Equality and Diversity

International Women's Day Annual Lectures

The University's annual lecture series to celebrate International Women's Day includes 'inspiring women speakers' of international reputation.

Following the success of the previous six Lectures, the seventh of the series of annual public lectures 'The importance of Women' to celebrate International Women's Day was given by Dr Catherine Calderwood, Scottish Government - Chief Medical Officer.  Dr Calderwood discussed her career path - enablers and challenges over the course of her successful career.  She also talked about health particularly in relation to women’s health.

The event was held on the on the evening of International Women's Day,  8th March 2017, and was Chaired by our Vice-Principal People and Culture, Professor Jane Norman. 

Videos of this and previous lectures are available to view below.



Catherine Calderwood MA Cantab. MBChB FRCOG FRCP Edin
Catherine Calderwood MA Cantab. MBChB FRCOG FRCP Edin, International Women's Day speaker March 2017.

Catherine Calderwood MA Cantab. MBChB FRCOG FRCP Edin

Catherine Calderwood qualified from Cambridge and Glasgow universities.  As a junior doctor she worked in medical specialities in Glasgow Royal infirmary and at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh before completing her specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology and maternal medicine in SE Scotland and St Thomas’ Hospital London.

She became a medical adviser to Scottish Government in 2010 and has been instrumental in the work in reducing stillbirths and neonatal deaths in Scotland and in reducing avoidable harm in maternity services.  More recently her role expanded to include major trauma services and the introduction of robotic surgery for prostate cancer to Scotland.  Until her recent appointment as CMO Catherine was also the National Clinical Director for maternity and women’s health for NHS England.

She continues work as an obstetrician, seeing pregnant women in a regular antenatal clinic at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh.  Her research interests include thromboembolic disease in pregnancy and she is an investigator on the AFFIRM study which is examining whether increasing focus on the importance of movements of babies in the womb will help further reduce stillbirths across the UK and Ireland.

Catherine launched her first annual report as Chief Medical Officer for Scotland in January 2016 which focuses on ‘Realistic Medicine’ and challenges modern medicine to rethink priorities.  It has been universally well received amongst doctors, nurses, pharmacists, paramedics and AHPs and read across the world.  It also recognises the importance of valuing and supporting staff as vital to improving outcomes for the people in our care.  Catherine believes that these improved outcomes must also include what the priorities are for that person (formerly known as a patient) and their family.  She regularly blogs at blogs.scotland.gov.uk/cmo/ and you can follow her on Twitter @cathcalderwood1

Previous Lectures

Videos of all IWD lectures:

Dr Catherine Calderwood Lecture 2017

Professor Anneila Sargent Lecture 2015