Ada Lovelace Day is a day dedicated to celebrating women in STEM, founded by Suw Charman-Anderson 8 years ago as a blog event telling stories about women in tech. The now international celebration champions women of the past, present, and future, across the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
I first got involved with Ada Lovelace Day in 2013 when I took part in a Wikipedia Editathon. I then co-authored a chapter of ‘More Passion for Science’at about Ati Hermelin. This year I attended the Ada Lovelace Day Live event in London, and the entire evening blew me away! I was excited to be invited, and enthralled from start to finish.
I’m bringing back the event that kick-started my love of the knit and purl; Knit a Neuron!!!
I work at the University of Oxford, and part of my role is to run ‘engagement events’. The University as a whole is hosting a Curiosity Carnival on September 16th and 29th to teach the public about our research. I’m a neuroscientist by background, and in my eagerness to take part in the event I suggested they have a ‘Knit a Neuron’ installation. The aim is help kids make neurons, and teach them about brain and health research. Not only was this idea met with enthusiasm, I was asked to organise the whole thing.