University of Dundee

World’s only women in science festival returns to Dundee

17 Feb 2017

The world’s only festival dedicated to celebrating women in science will get underway at the University of Dundee next month.

The Women in Science Festival celebrates women in science, technology, engineering & maths and aims to promote careers in science to everyone, especially women and girls.

Showcasing the exciting research taking place across Scotland, the Festival launches on Saturday, 4th March, with family fun days, exhibitions, film screenings and other events throughout the month. 

Shabnam Wasim, the Festival organiser from the University of Dundee, said, “Women in Science is a fantastic way of celebrating the successes of women and the exceptional work carried out by female scientists, engineers and mathematicians.

“This year the Festival’s theme is Trailblazing Women, pioneers from the past and present, who have made, and continue to make, great contributions to science and our city. So we’ll be discovering more about founder of the University of Dundee, Mary Ann Baxter; the University’s first female students Mary Lily Walker and Etta Johnstone; as well as current scientists Professor Dame Sue Black and Professor Doreen Cantrell.

“Dundee’s Women in Science Festival encourages more young women to follow in the footsteps of these unique women, get involved with science and pursue one of the many rewarding career choices.

“It is important that everyone gets the opportunity to see women working in science, especially in careers in subjects that might have been traditionally dominated by men. We know that women are shown less in these roles in the media and on our TV screens, and in film. So we’re challenging everyone to reconsider what it is to be a scientist.”

This year the festival will head out into the city of Dundee, with events held in local pubs and Charleston Community Centre. Professor Jenny Woof will be smashing some gluten free myths and comedian Susan Morrison will compere a light hearted battle to decide which is harder, Physics or Psychology.

Women in Science 2017 takes place at venues across Dundee and runs from Saturday, 4th March to Friday, 10th March. Many of the Festival events are free and the wide variety of events mean there is something for everyone, of all ages and genders.

The festival is organised by the University of Dundee with events in partnership with Abertay University, DCA and Dundee Women’s Festival. The Festival is supported by Wellcome through the Institutional Strategic Support Fund.


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