International Day of Women and Girls in Science public lecture 2019

On 5 February 2019, we celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science with a public lecture from invited speaker Professor Terrie Williams. The lecture ‘Narwhal Nights: Discoveries Along The Scientific Road Less Travelled’ was a free event. Professor Lorna Milne, Master of the United College, introduced Professor Williams and the importance of such events at the University of St Andrews. Professor Clare Peddie, Head of the School of Biology, closed the event. The lecture was very well attended by members of the public, University staff and students, as well as pupils from St Leonards School and Waid Academy. Secondary school students met with Professor Williams for a ‘meet and greet’ lunch before the lecture, and early career researchers from across the University science schools participated in an informal careers in science Q&A after the lecture. We received extremely positive feedback (via feedback forms and comments after the event), for example:

“Amazing and inspirational talk. Wonderful to have these open to the wider community!”

“So enjoyable and inspiring to hear someone so passionate and knowledgeable.”

“Very inspiring lady, talk and message. Would love more of these talks :)”


The lecture can be viewed below.


Professor Williams designed and produced stunning science journals that were gifted to all lecture attendees, in addition to a ‘Careers in Biology’ bookmark and an eco-pen.

Many thanks to Katrina Falkenberg for organising the event, to Professor Terrie Williams for her inspiring talk, to Professor Lorna Milne and Professor Clare Peddie for introducing and closing the lecture, and to the volunteers who collected and processed the feedback forms. We look forward to next year’s lecture!