Join the Finding Ada Network for a six month mentoring program

MentoringWe are offering six months of free access to our Finding Ada Network mentoring program to women in STEM.

We will provide you with access to our mentoring platform where we will match you with a mentoring partner, as well as our online content covering careers, professional development, soft skills and more. We’ll also support you with webinars about topics like goal setting, being a good mentoring partner and how to create good habits.

We will give priority to women from the UK and all webinars will be scheduled in UK time. If you are resident in any other country, you can still apply but bear in mind that your mentoring partner may be in a different time zone.

We are particularly keen to hear from mentors in data science, so if you’d like to improve your leadership skills and give back to the community, please apply to become a mentor now.

You can expect the mentoring program to take up around 1 to 2 hours a month for mentors, and 2 to 3 hours a month for mentees, although obviously in both cases you get out what you put in, so you may choose to devote more time to your mentoring partnership.

Important deadlines

10 April 2022: Applications close.
15 April 2022: Participants notified.
1 May 2022: Participants’ mentoring profiles must be completed.
6 May 2022: Participants matched into mentoring pairs.
15 May 2022: Participants must have connected with their mentoring partner and set up their first meeting.

The program will then run for six months through to early November.

Applications are now closed.

Finding Ada Network Webinar: Giving a Great Presentation

Whether you are giving a conference talk or making a presentation to your colleagues, your aim is to communicate information to your listeners. But to do that successfully, you need to understand your audience’s perspective.

In this one-hour masterclass with public speaking coach Sarah Cruise, you will learn how to engage, motivate and make it easy for your audience to listen, understand and remember your information. Sarah will outline the research in support of this approach and focus on the fundamental skills needed to present successfully.

Join us at 12:00 BST on Wednesday 27 April 2022 for this hour-long webinar and take your presenting skills to the next level.

About Sarah Cruise

Sarah CruiseSarah Cruise specialises in the art and science of effective communication and her business, eloquential, represents the rattle bag of knowledge, skills and experience that she has collected over the years. Sarah combines research from well-founded and respected sources across many disciplines, with practitioners experience in the performing arts, and person-centred psychology and practices.

eloquential has been trading since 2006 and Sarah has worked with a number of well known companies and organisations including most recently: AstraZeneca, The British Medical Journal, Cambridge University Press, Mastercard, THIS Institute, and University of Cambridge amongst others. Sarah has also had the pleasure of working on notable events such as the London bid for the 2012 Olympic Games and is involved in interesting public engagement projects, including cohosting the Gin and Topic podcast with her stepdaughter.

Ticket sales are now closed.

Mentoring program survey

We want to find out how widespread mentoring programs for women in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) are, and to learn more about how effective programs are organised, and the barriers to creating long-lasting and successful mentoring programs.

Please complete this survey if you have, within the last five years, been involved in planning, organising or running a mentoring program for women, regardless of whether the plans came to fruition or whether the program was seen as a success. We especially want to hear from you if you have tried to create a mentoring program but were ultimately unable to get it off the ground.

We’d like to hear about mentoring programs that were or are intended to serve women, ie with very few men participating. These women can be in any role that requires STEM expertise, regardless of industry, for example, investment banks employ a lot of programmers, so could run mentoring schemes for women in tech roles that would qualify for this survey.

If you have run more than one mentoring scheme, please complete this form once for each program.

The survey is anonymous, but if you’d like to be emailed with the results you can share your email address with us at the end, or you can email Suw and ask to be sent the results when we have them.

If you’d like to hear about the results from this survey without giving us your email address, follow us on Twitter @findingada, or Facebook @adalovelaceday or subscribe to our newsletter.

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ALD21 Archive: There’s no such thing as a female peacock – Dr Sally Le Page, 2019

There’s no such thing as a female peacock – Dr Sally Le Page, 2019

Dr Sally Le Page explains why you’ll ever see a female peacock, but if you see a honey bee, she’s almost certainly a female. 

Sally Le Page is a biologist, YouTuber and science communicator and her personal mission is to bring science further into pop culture so that people enjoy and appreciate it in the same way they enjoy music, sport or literature. She makes videos about science and biology on her YouTube channel, Shed Science, and has worked closely with companies such as General Electric and Discovery to share her passion for science to an audience of millions. Her PhD was on fruit flies and how family ties affect how they behave towards one another.

You can follow her work here:


Recorded at the IET, you can watch the rest of the Ada Lovelace Day Live 2019 playlist here.

ALD21 Archive: Could Jurassic Park happen? – Dr Suzi Maidment, 2018

Could Jurassic Park happen? – Dr Suzi Maidment, 2018

Dr Susannah Maidment looks at the science behind Jurassic Park, and explores where fiction diverges from reality. 

Dr Susannah Maidment is a dinosaur researcher and the curator of dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum in London. Her research focuses on the relationships of the bird-hipped dinosaurs, how dinosaurs walked and moved, and dinosaur diversity in the Upper Jurassic, 150 million years ago. Prior to working at the Natural History Museum, she was Senior Lecturer in Geology at the University of Brighton, a Research Fellow at Imperial College London, and also spent two years living overseas and working as an Exploration Geologist in the oil industry. She has a PhD in vertebrate palaeontology from the University of Cambridge, and a degree in Geology from Imperial College London.

You can follow her work here:


Recorded at the IET and sponsored by Digital Science, you can watch the rest of the Ada Lovelace Day Live 2018 playlist here.