Pioneers of science step out in Dundee

Some of those who played the parts of famous women of science.

Emma Darwin, Florence Nightingale, Marie Curie and other pioneering women of science stepped out of a time machine in modern day Dundee as part of this year’s Women’s Festival.

The characters had starring roles sharing funny, heart-breaking and illuminating stories about what it meant to be a woman scientist at particular times in history in the Lady Scientist Stitch and Bitch event at Dundee University.

A communal knitting session is what has brought these time- travelling women together, however this is no gentle sewing circle but rather one that shares hilarious, horrible and human stories.

Organiser Dr Jon Urch said: “This event was designed to explore the lives of leading women scientists from history who had thought- provoking stories to tell.”

Other famous women from history portrayed at the event included Augusta Ada King, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin and Mary Somerville.

Dundee is once again celebrating the achievements of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) with the Women in Science Festival.

A total of 45 exhibitions, talks, film screenings, fun days and other events are taking place across the city in March, and the festival is supported by many of the internationally acclaimed female scientists and researchers working at institutions in Dundee.

More information is available by visiting www.womeninscience.org.uk.

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