Today, 13th August, is Ada Lovelace Day, which celebrates the achievements of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. Ada Lovelace was one of the first women admitted to the Royal Astronomical Society and is regarded by many to have been the first computer programmer. To mark the occasion, we thought we’d take a look at our own “typical” experiences as women in STEM, through a series of three “day in the life” posts. I’m first up, posts from Emily and Stephanie will follow over the next few days (edited 16/10/2015: you can now read Emily’s post here and Stephanie’s post here).
One of the reasons I love my work as a scientist is because there is no such thing as a typical day. I might find myself working in the Trace DNA or Wildlife Genetics laboratories, doing data analysis, meeting with colleagues and students, attending seminars, having email or phone discussions with collaborators, writing reports or papers, reading papers, planning for new projects and dealing with administrative tasks. Occasionally I even get to do some fieldwork. Some days I spend most of the time at my desk, other days I never even see my desk.
As it happens, Tuesday 6th October 2015 has been mostly a computer day, which doesn’t make for riveting photo opportunities.