Women in Science Week
Women in Science week celebrates women in STEM and highlights the issues surrounding the representation of women. Bringing together both staff and students from across the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences, the events demonstrate that gender equality is a relevant and important topic for all.
NMS at the Movies - Hidden Figures
9 October 2017
18.00-20.30 - Room S-3.20, Strand Building, King's College London, Strand Campus
As part of Women in Science Week 2017, NMS at the Movies returns with a screening of Hidden Figures (2016), the recent US biographical drama about the female African-American mathematicians who played vital roles at NASA during the Space Race.
The film stars Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated flight trajectories for Project Mecury, the US's first human spaceflight programme, and other missions, Octavia Spencer as NASA supervisor Dorothy Vaughan and Janelle Monae as NASA Engineer Mary Jackson.
This event is free and open to everyone - book tickets via Eventbrite.
Ada Lovelace Day
11 October 2017
14.00-16.00 - Edmond J. Safra Lecture Theatre, King's Building, King's College London, Strand Campus
Ada Lovelace Day will feature guest speakers from within the faculty and externally, including Angela Saini, an award-winning British journalist, writer and broadcaster. Angela's latest book, published earlier this year, is Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong - and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story. For centuries, scientists have told us that women are biologically inferior to men, that they are intellectually less capable, sexually more chaste, and naturally designed to be homemakers and caregivers. Science journalist Angela Saini explains the flaws behind the science, and how the story is already being rewritten to reveal a truer, more accurate and empowering portrait of women.
Representatives from WiSTEM student Society will speak on their recent experience and plans for the future, and Professor Peter Main, Head of Department of Physics and chair of the Faculty Diversity & Inclusion committee, will lead a panel discussion on the importance of gender equality in STEM and how we can strive to achieve it.
The talks will be followed by a reception in K0.20.
This event is free and open to everyone, book tickets via Eventbrite.