School of Informatics

Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day 2023

Ada Lovelace Day is an annual event held on the second Tuesday of October to celebrate and raise awareness of the contributions of women to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) fields.

Ada Lovelace Day 2023

It is named after mathematician and computer science pioneer Ada Lovelace. It started in 2009 as a "day of blogging" and has since become a multi-national event with conferences.

Revisiting some of the accomplishments made by our women in Informatics in 2023

The School of Informatics has many brilliant women and to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day 2023, we have put together a roundup of some of their achievements so far this year. 

Elizabeth Polgreen receives the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship

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Dr Elizabeth Polgreen a Lecturer in Programming Languages for Trustworthy Systems at the School of Informatics is among ten awardees of the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowships programme it was announced on 24th August.

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Jane Hillston recognised in King’s Birthday Honours

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Professor Jane Hillston, former Head of School of Informatics (current Head of School at the time the article was written), was awarded a MBE in the King’s Birthday Honours List for services to computer science and to women in science.

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Professor Helen Hastie appointed the new Head of School of Informatics

Headshot photograph of Professor Helen Hastie, Head of School of Informatics

Professor Helen Hastie has been appointed as the new Head of School of Informatics. She took over from Professor Jane Hillston in August.

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Tanya Shreedhar in the final of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science UK and Ireland Rising Talents Awards

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Dr Tanya Shreedhar, a postdoctoral researcher in Mahesh Marina’s Networked Systems Group, was among the 2023 finalists for L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science UK and Ireland Rising Talents Awards.

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Informatics student wins Lovelace Colloquium poster competition

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Qiuye (Chloe) Zhang, a second year Artificial Intelligence and Computer science student won the second-year poster competition at this year’s Lovelace Colloquium that took place in Sheffield.

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NQCC’s Software Lab led by Elham Kashefi launched

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The National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) and the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh signed a memorandum of understanding on developing a quantum software and applications centre that aims to overcome key challenges to accelerate the development of quantum computing and investigate new ways in which quantum computers can provide benefits, beyond the reach of traditional computers.

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Informatics academics elected as RSE fellows

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Professor Alex Lascarides and Dr Fiona McNeill from the School of Informatics joined the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, it was announced on 21st March 2023.

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Related links

Link to University of Edinburgh Ada Lovelace Day 2023 schedule of events