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Afternoon tea at our April networking event! – 11 April

Do join us for a tea-and-scones event on 11 April from 2 PM. This will be a chance to chat and meet interesting women at UCL – there will be an intriguing theme to our discussion, to be announced!

We’ll meet in the usual place: room 305 of the hospitable Department of Psychology: 26 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AP. Go to the seminar room on the 3rd floor. Step-free access is available immediately to the right of the main entrance.

See you there!

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Meet Cathy Holloway at our May lunchtime event! (13 May)

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Join us for our next networking lunchtime event on the 13th of May 2019, from 12.30-2 PM. Dr Cathy Holloway is Associate Professor at the UCL Interaction Centre, which is a world leading Centre of Excellence in Human-Computer Interaction teaching and research, which studies the interactions between people and technology. She is also Academic Director of the Global Disability Innovation Hub. Cathy develops assistive technologies to improve the lives of the one billion disabled people living worldwide. She will be telling us all about her work and research, with a special emphasis on the leadership challenges inherent in setting up a new centre at UCL, and what she has learned through this process. You can read UCL’s Spotlight to learn more about Cathy.

We’ll meet in the usual place: room 305 of the hospitable Department of Psychology: 26 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AP. Go to the seminar room on the 3rd floor. You can buy drinks and sandwiches at the Café next door to the seminar room, or from one of the many eateries in Torrington Place, or bring your own! Step-free access is available immediately to the right of the main entrance.

We hope to see you there!

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Meet Prof Kate Jeffreys at our next BYO lunchtime event

On Tuesday 26 March, 12.30-2 PM, join us for a networking lunchtime event. Prof Kate Jeffreys, one of the original founders of the group, will be telling us all about her life and work – including a very unusual hobby!

We’ll meet in the usual place: room 305 of the hospitable Department of Psychology: 26 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AP. Go to the seminar room on the 3rd floor. You can buy drinks and sandwiches at the Café next door to the seminar room, or from one of the many eateries in Torrington Place, or bring your own! Step-free access is available immediately to the right of the main entrance.

See you there!

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Dates announced for 2018-19 Spring Term 2 get-togethers!

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Crocuses blooming in Tavistock Square yesterday

We are pleased to provide the timing details of our up-and-coming events for this term. The programme is still being finalized, but our plans will be updated on the website when we have more information, and we will also be sending out notifications via the mailing list. As usual, we have varied the days of the week and the timing to ensure that there will be some slots that most people can make. So get these dates in your diaries and spread the word to any interested colleagues!

Tuesday 26 March, 12.30-2 PM
Thursday 11 April, 3.30-5 PM
Monday 13 May, 12.30-2 PM
Friday 14 June, 5-7 PM
Tuesday 16 July, 12.30-2 PM

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Weds 12 December 2018: Networking lunch – with festive baking!

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Wow – where did that last term go?

To celebrate the end of another autumn, and to compare notes and commiserate, join us for a bring-your-own lunch. Optionally, it would also be great if you’d bring along a plate of festive baked goods to share! Logistics permitting, we will try to arrange mulled wine as well.

We’ll meet from 12.30 to 2 PM in the usual place: room 305 of the hospitable Department of Psychology: 26 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AP. Go to the seminar room on the 3rd floor. You can buy drinks and sandwiches at the Café next door to the seminar room, or from one of the many eateries in Torrington Place, or bring your own! Step-free access is available immediately to the right of the main entrance.

See you there!

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UCL Women Wine Tasting Event – 23 November 2018

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Join us for a very special evening of fine wine tasting given by Kathleen Burk, Professor Emerita of Modern and Contemporary History. Kathy is the Cellarmistress of the UCL Professors’ Dining Club cellar, which dates from the 19th century. She also judges wines internationally and is responsible for the German, Austrian and Virginian sections of a large wine guide, ‘Wine Behind the Label’. She has gathered together some utterly delicious wines from Germany and Austria for you to taste and enjoy.

There will also be bread, quality cheeses and fruit selected to complement the drinks – and of course, good conversation!

Although the event will be half subsidized by UCL Women, your contribution of approx £20 (including Eventbrite surcharge) will allow us to bring in exceptionally high-quality wines.

You must book to attend, and spaces are limited.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday afternoon, 15.30-18.30
UCL Department of Psychology
26 Bedford Way
Room 305
WC1H 0AP
London

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New academic year – new gathering dates for your diary!

A beautiful endless summer has finally given way to cool nights, rain, falling leaves and the return of students. So it’s time to start thinking about building your network again!

UCL Women is a supportive and friendly place where you can meet other UCL Women (academics, postdocs and PhD students) and talk about the issues that matter to you. We started out as a network for women in STEM, but now we are open to all discipline areas. Bring your colleagues and friends!

Here are our dates for Term 1 – details to follow closer to the time.

  • 22 October lunch 13.00: discussion theme: Saying No!
  • 23 Nov late afternoon wine tasting with cheese and nibbles 15.30-18.30
  • 12 Dec lunch (festive baking special!) 12.30

As usual, unless otherwise stated, all events will be held in room 305 of the hospitable Department of Psychology: 26 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AP. Go to the seminar room on the 3rd floor. You can buy drinks and sandwiches at the Café next door to the seminar room, or from one of the many eateries in Torrington Place, or bring your own!

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Sara Mole at our next BYO lunchtime networking event – 14 June

The sun is finally shining and summer is on its way. As term winds down for yet another year, why not find some time in your busy diary to meet some fascinating colleagues from different disciplines across UCL?

Join us on 14 June 2017 for an informal talk in our popular ‘Who am I – what am I doing?” series, from Sara Mole, a Professor at the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology. The title of her talk is “UCL Women in Leadership Programme – my perspective”.

We’ll meet from 12.30 to 2 PM in the usual place: room 305 of the hospitable Department of Psychology: 26 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AP. Go to the seminar room on the 3rd floor. You can buy drinks and sandwiches at the Café next door to the seminar room, or from one of the many eateries in Torrington Place, or bring your own! Step-free access is available immediately to the right of the main entrance.

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Sara Mole read Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge, undertook her PhD at Imperial College, and two postdoctoral positions, one continuing her thesis work at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, the second back at Cambridge when she moved into the then emerging field of molecular genetics. She was appointed Lecturer at UCL in 1992 and has been here ever since. She is now a Professor.

At UCL, Sara has always worked primarily on Batten disease (aka Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses, NCL). In this time her team and colleagues have identified many of the genes now known to cause Batten disease. They continue to try to understand the function of these genes and the cellular consequences when they are not working properly. UCL has a particular focus on developing new treatments using approaches including gene therapy and drug repurposing for Batten disease. Unusually Sara’s lab is also exploiting yeast as a model organism to achieve these aims.

Sara founded the NCL Mutation database in 1998 and later launched the web site NCL resource as a gateway to enable those encountering Batten disease for the first time to have access to accurate information and expertise. Sara is senior editor on a text book on Batten disease, published by Oxford University Press. She is currently leading the BATCure project that brings together experts from 14 different institutions across Europe, including the Batten Disease Family Association as a full partner, half of which have never worked on Batten disease before. Their focus is on developing new treatments.

Sara introduced the idea of working under the Athena Charter to her department, the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology in 2008, and has led on its implementation from their first Silver award in 2009, its renewal in 2012 and their Gold award in 2016, together with co-chair Professor Rob de Bruin. The LMCB is often held up as a beacon of good practice within UCL. Sara champions Equality and Diversity within the Faculty of Life Science through the Equality & Diversity Committee, and tweets using #simplygoodpractice. She also serves on or chairs Athena SWAN panels. Recently she has been much in demand to talk about Athena SWAN and the journey to Athena Gold. Sara also initiated a new monthly network in 2016 known as UCL Women in Leadership which brings together senior academic and professional support staff who have shared a leadership development programme of the same name.

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Dr Emmanuelle Charpentier: 2017 UCL Women’s Flagship Lecture

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7 March 2017 from 17:30

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Dr Emmanuelle Charpentier, a pioneer of CRISPR-Cas9 technology, will give the 2017 UCL Women’s Flagship Lecture. CRISPR went from obscure bacterial defence system to household name in a few short years thanks to its immense power to ‘edit’ the genome. In this seminar, we’ll hear the inside story of this fascinating journey as well as learn more about the woman behind it.

There’ll be a drinks reception in the Cloisters (Wilkins Building, main quad of UCL) from 5.30pm, followed by the lecture in Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1 at 7pm. The lecture will be enhanced afterwards by a Q&A session, moderated by Alok Jha, science correspondent for ITV News.

This event is free and open to all, but spaces are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment! You can register for a maximum of two tickets.

Biography – Emmanuelle Charpentier

Dr Charpentier, a French biologist, is currently director of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin. Her work was instrumental in understanding the molecular basis of the bacterial CRISPR-Cas9 “immune system” and exploiting it as a tool for genome editing. In collaboration with Jennifer Doudna and her team, Charpentier’s group worked out how to make precisely targeted mutations via synthetic “guide RNA” molecules. The method is now widely used to edit the DNA sequences of plants, animals, and mammalian cells, which will have wide-reaching effects on biology, healthcare and technology in the future. Charpentier has won the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, the Gruber Foundation International Prize in Genetics and the Leibniz Prize, Germany’s most important research prize. In 2015, Time Magazine named Charpentier one of the 100 most influential people in the world (together with Jennifer Doudna).

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Seirian Sumner at our next BYO lunch networking session 14 February 2017

New year, new term, new chance to meet fascinating colleagues from different disciplines across UCL! If you haven’t been to one of our events before, why not make it your 2017 Resolution to change this?

Join us on 14 February 2017 for an informal talk in our popular ‘Who am I – what am I doing?” series, from Seirian Sumner, who has recently joined us as a Reader in Behavioural Ecology in the Division of Biosciences. Apart from Seirian’s fascinating research into the societal behaviour of insects, we will hear more about Soapbox Science, a unique international public engagement project that she co-founded with Nathalie Pettorelli. See Seirian’s biography at the bottom for more information. The title of her talk is “Soapbox Science – Taking Science to the Streets”.

We’ll meet from 12.30 to 2 PM in the usual place: room 305 of the hospitable Department of Psychology: 26 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AP. Go to the seminar room on the 3rd floor. You can buy drinks and sandwiches at the Café next door to the seminar room, or from one of the many eateries in Torrington Place, or bring your own! In honour of St Valentines, be warned that some of us may attempt themed baking! Step-free access is available immediately to the right of the main entrance.

And don’t forget to save the dates of the next two get-togethers (details closer to the time):

Thurs April 13 1-2.30
Wed June 14 1-2.30

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Seirian’s work seeks to explore the interface between behavioural ecology, biodiversity and conservation. She uses a combination of field ecology and genomics techniques to address questions about how and why animals live in societies. Her journey began with a Zoology BSc (Hons) degree at University College London. She stayed on at UCL for her PhD where she studied reproductive conflicts in Malaysian eusocial hover wasps, with Prof Jeremy Field (now at University of Sussex). She then went on to a postdoc position in University of Copenhagen with Prof Koos Boomsma, to explore social parasitism of leaf cutting ants, in Panama. Thereafter, she held a succession of independent fellowships funded by Smithsonian Institute (STRI, Panama), L’Oreal for Women in Science Fellowship Award from L’OrealUNSECO/Royal Society, RCUK, and the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London. She moved to the University of Bristol as a Senior Lecturer in November 2012. She took up her current position in October 2016 as a Reader in Behavioural Ecology at University College London.

As well as being passionate about behaviour, biodiversity and insects, Seirian is an active advocate for equality in science. In 2011 she co-founded Soapbox Science, a no-frills public outreach platform for promoting women scientists and the science they do, as a regular annual science outreach festival. She led the Athena SWAN Bronze committee for the School of Biological Science in Bristol, and now sits on the Athena SWAN committee as a GEE representative for the Division of Biosciences at UCL.

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