women@CL

Archive of past events

This page contains information about events that women@CL have run, or been involved with before June 2008.
There is information about current and future events on the Calendar page. Information about more recent past events can be found here.


Wednesday 21 May 2008: Lunch with Ursula Augsdorfer
William Gates Building room FW26,1-2pm

Ursula is a Research Associate at the Computer Laboratory's Rainbow Research Group, which works on computer graphics, image processing, interaction devices and interdisciplinary design. Ursula will be talking about her career in academia and the various areas of research she's been working on.


Thursday 8 May 2008: Lunch with Kate Knill
William Gates Building room FW26,1-2pm


Kate has worked in speech technology for over 15 years. Following a Research Associate post at Cambridge University, she has gone from being employee 44 at a Silicon Valley speech start-up, Nuance Communications, to being 1 of 190,000 employees at one of the world's leading electronics manufacturers, Toshiba. Kate will talk about her career and contrast the working styles and company cultures of these firms.


Coffee & CAKE!
women@CL coffee and CAKE! is back! Held in the cafe of the William Gates building on Mondays at 1pm, they're a great opportunity for big and little sisters to meet up over lunch, coffee and (free)cake. Dates to mark in your diary:
31 March, 28 April, 12 May


Thursday 6 March 2008: Lunch with Beth Hutchison
William Gates Building room FW26,1-2pm


Beth is a Web Services Architect at IBM's UK Software Development Lab at Hursley, and she will talk informally about her career and how she got to be where she is today.


Monday 11 February 2008: Visit to Google London
12-3:30pm


Would you like to get into Google? Or maybe find out more about working for Google? If so, here is your opportunity as Google has invited a group of Cambridge women@CL members to visit their London Office, for an inside look into what it's really like.


Thursday 24 January 2008: Lunch with Laura James
William Gates Building room FW26, 1-2pm


Laura is Vice President of Engineering at AlertMe.com Ltd, a Cambridge-based start-up developing a revolutionary kind of home monitoring system. She was the first employee at AlertMe, and has been involved with developing the technology and launching the product nationally, whilst helping the company grow to 25 people.
Laura will share with us the story of this high tech start-up, the challenges and triumphs in technology and business development. She'll also talk about careers in research and development.


Monday 19 November 2007: Lunch and CV Clinic - a joint Cambridge AWiSE and women@CL event
William Gates Building room FW11, 1-2pm


David Ainscough, from the University Careers Service, will give expert advice on how to produce an effective CV and look at presentation styles and the differences in approach when applying for academic and industrial appointments.


Wednesday 24 October 2007: Coffee & Cake with Hanna Pasula from Google
William Gates Building room FW09, 11-12noon


Originally from Poland, Hanna completed her PhD at Berkeley and is a software engineer based at Google's largest European engineering centre in Zurich. She is part of the Search Quality team, where she applies machine learning techniques to projects such as Product Search.

Hanna will talk informally about what she's done during her career, and will then be happy to answer any questions about what she's done, and what she's observed of careers in computer science. This is an opportunity for women and men with an interest in applying their computer science qualifications to challenges in industry, to come together, find out more about technical careers, and to find out what it's like to work at Google!


Wednesday 10 October 2007: BIG Sister, little Sister lunch
William Gates Building room FW26, 1-2pm


Thursday 13 September 2007: Lunch with Lorna Brown
William Gates Building room FW26, 1-2pm with food & drink

Lorna is an Associate Researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge, and will be giving a talk entitled "From Music to Multimodal Interaction."


Friday 22 June 2007: Lunch with Carol Frieze
William Gates Building room FW26, 1-2pm with food & drink

Carol Frieze, a researcher from Carnegie Mellon University, will present her work on the role of culture and environment in creating a balanced Computer Science program in terms of breath of interests, student personalities, and particularly gender. She does not argue, as usually done, that there exist gender differences in how women relate to Computer Science, but rather that low participation of women comes from the culture surrounding Computer Science. She draws on a qualitative study done with the entering class of 2004 at Carnegie Mellon, the most successful CS department attempt to balance its gender ratio. She will also emphasis the importance of Women@SCS in that process, a group that she now directs.


CAKE! with the women at CL
The last CAKE! for the year will be on Monday 21 May at 1pm in the cafe of the William Gates Building. Bring/buy your lunch and women@CL will provide free homemade cakes.


Thursday 3 May 2007: Lunch with Ann Copestake (*please note the change from Wednesday to Thursday)
William Gates Building room FW26, 1-2pm with food & drink

Ann will be giving a talk on "Computational Linguistics: from the sub-lime to the sublimate."


7 March 2007: "women@CL Have Your Say" Lunch
William Gates Building room FW26, 1-2pm with food & drink

Dr Mateja Jamnik, women@CL co-director, will give a short talk about women@CL and there will be the opportunity to have your say about the future direction of women@CL. If there is something you'd like to see done or done differently in the Computer Laboratory, this is your chance to voice your ideas.


Coffee & Cake with the women at CL
This term the women@CL coffee and cake events are back! Held in the cafe of the William Gates building, they're a great opportunity for women in the Computer Laboratory to meet up over coffee and (free) cake and get to know those they might not otherwise have met. Everyone, from Professors to first year undergraduates are welcome. Dates to mark in your diary:
Monday 31 January, 3:30pm
Monday 12 Feb, 1pm
Monday 26 Feb, 1pm
Monday 12 March, 1pm


25 October 2006: Lunch with Danielle Drew and Madleina Scheidegger
William Gates Building room FW26, 1-2pm with Food & Drink

Ever wondered what it's like to work for Google? Find out at the next women@CL Speaker Lunch where Danielle Drew and Madleina Scheidegger will be speaking about their careers in technology and software engineering and their experience working for an exciting and growing company.


24 May 2006: Lunch with Emily Shuckburgh
William Gates Building room FW26, 1-2pm with Food & Drink

Emily will be speaking about her career in Climate Science and present some of the latest results concerning climate change prediction and explain how commercial long-range weather forecasts are produced.


15 March 2006: Lunch with Kerry Rodden
William Gates Building room FW26, 1-2pm with Food & Drink

Ever wondered what it's like to work for Google? Find out at the next women@CL Speaker Lunch where Cambridge graduate, Kerry Rodden, will be speaking about her career in Computing and her work as a Senior Usability Analyst at Google in Mountain View, California.


22 February 2006: "Getting a Job in the Games Industry" POSTPONED DUE TO ILLNESS
William Gates Building room FW11, 1-2pm with Food & Drink

Breaking into the games industry can be tricky, but at the next women@CL lunch our panel of experts will share with us their experience and industry knowledge, shedding light on the various careers available in gaming.

The panel will comprise of industry legend David Braben of Frontier, recruitment experts, as well as graduates who have managed to get into the games industry. There will also be an Xbox 360 available to play on after the panel.


25 January 2006: Lunch with Natasa Milic-Frayling
Gates FW26, 1-2pm with Food & Drink

Natasa Milic-Frayling from Microsoft Research will be speaking about her work on the transfer of knowledge and technology from the labs to industry partners.


14 December 2005: Lunch with Gillian Arnold
Gates FW11, 1-2pm with Food & Drink

Gillian Arnold, from IBM will be speaking about her involvement with the Women in IT Forum, IBM's initiatives, and also her experiences as a woman working in IT.


2 December 2005: Opening Doors to Enterprise - Women in Technology Conference
New Hall, University of Cambridge

This unique conference is dedicated to Opening Doors for women entrepreneurs in the East of England's hi-tech and life sciences sectors. It aims to identify the keys to facilitating more women-led start-ups and will be of particular interest to existing and aspiring women entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors and service providers.

Speaking at this one day event will be some highly successful female entrepreneurs and business leaders including Candace Johnson, President of Europe OnLine and recently named by CNN and Time as one of the most powerful business women in Europe; and Amber Nystrom, Founder and CEO of the Women's Technology Cluster in San Francisco.

The speakers will share their extensive business experience in interactive panel sessions, allowing delegates to gain invaluable insights into growing a business from idea, to incubation, to exit.


23 November 2005: Careers Panel - Applying for jobs in academia and industry
Gates FW11, 1-2pm with Food & Drink

Our speakers will include Dr Dina Papagiannaki, Intel Research Cambridge, Dr Simone Teufel, Computer Laboratory, Dr Gavin Bierman, Microsoft Research Cambridge, and Dr Philippa Gardner, Imperial College London. They will be sharing with us their experiences in applying for jobs, research and college fellowships and lectureships and providing advice for perspective applicants.


26 October 2005: Lunch with Liz Campion, Computer Clubs for Girls
Gates FW11, 1-2pm with Food & Drink

Liz Campion will be speaking about her work with Computer Clubs for Girls (CC4G), a national project giving girls aged 10-14 the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities to encourage more girls to consider careers in IT.


1 June 2005: Lunch with Laura Beckwith
Gates FW26, 1-2pm with Food & Drink

Laura Beckwith, from Oregon State University, will discuss how to take gender into account in the design of end-user problem-solving environments.


11 May 2005: Women in Gaming
Gates FW26, Speaker and Panel 1-2.30pm with Food & Drink, Games Session 2.30-5pm


women@CL present "Women In Gaming", an opportunity to explore the issues surrounding women in the games industry, as both producers and consumers of games and game-related media.

Guest speaker, Aleks Krotoski, will present her ELSPA White Paper "Chicks and Joysticks" and issues arising from her PhD research into social gaming. This will be followed by a panel discussion where various industry experts will be discussing these issues and answering questions.

After the panel, there will be a hands-on "Free For All" where you will be able to play a variety of videogames on a wide range of consoles, and try out some hand-chosen, diverse and interesting titles.


20 April 2005: Lunch with Lyndsay Williams
Gates FW26, 1pm - 2pm with Food & Drink

Lyndsay from Microsoft Research, Cambridge, will be speaking about the history of the soundcard and her contributions to digital audio for personal computers in the 1980s.


9 March 2005: Lunch with Hannah Wallach
Gates FW26, 1pm - 2pm with Food & Drink

The Debian Women Project


23 February 2005: Lunch with Anne Hargreaves
Gates FW26, 1pm - 2pm with Food & Drink
Anne Hargreaves from Goldman Sachs will be talking about her role as an Analyst in "Global Control" operations IT, how her career has developed and why she enjoys doing what she does.


3 February 2005: Lunch with Hind Bahwan (Cancelled due to illness)
Gates FW26, 1pm - 2pm with Food & Drink

Hind will be sharing with us her experiences as a female entrepreneur and business leader in Oman, UAE, India and USA.


3 February 2005: Lecture and Champagne reception - Hind Bahwan
5:15pm, Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College

The lecture is entitled "Business Leadership: Making a Difference".


26 January 2005: Lunch with Laura James
Gates FW26, 1pm - 2pm with Food & Drink

Laura James attended GHC 2004 on behalf of women@CL, and now reports back on her experiences in Chicago last October


4 December 2004: Careers Lunch
Gates FW26, 1pm - 2pm with Food & Drink

Our speakers will include Dr Gavin Bierman, Microsoft Research Cambridge, Dr Richard Gibbens, Computer Laboratory, Dr Madeleine Glick, Intel Research Cambridge, Dr Mateja Jamnik, Computer Laboratory and Prof. Ursula Martin, QMUL/Computer Laboratory. They will be sharing with us their experiences in applying for/being appointed to jobs, how they went about applying for the positions and providing advice for perspective applicants.


27 October 2004: Lunch with Karen Sparck Jones
Gates FW26, 1pm - 2pm with Food & Drink

Professor Sparck Jones works in Natural Language and Information Processing at the Cambridge Computer Laboratory.


29 September 2004: Lunch with Jean Bacon
Gates FW26, 1pm - 2pm with Food & Drink

Dr Bacon will talk about the challenges of running a journal and the future of academic publishing.


1 September 2004: Lunch with Eleanor Toye of Intel Research
Gates FW26, 1pm - 2pm with Food & Drink

Dr Toye works on Human Computer Interaction and is currently working on new applications for camera phones


29 July 2004: Lunch with Rana El-Kaliouby
Gates FW26, 1pm - 2pm with Food & Drink

Rana's talk on Mind Reading Machines will discuss and demonstrate context-aware, intention-aware user interfaces.


30 June 2004: Networking Lunch
Gates FW26, 1pm - 2pm with Food & Drink

Come along and have your say about our forthcoming events


26 May 2004: Lunch with Gordana Apic and Tijana Ignjatovic of Cambridge Cell Networks
Gates FW26, 1pm - 2pm with Food & Drink

Our company - the first two years! Cambridge Cell Networks is a bioinformatics start-up company developing computational (in silico) drug target discovery and validation technologies.


29 April 2004:Lunch with Katie Rodin, Goldmann Sachs
Gates FW26, 1pm - 2pm with Food & Drink

A CompSci in banking


24 February 2004: Lunch with Shirley Jamieson, Cambridge Enterprise
Gates FW26, 1pm - 2pm with Food & Drink

Shirley is founder of two companies, and 2002 Cambridgeshire Businesswoman of the Year


20 January 2004: Lunch with Esther Haines, WiSETI Recruitment Officer
Gates FW26, 1pm - 2pm with Food & Drink

Planning your academic career


26 November 2003: Lunch with Natasa Milic-Frayling, Microsoft Research
Gates FW26, 1pm - 2pm with Food & Drink

On industry, academia, and combining work and family life