Women of science

Throughout history, female pioneers of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) have faced adversity, inequality and injustice, despite their groundbreaking contributions to the fields. Here at Manchester Science Festival, we’re proud to celebrate and support the women, past and present, who continue to break boundaries in these subjects. Our broad variety of events aim to inspire and elevate the next generation of female scientists, as well as give those already in the field the platform to share their stories, and shed light on women in history whose efforts have revolutionised the modern world.

Our Women of Science event showcases the achievements, struggles and attitudes of a diverse range of female scientists through a digital photography exhibition, and some of the inspirational women that contributed to the event will be there to chat about their work. The People Like Me event will allow mums and daughters alike to discover their potential in STEM fields, and stresses that no matter your background, you can forge your own path in the fascinating and rewarding world of science.

At the Manchester Museum, discover Indian artist Reena Saini Kallat’s breathtaking work on identity, memory, history and the natural world, while over at the Whitworth, painter Lucy Burscough explores in depth what it means to live with an altered or disfigured appearance in Facing Out.

Be a part of the story of the extraordinary inventor Hedy Lamarr with Reporting For Duty, an interactive event based on the World War II heroine, whose genius inspired the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology that we use today.

Feed your curiosity with The Lost Program by solving puzzles and finding hidden treasures with the very first programmer in history and all-round mathematical mastermind, Ada Lovelace.

These events are just a select few from this year’s festival that focus on inspiring and encouraging the next great female inventors, mathematicians, engineers and scientists. To discover more activities, panels and talks, check out the festival’s programme.