International Women's Day celebrated

Lectures, sketches and whisky tasting are among the University events celebrating this year’s International Women’s Day.

The International Women's Day Lecture will be delivered by Scottish biologist and President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Professor Dame Anne Glover.

Professor Glover was the first Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission and the first Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland.

‘Diversity – makes life better for everyone’ takes place on Friday 8 March at the Swann Lecture Theatre, King's Buildings from 5 pm.  

Tickets are free but are now sold out for the event. 

Lecture series

Previous International Women's Day Lectures have focused on women in science, gender equality and women’s rights and featured academics, broadcasters and public figures.


The Centre for Research Collections will host an International Women's Day Sketchathon at the Main Library.

The event, taking place from 12:30 to 4 pm, will involve inspiring stories of trailblazing women and the opportunity to create new artworks.

No drawing experience is necessary, materials will be provided and all students and staff are welcome.

Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Students and staff from the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures are holding a range of events celebrating women’s contributions to culture.

They include whisky tasting with the University’s Water of Life Society, an event discussing the work of female poets from Latin America, and a symposium exploring the role of women in surveillance, cryptography and espionage.

Recognising Brenda Moon

To celebrate International Women’s Day, The University’s Information Services Group is renaming its boardroom in honour of Brenda Moon.

The first woman to head up a Scottish research university library, she was Edinburgh’s chief librarian between 1980 and 1996 and played a major role in bringing the University into the digital age.

Balance for Better

International Women's Day is a global occasion celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

This year’s theme is Balance for Better, with a call to accelerate gender balance.

The international focus is on equality of representation in all walks of life including business, government, media coverage and employment.

International Women's Day is a celebration how far we have come in the fight for gender equality and a reminder of how much more there is to do. I am delighted that Professor Dame Anne Glover is giving our International Women's Day lecture this year. Dame Anne is an excellent role model for women in STEM (science, technology and maths) and has been a tireless champion for equality and inclusion throughout her career.

Professor Jane NormanVice-Principal People and Culture


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Home page picture: Professors from the School of Clinical Sciences. Left to right: Joanna Wardlaw, Jane Norman, Hilary Critchley, Karen Chapman. Photo credit: Douglas Robertson