Call for Abstracts

All women students of computing and related subjects1 are invited to enter one of the poster contests at the BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium.

This will be held on March 30th, 2021, at Lancaster University.

To enter the poster contest, you will have to write a 250 word abstract on the topic of your poster.

Your abstract can be on any computing topic you like. We’ve had submissions on everything from social networking to quantum computing; from medical image processing to wearables (complete with an arduino powered skirt). If it involves computers, we’re interested. If you aren’t sure what a 250 word abstract looks like, we have some samples of abstracts from previous years.

The poster contests are as follows:

  • Best first year poster for students who are in their first year of study at a UK university. This category is also open to students in a Foundation year.
  • Best second year poster for students in their second year of study at a UK university (also those on an industrial year or 3rd year of a 4 year degree – basically this is for students between their first and final years).
  • Best final year undergraduate poster for students in their final year of study for a BA, BSc, BEng, or in the penultimate year of an MEng (this will often be the 3rd year, but may be the fourth or fifth year, if the student has taken a year abroad, year in industry, or is studying for a 4 year Scottish degree).
  • Best Masters student poster for students doing a taught masters degree, or who are in the final year of an MEng or similar integrated 4-5 year course resulting in a masters.

We hope to be able to offer people’s choice prizes as well as first and second place in each category.

The best 100 or so abstracts received will get travel bursaries, meaning that we’ll refund your transport costs, and an overnight stay if that’s necessary for you to attend (for example – if you’re coming from Southampton, we’ll pay for accommodation, but if you’re coming from Manchester we’ll only refund your train fare).

The abstract submission system will go live here sometime in December 2020.

1We interpret “Related subjects” very broadly – in the past, we have had students following courses in computer arts, cognitive science, information systems, and a large number of different joint/major/minor programmes of study. If you’re not sure, drop the organisers an email on, we’ll probably say “yes”.