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The 2008 BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium

High resolution and in some cases print quality versions of these images are available: please email if you want copies. As you can probably guess, the photos of the poster session are from a professional photographer, the rest are taken by computer scientists! A longer, first person account with more images is here: a rambling account of the day with more photos

Hannah Dee

The group at the end of the day -- some had left to catch trains by this point, so it's not everyone, but...

Report on the day

On 16 June 2008 over 60 women descended upon Leeds for the inaugural BCSWomen Undergraduate Lovelace Colloquium. Students travelled from as far afield as Brighton and Dundee, and represented about 20 different universities in total. The central event of the day was a poster contest allowing students to discuss their own work with other attendees, and thanks to the generosity of our sponsors (Google, The University of Leeds, IBM,, E-skills, Yorkshire Water and Shell) we were able to provide transport and accommodation costs to students who presented posters.

The keynote talk was given by BCS President Rachel Burnett, and technical talks were given by Professor Anne DeRoeck (Open), Professor Susan Stepney (York), Dr Jana Urban (Google) and Dr Beth Hutchison (IBM). Jana flew in from Google Zurich for the event, and Beth flew up from IBM Hursley. The speakers all rose to the challenge of presenting hard technical information to a general computing audience -- there was certainly no "dumbing down".

There were two student poster contests, one contest was called original project work for people presenting on their own project work (mostly made up of final year students), and the other called open choice for people presenting on general computing topics that they found interesting (mostly made up of students from lower years). The poster quality was amazing, with posters on nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, software engineering, usability engineering, hardware, the future of technology, and women in computing, to mention just a few. Attendees were asked to vote for their favourite poster, so we had two sets of prizes, one chosen by judges and a people's choice prize chosen by the other attendees. People's choice prizes went to Sarahann Hudgell, University of Leeds and Josephine Stenlake, of Durham University. The Open choice first prize winner was Catherine Harris from Birmingham University, and the Original project work prize winners were Stacey Humphries for the first prize and Yasmeen Ahmad for the second prize, both from the Univesrity of Dundee.

The formal part of the day concluded with a panel session featuring Vicky Greaves from Google UK's University Programmes; Dr Sue Black, head of department, University of Westminster; Dr Jana Urban, Google Zurich; and Dr Karen Petrie, University of Oxford. Each spoke for around 5 minutes on how they got to where they are now, and then the panel took questions from the audience on the general topic of computing careers. The aims of the day were to show women undergraduates that they can have a successful career in computing, and to enable them to talk and network with other women computer scientists, and we succeeded in both of these!

Images of the day

BCS President Rachel Burnett delivered an excellent keynote talk.
The audience.

The poster session:

The panel