Dame Wendy Hall to present 4th Karen Spärck Jones Lecture

Professor Dame Wendy Hall will present the 4th Karen Spärck Jones Lecture this year entitled: ‘How to enjoy a career in computing.’


The annual event sponsored by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and IBM honours women in computing research.


Dame Wendy Hall is a professor of computer science at the University of Southampton and a founder of the Web Science Research Initiative. She recently won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 FDM everywoman award.


Hall plans to reflect on how engaging in networks has aided her career, in addition to examining the current landscape for women in computer science and in the wider STEM community asking: ‘What lessons have we learnt and what hope is there for the future?’


Hall said: “In 1987, I co-authored a paper on the lack of women in computer science called ‘Where have all the girls gone?’ Twenty-seven years later things have changed depressingly little despite much effort across many different projects and initiatives. During that time however, I have (mostly) enjoyed a wonderful career in computing.”


“Karen Spärck Jones famously said ‘Computing is too important to be left to men’. She was so right but at the same time it is only by working together that we will change the gender balance in our industry. It’s time for men to make sacrifices as well!”


Bill Mitchell, director of education at the Institute said: “I’m delighted that, together with IBM, we’re honouring Karen Spärck Jones in this way. It’s important to showcase what women have achieved in computing if we are to encourage more women into the discipline.


“Like Karen Spärck Jones before her, Professor Dame Wendy Hall is a pioneer and an inspiration in the IT community and I’m thrilled that she is speaking at this year’s event.”  


The lecture takes place 22 May from 17:15 at the BCS building on Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA.


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