Event: Representation of the people in science – women in civic and citizen science

Update: Date of event is now Monday 19th March, not Monday 12th March. Explanation below.

We’d like to invite you to a free event taking place at UCL on the evening of Monday 19th March. As part of the UCL Exhibition “Disruptors and Innovators: Journeys in gender equality at UCL”, we will host a panel of talks on how to open up science and engineering to new audiences, especially the representation of women in science.

Women in Science Eventbrite pic

Date: Monday 19th March 2018
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Location: Room G07, Pearson Building, UCL, Gower St, London, WC1E 6BT
Cost: Free

Evening format:
5:30-6pm: Tour of exhibition
6-6:45pm: Presentations by speakers: a series of 10 minute talks from women working locally in academia, art, science, activism and more.
6:45-7pm: Q&A and discussions with the audience
7-7:30pm: Reception and additional tour of exhibition

Directions to the “Disruptors and Innovators” Exhibition: Enter the UCL large gates on Gower St, in front of the large stone staircase. There is a door on the left of the staircase which will take you directly into the Octagon (Wilkins Building), where the exhibition “Disruptors and Innovators” is being held. We’ll be there to meet you from 5:30 to 6pm. A map pointing you to the Wilkins Building is here.

Directions to the G07 and our speaker panel: Enter the large gates on Gower St, in front of the large stone staircase. The first big building on your left is the Pearson Building. Enter the first door on the left after the big gates. You will come to the Geography reception, but we’ll have the doors open and signs up. Go into the corridor directly ahead; G07 Exhibition Room will be the first big room on your right. We’ll be starting our event here from 6pm, and those who wish can wander back to the exhibition with us at 7pm.

Event Details:
This event is part of the UCL Exhibition “Disruptors and Innovators: Journeys in gender equality at UCL”. You can arrive for the 5:30 tour of the exhibition or at 6 for the series of short talks.


Introduction: Dr Cindy Regalado from UCL Extreme Citizen Science will open the panel and introduce the speakers and “Doing It Together Science”, a citizen science initiative to provide science events in which the public can take part, and which you can all join.

Chair: Dr Charlene Jennett, researcher at UCL Interaction Centre, will give the first talk on citizen science and her research into this fast-growing phenomenon.

Some recent history of civic science: Dr Alice Bell, science writer and director of communications at climate charity 10:10, will draw on her research on the radical science movement to discuss science activism and community-based research in the 1970s and 80s. She’ll also reflect on comparisons between this and her current work supporting public engagement with energy and climate change issues.

Citizens use science to face HS2: Jo Hurford, local artist and community leader, was part of a group of concerned citizens to approach UCL’s Extreme Citizen Science department to learn how to gather scientific data about deteriorating air quality and further environmental concerns. She will cover what they did and learned, but also the effect of government refusal to listen to local questioning.

Transcribe Bentham: Transcribe Bentham is a flagship humanities project at UCL where a significant number of the most active volunteers are women. The project asks volunteers to transcribe papers written by UCL’s intellectual inspiration, the philosopher Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832). Dr Louise Seaward, Research Associate on the Bentham Project, will introduce us to the project and Gill Hague, one of the volunteer transcribers, will speak about her experiences.

Engineering Exchange: Professor Sarah Bell, director of Engineering Exchange, will present how to open up engineering practices to communities around UCL, and how women’s roles and feminist concepts have enabled this.

You can register on Eventbrite, but if you can’t get a ticket, we’ll try to fit you in! The exhibition will be open regardless.

Date change: We apologise for this. We did not realise until one of our speakers reminded us that there is strike action across multiple UK universities, UCL among them, and Monday 12th March will be affected. Some of our organisers would be unable to attend and we did not want to ask our audience to cross a picket line – that would not fit well with our “representation of the people” theme! We will advise as soon as possible if there is a room change, too. We have e-mailed everyone we know is coming, but feel free to contact us if we have missed you out. If you were going to attend but now can’t, again please contact us and we’ll e-mail you a write-up of the event and some pictures afterwards.

This event was supported by the EU-funded project Doing It Together science and the NERC-funded project Opening Science for All!

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