Lancaster to host virtual computing conference for women


Participants from the 2020 Lovelace Colloquium © BCS Women Lovelace Colloquium
Participants from the 2020 Lovelace Colloquium

Lancaster University is to host the 14th Lovelace Colloquium 2021 to encourage more women to enter Computing and related areas. 

This is the second time that the event, run by British Computing Society Women, has been held online. It will be hosted by Lancaster’s School of Computing and Communications on March 30 and the keynote speaker will be Professor Dame Sue Black. 

The conference is designed to provide a forum for undergraduate women and Masters students to share their ideas and network, and provides a stimulating series of talks from women in computing, both from academia and industry as well as networking opportunities. 

Comments from last year’s participants included: 

“I would encourage anyone able to participate next year to do so, it’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded women and share a unique all female tech platform. It’s also fun and a chance to try out something different.” 

“I would urge all student women- even slightly related to computing- to apply for the competition and participate in it. Because, although it’s only a day, you would get lifelong benefits and memories to cherish from it.” 

The organiser at Lancaster University is PhD student Lucy Hunt from the School of Computing and Communications. 

Lancaster University is a member of the Athena SWAN Charter, a higher education programme for the advancement of gender equality. The School of Computing and Communications holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award. 

Students at the Colloquium have the opportunity to present their work and ideas in the form of a poster contest, with cash prizes provided by industry sponsors. 

At last year’s Colloquium, Lancaster Masters student Janet Silantoi Leparteleg won second prize for her project entitled “AI, ain’t I a woman?” while fellow MSc student Avanthika Vineetha Harish received an honourable mention in the same category for her poster ‘Lifesaver or heartbreaker, the internet of medical things’.

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