This year’s Ada Lovelace Day Live!, our annual ‘science cabaret’ in celebration of women in STEM, will be held at The IET on the evening of 11 October. Playing host to the UK’s most fabulous women in STEM, ALD Live is an entertaining evening of geekery, comedy and music suitable for everyone over the age of 12.
We have a fabulous line-up of speakers this year:
Yewande Akinola is a design engineer. Her engineering experience and responsibilities include the design of sustainable water supply systems and the engineering design coordination of large projects in the built environment. She has worked on projects in the UK, Africa, Middle East and East Asia. She has won several awards including the UK Young Woman Engineer of the year (Institute of Engineering and Technology 2012), UK 35 Under 35 (Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35 2013) and UK Outstanding Woman in STEM (PRECIOUS Award 2014.) Her professional specialties are water, design for manufacture and assembly project engineering and innovation management.
Dr Sheila Kanani
Dr Sheila Kanani is a planetary physicist, science presenter, secondary school physics teacher and space comedienne with a background in astrophysics and astronomy research from UK universities. She is currently the education, outreach and diversity officer for the Royal Astronomical Society in London. Her research has taken her to the Jodrell Bank Observatory, an Australian telescope facility searching for exoplanets in Sydney and to an old mansion in Surrey where she used the Cassini spacecraft to study the Lord of the Rings, Saturn. Sheila teaches and mentors at Space School UK, is a STEM ambassador for science and enjoys visiting schools, giving talks and workshops, and inspiring future astronauts of any age! She has a keen interest in science comedy in pubs, theatres and science festivals and plays the saxophone and field hockey in her spare time.
Dr Kat Arney
Dr Kat Arney is a science writer and broadcaster whose work has featured in the New Scientist, Wired, The Guardian, the Times Educational Supplement, BBC Radio 4, the Naked Scientists and more. She has just published her critically-acclaimed first book, Herding Hemingway’s Cats, about how our genes work– according to the journal Nature it’s “A witty, clued-up report from the front lines of genetics”, while Radiolab presenter Robert Krulwich describes it as “a gorgeously written, surprisingly gripping introduction to everything we’ve learned about genes”.
Dr Sara Santos
A mathematician by training, Dr Sara Santos set-up Maths Busking in 2010 doing maths as street entertainment. Nowadays she entertains at corporate events, festivals and schools. She is a member of the Raising Public Awareness committee of the European Mathematical Society. Sara loves maths, hats and Portuguese custard tarts.
Jenny Duckett is a developer with the Government Digital Service.
Dr Bissan Al-Lazikani
Dr Bissan Al-Lazikani is computational biologist working on drug discovery for Cancer Research UK.
Dr Anna Jones
Through her career as an atmospheric chemist, Dr Anna Jones has studied the effect of stratospheric aircraft on the ozone layer, the ozone hole over Antarctica, how signals in the atmosphere are recorded in ice cores, and how snow and ice over the remote Antarctic control the composition of the continent’s atmosphere. After completing her PhD at Cambridge University, she joined the British Antarctic Survey, and enjoyed it so much that she stayed!! She currently runs BAS’s atmospheric chemistry group, including their laboratory in coastal Antarctica (which she designed) as well as field research projects in both polar regions.
More details and names to come!
Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday, 9 August. Prices are:
- Early Bird: £10, available until midnight, 31 August (limit of 100 tickets)
- General Entry: £20, available until midnight, 9 October
- Concession: £5, available until midnight, 9 October
- On the door: £25, available until just before the performance starts at 7.30pm
Ticket sales will close at midnight on Sunday 9 October 2015. If there are any seats still available when online ticket sales close, you will be able to buy them on the door. Please follow us on Twitter, @findingada, for that announcement. If we sell out, we will operate a waiting list.
If you buy a ticket but then cannot attend, please make sure that you cancel your ticket on Eventbrite so that we can refund you and offer your ticket to someone else, as demand for places is always high.
We are very grateful to our venue partner this year, The IET Women’s Network. The IET is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community, with more than 150,000 members in 127 countries and offices in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. The IET provides a global knowledge network to facilitate the exchange of ideas and promote the positive role of science, engineering and technology in the world.
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