite.co.uk/

This event is part of a network of events across the globe, from personal blog posts about women in STEM to Wikipedia edit-a-thons to Ada Lovelace-themed tea parties and conferences. For more about Ada Lovelace Day
go to http://findingada.com.