Automation, Robotics and the Promise of an Easier Life

International Women’s Day Lecture by Prof Judy Wajcman

Date: 5.00-6.30 pm, Wednesday 2 March

Venue: Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Street)


In this lecture Professor Judy Wajcman, Visiting Professor at the Oxford Internet Institute, will examine the ways in which robotics embody the desire to save valuable time by enabling us to complete tasks ever faster and more efficiently. They are supposed to make our lives easier. Yet we hear constant laments that we are pressed for time, and that the pace of everyday life is accelerating. How do we explain this conundrum? And why is it that machines designed for today’s service economy often resemble gender stereotypes?

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L’Oréal-UNESCO Fellowship Awards for Women in Science 2016

The L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science UK & Ireland Fellowships Programme for 2016 are now open for applications. Awards will be made to five outstanding female post-doctoral scientists a fellowship of £15,000.  This award is designed to provide practical help to aid female post-doctoral researchers in continuing their cutting-edge research. The award is paid directly to the beneficiary and the fellowship can be spent as the fellow wishes; it could buy a piece of scientific equipment, help to cover child care costs or be used to fund conference travel.

The fellowships are open to female postdoctoral researchers working in the field of life and physical sciences, engineering, mathematics and computer sciences.   The deadline for applications is 11th March 2016.

More information and the online application form can be found here:



Women in Cyber 16 – Student Careers Event

GCHQ, together with the Cabinet Office, DSTL, HMGCC, the Government Digital Service and the National Crime Agency, are running an event at Birmingham University on 27 January aimed at female students who want to learn more about opportunities in UK Government cyber careers.

Research suggests demand for cyber professionals is growing 3.5 times faster than the overall IT job market and 12 times faster than the overall job market. Yet only 10% of the current global cyber workforce are women.   This event is an opportunity for female students to explore internships, graduate schemes, summer schools, etc., as well as network with government recruiters, cyber experts and peers from other  UK universities.

Guest Speakers will include:

  • Director Cyber GCHQ
  • Penny Endersby Division Head Cyber and Information Systems Division, Dstl 

Please note that anyone wishing to attend must apply in advance through the website by Monday 18th January.

Further details are available at

L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowships – Call


L’Oréal UK & Ireland and the UK and Irish National Commissions for UNESCO, with the support of the Royal Society have partnered together to provide a dedicated UK & Ireland For Women in Science Fellowship programme for women scientists at post-doctoral level to enable and/or facilitate promising scientific research in the life and physical sciences.

This year, for the first time, the fellowships with be open to Computer Scientists. To be eligible, applicants must be female postdoctoral level researchers who have already been awarded their research doctorate, have no more than 10 years’ active full-time equivalent postdoctoral experience and must not currently hold, or have ever held, a permanent academic post.

Funding of up to £15,000 is available to support successful applicants for a maximum of 12 months. The Fellowship money can be spent in any number of innovative ways to enable women scientists to pursue their careers and facilitate world class research – such as buying equipment, paying for childcare or funding travel costs to an overseas conference.

The deadline for applications is Friday 13th March 2015. Although you will not need formal internal approval to submit to this call, please let us know here if you intend to apply so that we can keep our records up to date.

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