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Representation of the people in science – women in civic and citizen science

We’d like to invite you to a free event taking place at UCL on the evening of Monday 12th March. As part of the UCL Exhibition “Disruptors and Innovators: Journeys in gender equality at UCL”, we will host a panel of talks on how to open up science and engineering to new audiences, especially the representation of women in science.

Update: please note the date change. We apologise for this - explanation at the bottom of the page.

Date: Monday 19th March 2018
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Location: Room G07, Pearson Building, UCL, Gower St, London, WC1E 6BT
Cost: Free

Evening format:
5:30-6pm: Tour of exhibition
6-6:45pm: Presentations by speakers: a series of 10 minute talks from women working locally in academia, art, science, activism and more.
6:45-7pm: Q&A and discussions with the audience
7-7:30pm: Reception and additional tour of exhibition

Directions to "Disruptors and Innovators" Exhibition: Enter the UCL large gates on Gower St, in front of the large stone staircase. There is a door on the left of the staircase which will take you directly into the Octagon (Wilkins Building), where the exhibition “Disruptors and Innovators” is being held. There will be signs! A map is here. We'll be there at 5:30.

Directions to our panel of speakers in Room G07:
Enter the large gates on Gower St, in front of the large stone staircase. The first big building on your left is the Pearson Building. Enter the first door on the left after the big gates. You will come to the Geography reception, but we'll have the doors open and signs up. Go into the corridor directly ahead; G07 Exhibition Room will be the first big room on your right. We'll be starting our event here from 6pm, and those who wish can wander back to the exhibition with us at 7pm.

Event Details:
This event is part of the UCL Exhibition “Disruptors and Innovators: Journeys in gender equality at UCL”. You can arrive for the 5:30 tour of the exhibition or at 6 for the series of short talks.


Introduction: Dr Cindy Regalado from UCL Extreme Citizen Science will open the panel and introduce the speakers and this project, “Doing It Together Science".

Chair: Dr Charlene Jennett, researcher at UCL Interaction Centre, will give the first talk on citizen science and her research into this fast-growing phenomenon.

Some recent history of civic science: Dr Alice Bell, science writer and director of communications at climate charity 10:10, will draw on her research on the radical science movement to discuss science activism and community-based research in the 1970s and 80s. She’ll also reflect on comparisons between this and her current work supporting public engagement with energy and climate change issues.

Citizens use science to face HS2: Jo Hurford, local artist and community leader, was part of a group of concerned citizens to approach UCL’s Extreme Citizen Science department to learn how to gather scientific data about deteriorating air quality and further environmental concerns. She will cover what they did and learned, but also the effect of government refusal to listen to local questioning.

Transcribe Bentham: Transcribe Bentham is a flagship humanities project at UCL where a significant number of the most active volunteers are women. The project asks volunteers to transcribe papers written by UCL's intellectual inspiration, the philosopher Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832). Dr Louise Seaward, Research Associate on the Bentham Project, will introduce us to the project and Gill Hague, one of the volunteer transcribers, will speak about her experiences.

Engineering Exchange: Professor Sarah Bell, director of Engineering Exchange, will present how to open up engineering practices to communities around UCL, and how women’s roles and feminist concepts have enabled this.

You can register on this site or on Eventbrite, but if you don't get a chance, we'll try to squeeze you in and the exhibition will still be open!

Date change note: We apologise for this. We have only just found out that there is strike action across several UK universities, UCL among them, which would mean some of our organisers couldn't be present. We also did not wish to ask the audience to cross picket lines, especially as this would not fit well with our "representation of the people" theme! Your Eventbrite tickets will still work just fine if you have them. If you have already booked, but not received an e-mail from me, please let us know at We'll blog, but be sure to send a post and pictures specially to anyone who booked and then found the date change prevented them from attending.