Florence Nightingale Day

The Florence Nightingale Days are part of our continuing efforts to promote mathematics and statistics and especially the participation of women in those subjects.

The Florence Nightingale Days are part of our continuing efforts to promote mathematics and statistics to young women in years 10 and above, who will soon be making crucial choices in their career paths. The Florence Nightingale Day will showcase successful women in mathematics at various stages of their careers, display information about the broad range of possibilities offered by a degree in mathematics or statistics, stimulate informal discussion between pupils and mathematicians and give an opportunity for participants to compare their mathematical skills with their peers in other schools via a quiz.

While Florence Nightingale is well-known for her medical work as a nurse, she was also a pioneer in statistics, especially in the use of visualisation of statistical data. A description of this work may be found in her biography on the MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, along with a large number of biographies of other female mathematicians.

Florence Nightingale Day 2019

Thursday 10th January, 9:30-15:30, Lancaster University Management School Lecture Theatre 1

Provisional Timetable

  • 09.30-10.00: Registration
  • 10.00-10.50: Introduction and talk by Dr Rhian Davies (Digitalrail, Lancaster University)
  • 10.50-11.10: Refreshments
  • 11.10-12.20: Maths quiz!
  • 12.20-13.00: Lunch
  • 13.00-13.45: Talk by Dr Stephanie Yardley (University of St Andrews)
  • 13.45-14.00: Results and prizes of the maths quiz, break
  • 14.00-14.45: Talk by Dr Isobel Falconer (University of St Andrews)
  • 14.45-15.00: Closing comments, thank you gifts and feedback
  • 15.00-15.30: Maths ramble (information stands and informal discussions)

Dr Rhian Davies

Dr Rhian Davies works at Digital Rail as a Data Scientist. Rhian has worked as a data scientist for the last 3 years having graduated with a PhD in Statistics from Lancaster University, from where she also obtained a first class degree in Mathematics and Statistics.

Details of Rhian's talk will appear here shortly.

Dr Stephanie Yardley

Dr Stephanie Yardley is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews and is based in the Solar & Magnetospheric Theory Group in the School of Mathematics & Statistics and studies the magnetic activity on the Sun’s surface.

Details of Stephanie's talk will appear here shortly.

Dr Isobel Falconer

Dr Isobel Falconer is a historian of mathematics and physics at the University of St Andrews. She is especially interested in the relations between maths and physics in the nineteenth century,

Details of Isobel's talk will appear here shortly.

Previous events

You can find information about previous years' Florence Nightingale Days here: