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Women scientists give lectures at St Andrews

The latest lectures in a series aimed at fostering professional links between female scientists are to take place next month (December 2000).

Two lectures, one to be given by a Professor from the University of Edinburgh and the other by an astronomer from the Netherlands, are being given as part of the Athena lecture series which the University of St Andrews was awarded a grant to develop earlier this year.

On 7 December 2000, Professor Susan Smith from the University of Edinburgh will focus on “The problem with welfare”. The lecture, which will appeal to those with an interest in social and public policy and housing and labour market studies, is being organised in conjunction with the University of Dundee and will take place at 5pm in the Irvine Lecture Theatre (Room 504), School of Geography and Geosciences, Irvine Building, North Street, St Andrews. Meanwhile, on 8 December 2000, Dr Penny Sackett from the Kapteyn Institute in the Netherlands will speak on “Gravitational Lenses: Nature’s Telescopes”. The event will take place at 10am in Lecture theatre C of the School of Physics and Astronomy, North Haugh, St Andrews.

The lecture series, led by Dr Rona Ramsay from the Centre for Biomolecular Sciences, is funded by a grant from Athena with matching funds from the University and is aimed at strengthening links between scientists in different institutions and challenging the attitudes and cultures that result in under- representation of women in the UK’s science, engineering and technology sectors.

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Issued by Beattie Media on behalf of the University of St Andrews For more information please contact Claire Grainger on 01334 462530, 07730 415 015 or email cg24@st-andrews.ac.uk Ref: athena.2/standrews/chg/29nov2000

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