Celebrating women in science in scotland

As part of Falkirk Science Festival, celebrate some of the exceptional women scientists within the Fellowship at this panel event alongside the RSE’s Women in Science in Scotland exhibition.

Join in at this year’s Falkirk Science Festival to explore the RSE’s Women in Science exhibition and meet the esteemed women behind the portraits who make up the evening’s panel of eminent women scientists. This celebration will include a welcome reception and an opportunity to network, experience the exhibition and engage in important discussions about diversity and STEM. Attendees will also see live science demonstrations right from the forefront of cutting-edge research, led by women in Scotland. In line with Falkirk Science Festival’s neuroscience strand this year, this will include a demonstration from Ruth Ayelett, from Herriot Watt University’s women in robotics team.

Event timings

  • 19:00 Welcome reception and exhibition viewing
  • 19:30 Panel discussion
  • 19:45 Interval
  • 20:00 Demonstration – Women in robotics / neuroscience
  • 20:30 – 21:00 – Constructing the Kelpies: in conversation with

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About the Women In Science Exhibition

As Scotland’s National Academy, the RSE is proud to number amongst its Fellowship some of the most talented leaders, thinkers and practitioners working in Scotland today.

The exhibition celebrates 26 RSE Fellows, all pioneers and leaders in their respective fields. The women pictured in the exhibition hold an object that represents their inspiration to become a scientist or illustrates their scientific journey. These include a lego scientist in a lab, solar-powered cells, carbon dioxide locked inside rocks, molecular models, books, a sixth-year school report on biology and even a melted kettle element.  The portraits are accompanied by thoughts from the women about why they became, and what they like about being, a scientist.

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A person posing for the camera
Dr Senga Robertson-Albertyn


Dr Senga Robertson-Albertyn

Postdoctoral Research Assistant and recipient of the prestigious RSE Innovators Prize for Public Engagement

Dr Silvia Paracchini


Reader, University of St Andrews

A man wearing a hat
Professor Niamh Nic Daéid


Director, Leverhulme Research Centre For Forensic Science, University of Dundee

Professor Raffaella Ocone


Professor of Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University

Dr Deborah O’Neil


Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, Chief Executive Officer, NovaBiotics

Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Anne Glover are posing for a picture


Thursday May 25th, 2023 19:30-21:00




Dr Senga Robertson-Albertyn
‘I hope my visibility demonstrates that women can be good scientists – particularly the physical sciences - and effective members of the scientific community.’
Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, FRSE