All of our events are currently on Teams. Recently we have had a number of people reach out asking if we will be recording an upcoming session. We do not record any of our events. Our motivation for not recording our events is that we want to create an open forum for discussion without compromising how we express ourselves for fear of a recording being publicly available.
For each WiC event, we send out an email a few days before with the Teams link so you can join in the discussion. If you would like to sign-up to our mailing list please contact one of our organisers (see here for list of organisers).
We also host regular shut-up-and write sessions. To find out more about the shut-up-and-write sessions or for instructions on how to sign up continue reading here. Upcoming shut-up-and-write can be found in our calendar here.
Friday 16th April 2021
Theme: Action at a Distance – Reflections on the History of Women in Science
In the April meeting, we will be joined by Dr Kirsten Walsh, a philosophy lecturer at the University of Exeter.
In her recent monograph, Reading Popular Newtonianism (2018), Laura Miller argues that the image of science as masculine was knowingly constructed by popularisers of Newton’s Principia. Eighteenth-century Newtonianism was presented as something for, rather than by women. That is, women could engage with the most important scientific theories of the day, but only at a safe distance—through popularisations written specifically for them. This attitude towards women’s participation in science is insidious and entrenched, persisting into the present day. Of course, these attitudes were not invented with Newton—the history of Western science is largely a history of exclusion—but, just as Newtonianism played a crucial role in bringing science to the emerging middle-classes, it also played a role in reinforcing the exclusion of women from science and medicine. That’s not to say that there haven’t always been women-practitioners of science. But they have often participated at a distance from their colleagues, from society, and even from their resources. In this talk, Kirsten highlights four women scientists, Margaret Cavendish (1623-1673), Emilie Du Châtelet (1706-1749), Laura Bassi (1711-1778) and Mary Anning (1799-1847), suggesting that their participation in science is best characterised as action at a distance.
Friday 07 May 2021
Theme: Women of the GSI & Met Office – Their Experiences
In the May meeting, we will be joined by Dr. Catherine Bradshaw and Dr. Karina Williams. Both Catherine and Karina are scientists at the Met Office and part-time Lecturers within the GSI. They will share with us their career experiences and their perspectives on working for both the Met Office and University.
Friday 04 June 2021
Online Workshop: Communicating science through comedy and storytelling
Are you interested in communicating your research to the public? Want to talk about your work without people dozing off? Keen to talk about science – but with jokes? Then this is the event for you!
Exeter Women in Climate have teamed up with award-winning comedian and environmental economist Dr Matt Winning to create this exciting workshop. Matt will talk about his experiences using comedy to communicate climate change, and why it can be a useful tool. Then everyone will get the chance to create their own fun material based on their research topic. Matt Winning has performed his climate comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and on tour around the UK, has appeared on TV and radio, and hosts a podcast and a BBC Radio 4 show (check out his website, mattwinning.com, for videos and links to all his work). The Scotsman described his latest show ‘It’s The End Of The World As We Know It’ as “Passionate, engaging and consistently funny, It’s The End of the World is an urgent dispatch”.
Matt Winning will be hosting a 2 hour online workshop on how to use comedy in communicating science – both to the public and in scientific contexts. The session will consist of a 30 min talk from Matt, followed by a Q&A and workshops helping people to develop their own comedy based on their research. To participate, please sign up on our Eventbrite page. If you sign-up, we will send you the details of how to log into the workshop a few days before the event (this is be either a Teams or Zoom call).
Friday 02 July 2021
Theme: Gender differences in productivity and collaboration networks of top-ranked academics
In this meeting, we will be joined by Ana Jaramillo and Mariana Macedo, PhD candidates at the University of Exeter. They will share their research on the gender gap in academia by using data-driven analysis, followed by a Q&A session.
Ana’s interests intersect the higher education systems, sociology of science, public health and social disparities, specifically the complex systems approach in general and network science in specific. She is currently studying her PhD in Computer Science at the University of Exeter. Mariana’s interests are in swarm intelligence, evolutionary computation, multi and many-objective, binary optimisation, complex networks, human mobility, gender inequality, data mining and machine learning. She is currently studying her PhD at the University of Exeter.