Celebrating Women in Mathematics

10.30am to 3.30pm, Thursday 26 February

The Theatre

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  • Hannah Fry at Ada Lovelace Day 2014

    Hannah Fry at Ada Lovelace Day 2014

    Credit: Paul Clarke
  • Type

    Year 10
  • Speakers

    • Helen Wilson
    • Naomi Ball
    • Hannah Fry


Free but booking is essential

Event details

This special day for Year 10 students and their teachers to celebrate women’s contribution to mathematics is run in partnership with the Further Mathematics Support Programme at UCL. As well as three interactive talks by leading female mathematicians, there will be the opportunity to find out more about mathematics at University in a Q&A session with current mathematics undergraduates. There will also be a lunchtime competition led by teachers.

This event is free but booking is essential. A maximum of ten Year 10 students per school can attend with their teacher. Teachers can book by downloading the booking form and returning it to Jenny Davey at Kingston University.

Keynote speaker

Dr Helen Wilson is the deputy head of the Department of Mathematics at University College London. An applied mathematician with research interests in complex fluids, she's also interested in mathematics education and served on the panel which advised on content for the new Mathematics and Further Mathematics A Levels. She has two small children and as well as celebrating women in mathematics she will be celebrating her birthday.

OR - the science of better

Every year over 30 million people travel the world on a British Airways aircraft. Are they aware of the mathematics used to get them there? With Naomi Ball we will explore how British Airways uses a branch of mathematics called Operational Research to choose destinations, sell tickets, buy aircraft and answer many more 'million-dollar' questions.

The language of the universe

Dr Hannah Fry from UCL will never get bored of finding mathematics hiding in unexpected places. From news reports to politics, pottery and poetry – it’s always there behind the scenes, just sometimes playing more of a hidden role. That’s the reason why Galileo called mathematics the “language of the Universe”. She will take us on a tour through the numbers we print in newspapers, from who we find attractive, to how crime occurs across a city, all using mathematics as a guide.

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