Professor Muffy Calder OBE, FRSE, FIEE, FCBS

Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland and Professor of Computing Science at Glasgow University.

calderProfessor Calder’s research is in modelling and reasoning about the behaviour of complex software and biochemical systems using computer science, mathematics and automated reasoning techniques. In 2011 Professor Calder was awarded an OBE for services to Computer Science and a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award. Professor Calder also played a key role in establishing the BCS Academy of Computing as a partnership between UKCRC, CPHC and BCS. Before becoming Chief Scientific Adviser, she was a Royal Society Leverhulme Research Senior Fellow and Dean for Research in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Glasgow.

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Professor Pratibha Gai

Winner of 2010 Gabor Medal and 2013 L’Oreal-UNESCO Laureate for her work in electron microscopy and applications catalyst chemistry and nanotechnology

“Seeing the Invisible: watching atoms at work”

gaiProfessor Pratibha Gai ‘s education and career span 3 continents, namely, Asia, Europe and America. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Cambridge after early education in India. She carried out post-doctoral research in the Departments of Chemistry and Materials at the University of Oxford before establishing and becoming the Head of Catalysis and Surface Reactions Group at the Department of Materials, University of Oxford. She the moved to the USA where she held senior positions as DuPont Research Fellow at the DuPont Central Research Laboratory, Wilmington DE, USA and was concurrently adjunct Professor of Materials Science at the University of Delaware, USA. She moved to University of York in 2007 to take up positions as Japan Electron Optics ltd (JEOL) Founding Chair Professor of Electron Microscopy and Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Physics. She is the Co Director of the Nanocentre for research and teaching which she helped to establish at the University of York. She has pioneered the development of atomic resolution environmental transmission electron microscopy which enables the human eye to directly visualise chemical reactions at the atomic level. The development is providing a better understanding of chemical reactions which are the backbone of healthcare and technology, leading to new medicine, new energy sources with less environmental impact and improved industrial products for the benefit of humanity. For her contributions, she was awarded the 2013 L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Award for excellence in the in Physical Sciences in Europe and named as the 2013 Laureate for Europe. She has received other awards for her work including the Gabor Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics (UK). She has published nearly 300 papers, books, patents and presented invited lectures world-wide.

Pratibha Gai will share some of her global experiences and her exciting scientific journey with the audience. These will include opportunities and challenges for women scientists and how to encourage women in science.

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Dr Lucy Rogers

Blogger, Author and Engineering Consultant

“Finding Inspiration on Twitter”

rogersAt the end of 2010, Dr Lucy Rogers realised she had done nothing memorable during that year. Seeing a tweet on twitter that said “Do something so daring even you cannot believe you are doing it” she resolved to go for a New Year’s Day swim in the sea. Every month since, she has done something memorable. Often inspired or helped by Twitter. This talk describes some of those moments, the processes leading up to them, and how others have been inspired by what she has done.

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Clare Thomson

Curriculum and Diversity Manager, pre-19, at the Institute of Physics

“It’s Different for Girls: experiences in the physics classroom”

thomsonThe Institute of Physics has been working for some time to encourage more girls to continue with physics post-16. Their recent report, ‘It’s Different for Girls’ showed that 49% of maintained co-ed schools sent go girls on to take physics A-level in 2011.Clare Thomson will look at some of the wider issues surrounding this stark headline and what the Institute is doing to try and address them.

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