About the BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium

The BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium is an annual one day conference for women students of Computing and related subjects.  The event started in 2008, and moves around the country.

The 2020 colloquium was going be at the University of Stirling, on April 8th 2020; organised by the University of Stirling with support from Glasgow University.
Due to COVID, we moved the 2020 event online and held poster contests via Discord, and online talks via The University of Stirling’s Canvas virtual learning environment. You can find the report on that event (including links to abstract book and talks) on the page BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium 2020.

In 2021, we’re hoping that we can be hosted by Lancaster on Tuesday March 30th. We’ve already got the experience of running a successful online event, so if a face-to-face Lovelace turns out to be impossible again we’re ready to go virtual. The pages for 2021 are a work in progress, and can be found at Colloquium 2021.

The attendees of the 10th BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium at Aberystwyth University in 2017

The aims of this event are:

  • To provide a forum for undergraduate women and masters students to share their ideas and network
  • To provide a stimulating series of talks from women in computing, both from academia and industry
  • To provide both formal (talks) and informal (networking) advice to undergraduate women about careers in computing from a female perspective

Each year we have a great series of talks, and an opportunity for students to discuss their own work in the form of a poster contest, with cash prizes provided by industry sponsors. Google sponsored all events from 2008-2019 enabling us to cover the travel costs (and overnight accommodation if necessary) for all students in the poster contest, and other industrial and academic bodies have provided additional sponsorship covering prizes and lunch. BCSWomen Lovelace 2020 didn’t involve much travel budget.

You can see details of previous events including lists of prizewinners here: Previous Conferences

Lecturers, students, and other interested parties wishing to find out more can subscribe to our announcements list. This is a Google group which you can view or subscribe to using the links below: we promise to restrict this group to announcements so you’ll get just a handful of messages a year, all about how to contribute and sign up to the event

Subscribe to BCSWomen Lovelace Publicity

Email: Visit this group

In 2019, at our last face-to-face event we had approximately 215 attendees, with the best and brightest women computing undergraduates in the UK. 15 employers brought stands or sent representatives and we are always looking to build on this employment fair aspect of the day. In 2020, the first virtual Lovelace saw fewer students and companies (we were all a little busy in April 2020) but we still had over 140 people check in to the event, with several companies joining the discord server and hosting virtual “booths” on dedicated channels within that server.

Any companies wishing to sponsor the event or bring a stand should contact Dr Hannah Dee (hmd1@aber.ac.uk) for more information.