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Members of the Women@CL network

The Department's Women@CL network - which exists to support female and non-binary computer science students here - is 20 years old! To celebrate this milestone, we are holding a special anniversary event on Wednesday 20th March 2024.

Women@CL runs events and activities to help female and non-binary computer scientists in their careers and encourage them to aspire to leadership positions. 

Since it was founded by Professor Mateja Jamnik and Professor Ursula Martin CBE in 2003, it has helped create a strong and supportive community for its members and offered financial help to some who would otherwise struggle to study here.

We celebrated its 10th birthday ten years ago (when the photo on the right of Professors Simone Teufel, Jean Bacon, Ann Copestake, Mateja Jamnik and Cecilia Mascolo was taken.)

Now, to celebrate its 20th birthday, we are inviting former and current members and distinguished guests to come and join us for a series of talks and panel sessions, informal knowledge exchange and social networking with some of computer science's brightest female minds.

Many speakers will share their personal experiences and journeys as women working in computer science and debate the hot topics currently facing women in STEM subjects.

The event will take place here in the William Gates Building. It will start at 12:30 with lunch. Registration is essential. If you would like to attend, please sign up here:

Confirmed attendees so far include:

  • Professor Jean Bacon (the first woman to take up an academic position in this Department; Emeritus Professor of Distributed Systems here and Emeritus Fellow and Director of Studies, Jesus College Cambridge)
  • Professor Ann Blandford (Mathematics BA from Cambridge University; Professor of Human–Computer Interaction in the Department of Computer Science, UCL)
  • Professor Dame Muffy Calder (Vice Principal & Head of College of Science & Engineering, University of Glasgow)
  • Dr Rosemary Francis FREng (Computer Architecture PhD, Cambridge University; entrepreneur; Chief Scientist at Altair)
  • Professor Philippa Gardner (former EPSRC Advanced Fellowship in this Department; Professor in the Department of Computing, Imperial College London)
  • Professor Caroline Jay (Professor of Computer Science and Head of Research in the School of Engineering, University of Manchester)
  • Professor Ursula Martin CBE FREng (Mathematics BA from Cambridge University; Professor Emerita at the University of Edinburgh and Emeritus Fellow, Wadham College Oxford)
  • Dr Ken Moody (Emeritus Faculty in this Department; Life Fellow of King's College Cambridge)
  • Professor Anna Scaife (Astrophysics PhD from Cambridge University; Professor of Radio Astronomy at the University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics)
  • Professor Niki Trigoni FREng (Computer Science PhD from Cambridge University; Professor of Computer Science, University of Oxford)

Industrial supporters

We are extremely grateful for the support from our donors who have supported Women@CL over the years, including Arm and Qualcomm. The donations we received have been invaluable in helping us invite speakers to the Department, support members and put on events like the annual Oxbridge Women in Computer Science Conference.

Timetable (provisional)

12.30 Guests; arrival and networking lunch
13.00 Opening talk: Professor Mateja Jamnik
13.30 Talk: Professor Ursula Martin
14.00 Talk: guest speaker
14.30 Coffee break
15.00 Panel discussion
16.00 Talk: guest speaker
16.30 Talk: guest speaker
17.00 Event closes
18.30 Drinks reception at Queens’ College Cambridge (for Women@CL members & guests only)
19.00 Dinner at Queens’ College Cambridge (for Women@CL members & guests only)