International Women's Day

A list of events which University staff are involved in to mark International Women's Day 2017.

School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

International Women's Day - Life with a degree in Mathematics or Physics

  • Female scientists in labWednesday 8 March
  • 14:00 - 17:00
  • Fulton B Lecture Theatre, University of Sussex
      Presentations from Mathematics and Physics graduates about their career and life aspirations after their degree.

Organisers: Dr Yuliya Kyrychko (Mathematics) & Dr Matthias Keller (Physics & Astronomy) 

Confirmed speakers:

  • Amy Gardner (Physics), Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Sussex
  • Emma Atakpa (Mathematics), PhD student in Wolfson Institute, London
  • Elisabeth Brama (Physics), Senior Laboratory Research Scientist, Francis Crick Institute, London
  • Rebecca Grahame (Mathematics), Analyst at R-Cubed Ltd
  • Sarah Spencer (Careers & Employability Coordinator), Sussex
  • Philippa Young (Physics), Software Developer, CGG

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All welcome.


School of Media, Film and Music

Brighton Museum open day on the theme of International Women's Day

  • Brighton MuseumSaturday 4 March
  • Brighton Museum, Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton BN1 1EE

Alexandra Loske, from Art History and Associate of the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research, will be at the Museum all day giving pop-up gallery talks on women in our collections, including Mary Philadelphia Merrifield (see below)



Rebels in the archives: Stories of sexism, sisterhood and struggle - panel discussion with Jill Liddington, Abi Morgan, Heidi Safia Mirza and Deborah Withers

  • Women’s Liberation MovementWednesday 8 March 2017
  • 19:00 - 20:45
  • The British Library Knowledge Centre, London

The British Library celebrates International Women's Day with a panel conversation on the power and potential of archiving stories of sexism, sisterhood and struggle. Jill Liddington, Abi Morgan, Heidi Safia Mirza and Deborah Withers will discuss their engagement with archives of activism. Margaretta Jolly, project director of Sisterhood and After: An Oral History of the Women’s Liberation Movement, chairs this panel of influential feminists as they debate questions of politics, representation and preservation. 

Jill Liddington is a writer, historian and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. Her latest book Vanishing for the Vote: Suffrage, Citizenship and The Battle for the Census (2014) tells how suffragette organisations urged women, all still voteless, to boycott the census on 2 April 1911.

Abi Morgan is a BAFTA and Emmy Award winning writer and producer. Her film Suffragette (2015) is the first feature film to tell the story of the ordinary British women at the turn of the last century who risked everything in the fight for equality and the right to vote.

Heidi Safia Mirza 
is Professor of Race, Faith and Culture. She advises English Heritage on diversity and has established the Runnymede Collection, a race-relations archive, at the Black Cultural Archives. Her books include Young Female and Black (1992), Black British Feminism (1997) and Black and Postcolonial Feminism in New Times: Researching Educational Inequalities (2012).

Deborah Withers 
is a writer, curator, researcher and publisher. Their new book Feminism, Digital Culture and the Politics of Transmission: Theory, Practice and Cultural Heritage (2015), asks: what does it mean to say that feminism has cultural heritage?  The book was awarded the 2016 Feminist and Women’s Studies Association Book Prize.

Margaretta Jolly is a Reader in Cultural Studies and director of the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research, University of Sussex. Her current book-in-progress is Sisterhood and After: An Oral History of the UK Women’s Liberation Movement.

The Knowledge Centre bar will open at 18:00 with stalls from feminist archives and booksellers in the foyer. 

For further information and to book tickets (£5 - £8):

In association with the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research, University of Sussex.



In Search of Colour in the 1840s: Mrs Merrifield’s continental journey, with art historian and curator Dr Alexandra Loske

  • Wednesday 29 March 2017Mrs Merrifield’s continental journey
  • 17:30 - 18:30
  • The Keep Archives, Woollards way, Brighton BN1 9BP

Mary Philadelphia Merrifield (1804–1889) was a remarkable, self-taught woman who spent most of her life in Brighton. She wrote about colour, dress history, marine algae and was actively involved in the shaping of the natural history collections at Brighton Museum in the later 19th century. In 1844, Merrifield was commissioned by Prime Minister Robert Peel to travel to France and Italy in search of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts on colour. Her account of these travels, in the form of lengthy letter to her husband in Brighton, is archived at The Keep. In this talk, Dr Alexandra Loske, a colour researcher herself, will introduce Merrifield and her varied work, showing surviving letters and other archive material.



School of Business, Management and Economics

Charity bake sale: raise money for Team Kenya to help educate girls, empower women and reduce poverty

  • Wednesday 8 March
  • 10:30 - 11:30
  • Jubilee atrium, outside the BMEc School office (G08)

Join us for a charity bake sale on Wednesday 8 March - International Women's Day - to raise money for Team Kenya, a charity working with a Kenyan NGO to educate girls, empower women and reduce extreme poverty in rural Kenya. 

Since being founded in 2008, Team Kenya have built a strong relationship with the community in Ndhiwa and the Ndhiwa Community Empowerment and Development Project (NCEDP). Team Kenya work in partnership with NCEDP and together we have transformed the lives of over 5,000 children and their families in Ndhiwa.

Team BMEc for Mount Kenya: A team of BMEc students, academics and Professional Services staff are embarking on an adventure in June 2017 to climb Mount Kenya - Africa's second highest mountain - with an aim to raise as much money as possible for the charity, starting at an initial target of £5,500. Those taking part are:

  • Halima Ali Akbar, year 1 BSc International Business (with a professional placement year)
  • Karen Brandt, year 1 BSc Economics
  • Alexandra Butcher, year 2 BA Economics
  • Helen Greaves, Student Experience Co-ordinator
  • Julie Litchfield, Senior Lecturer in Economics
  • Georgina Lott, Student Experience Co-ordinator
  • Juliet Williams, Student Experience Officer

How to donate: Bring cash to buy delicious cakes (home made by the School's staff and students) on the day. If you can't make it on the day but will still like to contribute, you can donate now via Team BMEc's JustGiving page




School of Life Sciences

Life and a Career in Science Symposium

 ** Please note that registration for this event closed on 24 February at 10am. **

  • Wednesday 8 March
  • 9:30 - 17:00
  • Chowen Lecture Theatre, BSMS

Life Sciences has organised a symposium in conjunction with BSMS focusing on the diversity of career opportunities available within Life Sciences and Medicine. As you will see from the schedule below we have external and internal speakers who represent a wide range of experience and focus, who will be talking about their life and career paths; the highs and lows and how they got to where they are now and if this is where they want to stay! 

9.30 Registration and tea/coffee

Opening remarks and welcome by University of Sussex Vice Chancellor, Professor Adam Tickell

  • Professor Louise Serpell (Professor of Biochemistry, School of Life Sciences UoS)
  • Professor Melanie Welham (Chief Executive, BBSRC)
  • Dr Louise Newnham (Teaching Fellow, School of Life Sciences UoS)
  • Dr Shane Lo Fan Hin (Teaching Fellow, School of Life Sciences UoS)
  • Dr Hilde Lavreysen (Janssen Pharmaceutica)
  • Dr Jeremy Niven (Senior Lecturer in Zoology, School of Life Sciences UoS)
  • Professor Corinne Houart (Professor of Developmental Neurobiology, Kings College London)

Lunch and slide presentation

  • Dr Katy Petherick (Public Engagement Coordinator, School of Life Sciences, UoS)
  • Professor Martin Gosling (Sussex Drug Discovery Centre)
  • Dr Kiki Syrad (Deputy Director, Grants & Information, Great Ormond Street Hospital)
  • Dr Lorraine Smith (Teaching Fellow, School of Life Sciences UoS)
  • Dr Arianne Heinrichs (Executive Editor, Nature Reviews)
  • Dr Jörn Scharlemann (Reader in Ecology & Conservation, School of Life Sciences UoS)
  • Professor Gail Davey (Professor of Global Health Epidemiology, BSMS)

Closing remarks and thanks by Life Sciences Athena SWAN Chair, Professor Louise Serpell.

School of Engineering and Informatics


International Women's Day: Engineering and Informatics pledge of support

“Blank” posters have been put up in prominent places around the Engineering and Informatics buildings.

There is space available for people to write what they will do to support women in general - or a particular woman - or even some kind words of encouragement.

We will then meet, to discuss these pledges. The best one will win an AWARD (on the condition that it is followed through)!

For more information please email Dr Spyros Skarvelis-Kazakos.