A world-leading experimental physicist will discuss gender divides in academia at the University’s inaugural Futures Lecture.
Professor Dame Athene Donald from the University of Cambridge will argue that binary divisions – such as male versus female and art versus science – are unhelpful. She will draw from her own experiences to suggest that such labels can hold back progress in academic research and in society more generally.
The event – organised by Professor Michela Massimi and Professor Paolo Quattrone – is part of a new flagship series of public lectures from the Edinburgh Futures Institute. The Futures Lectures Series will feature high-profile academic guests discussing the future of research and its place in society.
Future Lecture Series: Labels are Dangerous Friday 18 May 2018 4.00 -5:30pm University of Edinburgh Business School Auditorium
Professor Donald has published more than 250 papers in the field of soft matter and physics at the interface of biology.
An advocate for gender equality throughout academia, she has chaired numerous committees at Cambridge and beyond and served as the Cambridge University Gender Equality Champion from 2010 until 2014.
As well as various prizes from the Institute of Physics and Royal Society, she won the 2009 L’Oreal/Unesco Laureate for Europe award. She was made a Dame for services to physics appointed in the 2010 Birthday Honours.
The Edinburgh Futures Institute is a new, multi-disciplinary initiative bringing together academics, students and external partners from a variety of fields to tackle issues in the economy, education and society.
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