Lancaster University Athena SWAN Lecture

The annual Athena SWAN lecture is one of the most important events in Lancaster University's gender equality calendar. Every year we invite a distinguished female academic to talk about her research and her career. These inspirational events are open to all. Previous speakers have included:

2016 - Professor Karen HolfordProfessor Karen Holford

Karen Holford is a Pro Vice-Chancellor at Cardiff University and a professor of engineering specialising in acoustic emission, in which field she has led research projects totalling more than £5 million.

She has won numerous accolades including Welsh Woman of the Year in Science and Technology and a WISE Excellence Award for “personal contribution to engineering and a long term commitment to supporting girls and young women in science and engineering”.

A video of her lecture, ‘Damage identification in engineered structures’, can be seen here.

2015 - Professor Lesley YellowleesProfessor Lesley Yellowlees

Lesley Yellowlees is Vice-Principal of the University of Edinburgh and a professor of inorganic electrochemistry.

She combines her academic interests with a keen interest in public engagement in science and promoting women in science. 

She became the first woman president of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2012 and is both an MBE and, since 2014, a CBE.

Professor Yellowlees' lecture, 'Women in Science', focused on the 'leaky pipeline' in STEM and asked what could be done to fix it.

2014 - Professor Dame Nancy RothwellProfessor Dame Nancy Rothwell‌‌

Nancy Rothwell is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester and a professor of physiology.

She has been named as one of the most powerful women in the UK by the Radio 4 programme Woman's Hour, and was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2005.

Dame Nancy has a strong interest in public communication of science and makes regular appearances in the media, including being the subject of R4's flagship science programme The Life Scientific.

Her lecture was entitled 'A life in science'.