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Ada Lovelace Day 2015 – “Are Women in Britain Frightened of Maths?”


Public, Staff, Students, Alumni, Prospective Postgraduates, Prospective Undergraduates, Academics

Speakers: Shirley Conran, Dr Olalla Castro Alvaredo, Prof Lis Howell

During City University London’s celebration of Ada Lovelace Day on Wednesday 14th October, Shirley Conran, novelist, journalist and creator of the recent e-book “Money Stuff”, and City academic and maths advocate, Dr Olalla Castro Alvaredo, will explore this and other related questions.

Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), a revolutionary woman in her time, was a brilliant mathematician who helped design the world’s first computer. In spite of the prevailing view in her day that mathematics was an inappropriate field of study for women. Ada Lovelace Day has now become an international celebration of women in the closely interlocking areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

In 2015, the engagement of women in maths, from confidence in everyday money management to involvement in maths-based study choices and careers, is still not on par with that of their male counterparts.

A recent study carried out by Creative Skillset demonstrated that only 29 percent of the interactive media industry in the UK is female. The majority hold positions in art, design and communications rather than engineering or computer science.

In 2012, the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) reported that males outstripped females in attaining undergraduate degrees in Engineering and Technology (85 percent) and Computer Science (82 percent).

Prof Lis Howell, City’s Director of Broadcasting and an advocate for the positive representation of women in media, will facilitate the discussion during this stimulating event which will be followed by a light drinks reception.

All are welcome to attend; pre-registrations are now closed but guests are welcome to register at the door.

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When & where

7.30pm - 9.00pmWednesday 14th October 2015

C309 Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom