UCL Institute of Neurology hosts inaugural Ada Lovelace Day event
23 October 2015
The UCL Institute of Neurology invited a group of teenage girls from Camden’s Parliament Hill School to visit on 13 October as part of an initiative to encourage more to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The event marked Ada Lovelace Day, which honours Ada Lovelace – a pioneer of computer programming – and celebrates the achievements of women in STEM fields.
Students aged 14-15 visited the institute to find out more about careers in neuroscience and met with female scientists to learn about their research, experimental techniques and work environments.
Activities throughout the day included an introductory talk on Ada Lovelace and female role models in science from Dr Selina Wray (Molecular Neuroscience, UCL Institute of Neurology), a visit to the institute’s research labs and a Q&A session with a diverse panel of neuroscience researchers.
The day saw a record-breaking 130 independent events taking place across 19 countries, marking a global drive towards increasing the amount of women in STEM.
The Ada Lovelace Day event was sponsored and supported by the UCL Institute of Neurology and the NIHR Queen Square Dementia Biomedical Research Unit.