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Ada Lovelace Symposium: Celebrating 200 years of a Computer Visionary


A Symposium celebrating Ada Lovelace’s 200th birthday on 10 December 2015, is due to take place in the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford on 9 and 10 December, with a reception at the new Weston Library (Bodleian) and dinner at Balliol College on 9th December.

The Symposium will be aimed at a broad audience of those interested in the history and culture of mathematics and computer science, presenting current scholarship on Lovelace’s life and work, and linking her ideas to contemporary thinking about mathematics, computing and artificial intelligence.

Other activities will include a workshop for early career researchers, and a ‘Music and Machines’ event. For more information and for the full line up of speakers please visit:

In addition to the symposium, there will be a display at the Bodleian Library, 13 October – 18 December, with Ada’s exercise books, childhood letters, correspondence with Charles Babbage, a newly found daguerreotype, and a wonderful new archive discovery showing computational thinking in action – Lovelace, Babbage, magic squares and networks. There are also a range of other events celebrating Ada Lovelace's work; to see all of our events (more added all the time!), visit


Standard Registration, 9-10 December: £40

Gala Dinner Ticket, 9 December: £50

You can register and pay via the University of Oxford online-shop:

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we have a limited number of student funded places available to cover registration and the conference dinner. These are open to students studying in UK universities in 2015-16. For more information please visit: