Ada Lovelace Day – celebrating women in STEM

Every year, on the second Tuesday in October, the world celebrates Ada Lovelace Day.
Ada Lovelace Day celebrates women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)

Gifted mathematician and writer Ada Lovelace.

Ada Lovelace day is when women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) take centre stage and are applauded for their contribution and achievements in their STEM field, and for their power to inspire girls to study STEM for a career.

The day celebrates the gifted mathematician and writer Ada Lovelace, who was born in 1815. She is known for her important work on Charles Babbage’s mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. Her notes on the Analytical Engine helped to inspire Alan Turing’s work on the first modern computers.

How we celebrate

We celebrate the women in STEM who work at the department through the Ada Lovelace Peer Recognition Award.

On Wednesday 9 October there will be talks and meetups, and staff will find out who will be walking home with the 2019 Ada Lovelace Peer Recognition Award.

The award celebrates women who are role models to other women in STEM, have made a significant achievement and have paved the way for other women with their work.

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