GGTP #60: Stories of Women in Science

Sunday 6th March, 2-4pm, Manchester City Centre
Tickets £4.50 including refreshments and a booklet to keep

Join Manchester Girl Geeks and guests from the University of Manchester’s Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, for a walking tour of Manchester’s city centre featuring stories ofManchester’s scientific women. For International Women’s Day, learn about the contributions women have made to science in Manchester and around the world, and hear the stories of well-known (and less well-known) science heroes from Manchester.

We’ll include plenty of stops on the tour, and all the locations we visit will be accessible. Join us on a journey around the city centre for the afternoon – and stick around afterwards for a cup of tea and some cake.

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Sarah Burnett of BCSWomen quoted in the Economist:

“Software robots are only going to become faster, cleverer and cheaper. Sarah Burnett of Everest, a research firm, predicts that the most basic jobs will vanish as a result. Call-centre workers will still be needed, not for repetitive tasks, but to coax customers into buying other products and services. That is a harder job, demanding better language skills. So automation might mean fewer jobs, or at least less growth, in India and the Philippines, but more jobs in America and Europe.”

Read more here:

News of two gendered innovation

1.      A number of companies on the US West Coast are moving to design gender into tech.  Here is a 2-minute video from Microsoft’s Hack-for-Her Summit:


2.      A new method called GenderMag, from Margaret Burnett’s team at Oregon State University, enables software designers and practitioners to evaluate problem-solving software from a gender-inclusiveness perspective. The method includes a set of faceted personas that bring five facets of gender research to life, then embeds use of the personas into a concrete process through a gender-specialized Cognitive Walkthrough.  Empirical results show that a variety of practitioners who design software are able to use GenderMag to find actionable gender-inclusiveness issues in their software.

Foundations, publications, and a beta version of the method in “kit” form are available here: ; Feedback and contacts are welcome and appreciated. Contact information:

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science UK & Ireland Fellowships Programme for 2016 is now open for applications. They will be awarding five outstanding female post-doctoral scientists a fellowship of £15,000.

The fellowships are open to female postdoctoral researchers working in
the field of life and physical sciences, engineering, mathematics and
computer sciences. We are requesting your help to encourage as many
applicants as possible to apply online at by the deadline 11th March 2016.

This unique award is designed to provide practical help to aid female
post-doctoral researchers in continuing their cutting-edge research. The fellowship can be spent as the fellow wishes; it could buy a piece of scientific equipment, help to cover child care costs or be used to fund conference travel.

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Tech Mentoring Mondays are an opportunity for start-up entrepreneurs to meet established entrepreneurs for mentoring guidance.

The February Tech Mentoring Monday, on the theme of Women in Tech, a joint meeting held by BCSWomen and the BCS Entrepreneurs SG, welcomed Guest Speakers Leanne Bonner-Cooke, CEO of Evolve and Imogen Wethered, founder and CEO of Qudini. Leanne shared her experience as an entrepreneur, including success factors, potential pitfalls, leadership and getting the best from mentors. Imogen spoke about her company Qudini: building a business out of a Hackathon win.

Slides and information from the session are available below:

BCS Presentation


Women in Games WIGJ is pleased to announce a new set of awards to recognise and reward the contribution of women to the UK games industry. The aim of the awards event is to shine the spotlight on the most inspirational and influential professionals in the games business – who just happen to be female. In partnership with MCV and the Newbay Media Group, 2016 will see MCV and WIGJ searching for the Top 30 Women in Games, whilst also introducing six special categories:

Rising Star – This category recognises a leading up-and-coming talent from any sector of the business. The judges expect most nominees to be under 30, but consideration will also be given to women who are new (less than three years) to the industry.

Businesswoman of the Year – An executive who has had a stellar 12 months in terms of driving a company forward and generating significant revenues.

Creative Impact – Recognising talent in games development and design.

Unsung Hero – Honouring the vital support roles in the industry, including QA, community managers, studio managers, PR and HR.

Campaigner – A special award for someone working for or with a games-related charity, or working within a community to use games as a force for change, inclusion, education or improvement.

Outstanding Contribution of the Year – The award will reflect upon the life of someone who has had a lengthy and successful career at the top of the industry, making positive contributions to the commercial success and public profile of the games industry.

After a call for nominations that ends on February 17th, the MCV and WIGJ teams will then work with a specially selected panel of industry professionals to identify the Top 30 Women from the list of nominations, in addition to voting for the six special awards. The MCV Women In Games Awards ceremony takes place at the Hamyard Hotel, London on Thursday May 19th.

Jenny Richards-Stewart, CEO of Women in Games added: “Women in Games WIGJ is delighted to be in partnership with MCV for the Women of the Year Awards. It is really fantastic to see the contribution made to the games industry by women in all disciplines being rewarded in this way. “I am particularly pleased that Women in Games is sponsoring the Rising Star Award which will recognise an up-and-coming young woman working in our industry. This year’s event is, as always, a great opportunity for all women working in the games industry to socialise and network.”

The call for nominations for this event is open now and runs until February 17th. Please email with a brief description of who and why a colleague or peer should be considered.
For more details, see


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Hey Folks!

We are pleased to announce that the Women in Technology Conference will be happening again this academic year! Thank you so much for your attendance last year, we really hope that you will join us again in supporting an amazing event for Women in Tech.

This year we have more workshops and more talks from some of the amazing ladies that work in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) industries – from creating video games to teaching Raspberry Pi to teens, we have talks on lots of fun technology and demonstrations too! Dr Louise Brown from BCSWomen will running an AppInventor Workshop on the day.
Sign up is free and includes: free goodies, free lunch and free cakes!

Come along and try something new, learn about code and hear some amazing stories about building careers in STEM.

Remember IT’S NOT JUST FOR GIRLS! Women in Tech is all about getting rid of the gender bias and that means we welcome EVERYONE and you don’t have to be a student to benefit from the networking and technology workshops we have on offer.

Sign up is live on our website and more information on speakers, workshops and our sponsors will be announced soon!


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Amy Dickens
Lead Organiser
Women in Technology 2016

Title: Women in STEM: Celebrating Science and Engineering
Venue: Rolle Marquee, Plymouth University, PL4 BAA
Date and Time: 10th March 2016, 9am – 1pm
In excess of 630,000 women work in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) occupations in the UK, including thousands of ground-breaking and innovative researchers, examining subjects as diverse and varied as the cognitive development of infants or developing code for the latest smartphone software.
Building on the success of the 2015 event, Plymouth University is proud to present this a Women in STEM Symposium on 10th March 2016. The event will bring together students, post-doctoral and early career researchers as well as experienced academics to highlight world-class research by women in STEM.

This event is open to all, for more information or to register your attendance please visit: