Dr Jess Wade - why we should all edit Wikipedia

1:00pm - 2:00pm / Friday 28th February 2020
Type: Lecture / Category: Department
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Join us to hear from Dr Jess Wade; a scientist with enthusiasm for equality and improving diversity within science.

About this Event

Dr Jess Wade will talk about her passion for raising awareness of the work and contribution of scientists who can be overlooked. One of the ways she does this is through the creation of Wikipedia pages for women, LGBTQ+ and POC scientists. Jess will explain the importance of raising the profile of these scientists and what we can all do to help this endeavour.

Speaker background

Dr Jess Wade is a postdoctoral research associate in plastic electronics in the solid-state physics group at Imperial College London, focusing on developing and characterising light-emitting polymer thin films.

Jess has contributed to public engagement to increase gender equality in Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects. She represented the UK on the United States Department of State funded International Visitor Leadership Program Hidden No More and served on the WISE Campaign Young Women's Board and Women's Engineering Society (WES) Council, working with teachers across the country through the Stimulating Physics Network (including keynote talks at education fairs and teacher conferences).

Jess has received several awards for contributions to science, science communication, diversity, and inclusion. These include:

The Institute of Physics Early Career Physics Communicator Prize 2015
Winner of the Colour Zone in I'm a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here, an online science engagement project run by Mangorolla CIC
The Institute of Physics's Jocelyn Bell Burnell Medal and Prize for Women in Physics 2016
Imperial College's Julia Higgins Medal in 2017 in recognition of her work to support gender equality.
The Daphne Jackson Medal and Prize for "acting as an internationally-recognised ambassador for STEM"
One of Nature's 10 people who mattered in science during 2018.
The British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to gender diversity in science.
In 2019, Wade was named as the 44th 'Most Influential Woman in UK Tech' by Computer Weekly.