11th February at SRUK: International Day of Women and Girls in Science


On the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, SRUK joins the initiative 11th February to give visibility to the role of women in research and to promote actions that lead to greater gender equality in science.

Between the 1st and the 15th of February, SRUK will celebrate the International Day of Women and Girl in Science with events all around the United Kingdom. We will meet the women scientists who changed the world in the past, to work on changing the future and inspiring the new generations.



City: London
Date: Saturday, 2nd February 2019, 10:00-14:00
Venue: Room 834, Institute of Education, UCL, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL

We will cover the impact of Gender Equality, United Nations´ Sustainable Development Goal #5, in STEM disciplines in the UK and Spain. Three outstanding speakers will explore the current situation in both countries where gender inequality prevents girls to engage in STEM disciplines and young women to remain in academia through its many aspects: lack of gender and ethnic balance, access to education, pay gap, online absence, etc.

As a second part of the event, and connected with the above, we will hold a roundtable on the real impact that campaigns to encourage girls into STEM disciplines, as well as work-life balance initiatives have in the UK and Spain. Initiatives such as the Athena Swan will also be reviewed, with the idea to discuss what is and is not working, and suggest improvements.

This event will be a great opportunity to be inspired by the need for diversity and inclusiveness in STEM disciplines, and to reflect on how research methodology needs to change in order to have a real impact on everybody.

This is a child-friendly event.

Confirmed panelists:

Dr Jessica Wade (Postdoctoral research associate in Plastic Electronics, Imperial College London, and Honourable Mention Wikimedian of the Year 2018)
Dr Pavel Ovseiko (Senior research fellow in Health Policy and Management, University of Oxford).
Ana Puy, Director of the Women and Science unit, Cabinet of the Secretary of State for Universities, Research, Development & Innovation, Spain



City: Glasgow.
Date: Saturday, 16th February, 11:00-16:00
Venue: Glasgow Science Centre (50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow, G51 1EA)

An outreach activity for children between 8 and 10 years. A brief history of several women scientists will be explained in less than 5 mintues. Children will then have the opportunity to build a diorama about the women scientist of their choice using lego.

Una actividad divulgativa para niños de 8-10 años. La actividad consistirá en varias charlas muy breves (menos de 5 minutos) en la que se presentara de forma atractiva la historia de varias científicas. Los niños tendrán luego la oportunidad de construir un diorama con piezas de lego sobre la científica presentada que ellos elijan.

Do you know who is the mother of modern physics? And have you ever wondered who saw for the first time how DNA looks like? Who said: ‘The greatest danger to our future is apathy?. Women have led incredible scientific discoveries that had a huge impact on the world we live in, but do you know about them?

The Society of Spanish Researchers in the UK (SRUK) invites you to Building Women in Science, an event that commemorates the International Day of Women and Girls in Science where you will learn about the lives of these amazing scientists that changed the world. You will also have the opportunity to create a diorama inspired on your favorite scientist that you will be able to take home!

Free event for the visitors of the Centre and open to everyone (everything in English!).

Join us and let’s celebrate together the crucial role of women in science!

More info: During the event participants will learn the history of 5 inspiring female scientists from the hands of researchers from the University of Glasgow that will use posters to illustrate the life of these scientists. The participants will then create a diorama with plasticine and other materials inspired by the scientist they liked best. Participants will be able to take the diorama home!



City: Cambridge
Date: Wednesday, 13th February, 18:00
Venue: Hughes Hall Collage, Peter Richards Room, Wollaston Rd, CB1 2EW

“Mum, I want to be a scientist” is a special seminar and roundtable organised by SRUK-Cambridge to celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 11F.

Highly devoted women scientists and related to science, from different fields, will tell us how they found their way to become researchers. What challenges they have overcome throughout their careers from a personal point of view and in terms of equality.

We are delighted to have with us:

Professor Margaret Stanley (Emeritus Professor of Epithelial Biology, Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge)
Dr Amanda Sferruzzi-Perri ( University Lecturer in Physiology, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow & Lister Institute Fellow)
Ms Parthena Exizidou (Engineer at British Antarctic Survey)

And more…

This event is an open and friendly roundtable that aims to create discussion about the role of women is Science and how to motivate little girls, and not so little, to obtain a good scientific career. It will be followed by a cheese&wine reception. Everyone is welcome!

Limited number of attendees! Free to attend. Register here: https://women-in-science-feb-13.eventbrite.co.uk