Ada Lovelace Day Celebrations

To promote this special day and increase the profile of women across the University, the Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (WiSET) group spent the summer collecting selfie photos of our academic and research women across all faculties to create a mosaic collage of Ishbel Campbell (1906-1997). Ishbel was one of the founding academics of the University of Southampton, a reader in Chemistry as well as a committed teacher and inspiration for women in science.

Collage of Ishbal Campbell created using photos of Southampton Universities STEM women
Collage of Ishbel Campbell created using photos of Southampton Universities STEM women

Celebrations started with the official unveiling of the mosaic collage in the foyer of Hartley Library on Highfield Campus by Professor Andrea Russell (Deputy Head of Chemistry). The collage will be a proud showcase of all women across the different faculties, and a reminder of the amazing work they do.

Members of WiSET Steering group and Professor Andrea Russell
Members of WiSET Steering group with Professor Andrea Russell
Coffee and cake celebrations after the unveiling of Ishbel Campbell's mosaic
Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day with coffee and cake after the unveiling of Ishbel Campbell’s mosaic

An Ada Lovelace Day networking event was also held at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS), which encouraged peers to have a break over coffee and cake, whilst discussing the success of STEM women and Ada Lovelace. To promote the variety of roles carried out by the women at NOCS, a series personal statements collated for the 2015 event of what it meant for the women to be part of STEM were also displayed.

NOC Ada Lovelace Day event
Ada Lovelace Day event at NOCS

Many thanks to all of those who turned up to the event and helped us celebrate Ada Lovelace Day.