Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Ada Lovelace Day Live!

Last night I was honoured to have the opportunity to speak at a fab event called Ada Lovelace Day Live. The event was a celebration of women in science and featured a whole host of inspirational female speakers and 'performers', from broadcaster Gia Milinovich to electronic music, theremin and robot extraordinaire Sarah Angliss.

I'd been invited along by the amazing comedy-geek-songstress Helen Arney to kick off the evening with some science demonstrations. I decided to pull together the work of some inspirational women in science and my own research (somehow!?) into a demo-packed journey through my view of some of the joys of science.

In preparation for the event the BBC paid a visit to my lab (STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab) to ask me a bit about being a woman in accelerator physics. They also interviewed three of the other speakers - you can see the video and associated article on the BBC website here.

Since I had to fit my talk into ten minutes I actually had to write it out (this is quite an unusual occurrence for me), but it does mean I have a nice record of what I said (or meant to say!) - so I thought I'd share it with you all here. I've edited it somewhat so it works better as a 'written' rather than 'spoken' piece. Enjoy!

Presenting the first diffraction pattern using a human hair. Photo: Andrew Steele (2012)