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Time to celebrate Women in Science with 2015 festival

Dr Kelly Houston, molecular geneticist, at work (c) James Hutton Institute
"Throughout the Festival we will celebrate the truly inspirational women who simply go about their daily tasks doing extraordinary things

Dundee will once again celebrate the achievements of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) when the 2015 Women in Science Festival takes place from 7th-28th March.

A total of 45 family events, exhibitions, film screenings, fun days, talks and other events will take place across the city in March, and the Festival is supported by many of the internationally acclaimed female scientists and researchers working at institutions in Dundee.

Led by the University of Dundee and supported by the James Hutton Institute, this is the UK’s only Festival that celebrates women in science and this year will present a range of film screenings, exhibitions, talks and family fun days.

Dundee’s Women In Science Festival is aimed at encouraging more young women to get involved with science and then stay with it as a rewarding career choice and incorporates International Women’s Day, as well as running alongside Dundee Women’s Festival.

Patron of the Festival Professor Sue Black, from the University of Dundee, said: “This year is a landmark one for women in science with the Royal Society of Edinburgh appointing Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell as its first female President.

“Throughout the Festival we will celebrate the truly inspirational women who simply go about their daily tasks doing extraordinary things. We will also never forget the inspirational women of Dundee’s past and we have so many to share including Margaret Fairlie, Rebecca Strong and Mary Lily Walker. Their achievements of so long ago, still resonate strongly within our community today.”

Dr Jon Urch, Chair of the Festival organising committee, said: “There is so much to do and see that we will be spoilt for choice. There are events that showcase the cutting-edge of research by ground-breaking Scottish scientists and these run alongside fun, drop-in sessions for families and evening talks designed to intrigue, interest and entertain.

“I really encourage everyone to attend pick up a copy of the programme and join us at an event. Please come along and have fun, meet new friends and start to plan for what you want to see or do next year.”

The Festival programme is more diverse than ever and includes a Mother’s Day programme, film screenings, literary and poetry events, comedy, family fun days, talks and an event explaining the science behind cocktails. A full programme and further information is available at the Festival’s website.

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Bernardo Rodriguez-Salcedo, Media Manager, Tel: +44 (0)1224 395089 (direct line), +44 (0)344 928 5428 (switchboard) or +44 (0)7791 193918 (mobile).

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