The WISE Festival Evening Events and Keynote Lecture

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Part of The WISE Festival – Celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Your ticket includes access to all talks and activities throughout the evening and a glass of wine.

The WISE Festival highlights and celebrates the achievements of women in science through fun, inspirational and thought-provoking talks and panel sessions.

Provisional programme
Check out our blog as we regularly release further information about our participants and their contribution to the Festival, starting with novelist and scientist Sunetra Gupta.

19.00 Welcome and introduction
Helen Arney – scientist, comedian and ukelele player – and Dame Carol Black, Chair of the British Library

19.45 Break out sessions

1. The Science of Taste with Molecular Scientist, Rachel Edwards Stuart
How does what you see, hear, touch, smell and taste affect flavour? Learn about the science of the senses and discover more about how you taste in this interactive journey through flavour perception.

2. Back to the Future with IMSET – Panel Session
Learning from the science of the past to protect our futures

Chaired by Emma Jenkins, Director of IMSET and Associate Professor, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, Bournemouth University

Panel includes:
  • Nicola Whitehouse Professor of Human-Environment Systems at Plymouth University and Senior Lecture in Archaeology at Glasgow University
  • Erika Guttmann-Bond Author of Reinventing Sustainability: How Archaeology Can Save the Planet
  • Fiona Coward - Principal Academic in Archaeological Sciences, Bournemouth University
3. The Women Behind the Periodic System and Why They are Lesser Known
Annette Lykknes Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Dr Brigitte Van Tiggelen, Science History Institute

20.30 Sunetra Gupta
The acclaimed novelist, essayist and scientist uses her unique perspective, combining her scientific work on the evolution of pathogens with her experience as an award winning novelist and translator, to discuss science as a part of our culture and not something reserved only for scientists.

21.30 End of formal talks
Discussions continue over wine in the foyer.

Click here to find out what else is happening at The WISE Festival.


Name: The WISE Festival Evening Events and Keynote Lecture
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546