This year, we have partnered with the Royal Institution for Ada Lovelace Day Live on the evening of Tuesday 14 October 2014. Tickets are free for Ri Members and Fellows, £6 for Ri Associates, £8 for Concessions and £12 for everyone else, and are available now. If you’d like to join the Ri, then you can do so on their website. Accessibility information for the venue is also on the Ri website.
The famous Ri Lecture Theatre holds only 440 people, so we suggest that you buy your tickets soon in order to be guaranteed a place!
Our fabulous speakers this year include:
Dr Helen Czerski
Photo: University College London
Dr Helen Czerski is a physicist and oceanographer at University College London. When she’s not in the lab or on a boat (or doing both at the same time) she presents science programmes for the BBC. Web – Twitter
Roma Agrawal is a structural engineer from the team that built The Shard. She’ll bring stories of bridges and bridge-builders from the past and present, plus a few jelly babies too. Web – Twitter
Dr Turi King
Photo: University of Leicester
Dr Turi King is the geneticist who led the DNA analysis that helped identify the remains of King Richard III in Leicester and explores how interdisciplinary research combining genetics with history, archaeology, family history and forensics can shed light on our past. Web
Dr Hannah Fry
Dr Hannah Fry is a UCL lecturer in the Mathematics of Cities, whose TEDx talk has been viewed over half a million times. She’ll be talking about how maths can be used to predict the future. Web – Twitter
Credit: Simon Foster
Caro C is an electronic musician and sound engineer and one of the founders of Delia Derbyshire Day. Her performance is inspired by Delia’s fascinating archive and pioneering work including the realisation of the original Doctor Who theme in 1963. Web – Twitter
Konnie Huq is a television presenter, writer, and mathematics enthusiast who studied economics at Cambridge University. She was the longest-serving female presenter of the children’s TV show Blue Peter. Web
Naomi is an award winning artist and performer. The Royal Institution let her loose in their prep room and archives, where she’s developed her own unique take on Ada Lovelace. Web – Twitter
Credit: Vanity Studios
Steph Troeth is a user experience researcher and designer, sharing her obsession with finding ways to improve technology by understanding what real people do (and don’t do). Web – Twitter
Credit: Steve Ullathorne
Event host Helen Arney is a self-professed geek songstress, who writes maths and science-inspired comedy songs and performs across the UK as herself, and with “Festival of the Spoken Nerd”. Web – Twitter
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The Royal Institution
The Royal Institution of Great Britain, or Ri, was founded in March 1799 and remains at the forefront of public engagement with science. It still holds fast to its original mission:
“The speedy and general diffusion of the knowledge of all new and useful improvements in whatever quarter of the world they may originate; and teaching the application of scientific discoveries to the improvement of arts and manufactures in this country, and to the increase of domestic comfort and convenience.”
The Ri is celebrating women in science throughout 2014, with all of the year’s Friday Evening Discourses given by women. The Discourses were founded by Michael Faraday in 1825 and are the longest running science lecture series in the world. Many famous scientific breakthroughs have been announced at a Friday Evening Discourse, from the existence of photography to the discovery of the electron. The first woman to give a Discourse was Joan Evans in 1923, and many have followed in her footsteps, including Kathleen Lonsdale, Dorothy Hodgkin and Jane Goodall.
We have a number of sponsorship options available via our Indiegogo fundraiser for both this event and our webiste for individuals, companies or philanthropists who would like to support our work.