Free training: Get into public engagement

Free training – click here to book tickets

Friday, 9th October 2015, 1pm-5pm
Kanaris Lecture Theatre at the Manchester Museum

Manchester Girl Geeks and ScienceGrrl, who both run workshops and events to engage people with science, are looking for early career researchers, and anyone working in/studying science, technology, engineering or related subjects to join our team of speakers.

We’re running a free half-day training event on Friday 9th October, with training from maths communicator Katie Steckles on speaking skills, confidence, and planning and running activities. There’ll also be free coffee and cake, provided by the University of Manchester’s PG training department.

Following on from the training you will have a chance to volunteer and speak our next event in October. As part of Manchester Science Festival we will be holding a Girl Geek Dinner: What Has Science Done For Me? Details of this can be found at:

GGTP #55: Girl Geek Iced Tea Party with Dr Suze Kundu

Suze Kundu - photo from the ScienceGrrl calendar

Click here to book tickets: £4 each including materials

Materials scientist and nanochemist Dr Suze Kundu is coming to run a hands-on materials science workshop, and the theme will be all things frozen! We’re calling it a Girl Geek Iced Tea Party, because we love puns. From supercooled substances to snowmen that never melt, it will definitely be very, very cool. More details will be confirmed shortly.

As always, we’ll have our usual tea, coffee and cakes, and if you feel inspired by the theme to bake something frosty-themed (snowflake shaped biscuits? fridge cake?) feel free to bring it along.

MMU Digital Innovation logoWe’re back at MMU’s The Shed, which is on Chester Street (opposite Nando’s, just off Oxford Road where the BBC used to be). The venue is wheelchair accessible, and if you have any other access needs please get in touch.

Tickets, including materials, are £4 each and can be booked on our Eventbrite page here.


Event review: Girl Geeks Tea Party #48 – Show & Tell

One of the great things about Manchester Girl Geek show and tell sessions is you never know quite what you’ll get until the day. The diversity of topics covered means that you can always come along confident that you will learn something new, be entertained, and hopefully inspired by what you hear and see.

Emily Hopkins (@emilylovedhim) was the organiser of January’s event and pulled together a brilliant bunch of speakers and also talked about Joan Clarke* – a code-breaker and colleague of Alan Turing at Bletchley Park whose character was included in the 2014 film release The Imitation Game.

*Joan Clarke’s Wikipedia page was started by another Girl Geek, Karen Pudner (@kpudner).

Katie (@stecks) brought along her new robot toy MiP™ AKA Nicholas Lyndhurst and demo-ed how you could use a smartphone as a remote control…

And then set Nicholas Lyndhurst off to bust some moves…

More fabulous talks were given by…

Elaine (@stem_maths) – EU Scientix project (@scientix_eu)
James – Machine learning with Microsoft Azure
Claire Dodd (@GirlGeekUpNorth) – Mentoring adults learning to code @CodeUpMCR
Rachel Moat (@rachelmoat) – Using music and electronics to help children with communication difficulties.
Natalie – Disaster relief learnings

Wikipedia Editing Day, Sunday 23rd November, SpacePortX

Manchester Girl Geeks & Wikimedia UK present an introduction to editing Wikipedia
SpacePortX 24-26 Lever St, Manchester, M1 1DZ [Map]
10am-4pm, Sunday 23th November 2014

Cakeipedia, from our previous event
We cannot guarantee there will be Wikipedia cake at this event. But there will be lunch, tea and cake.

Practically everyone uses the free encyclopaedia to find out about the world – but have you ever tried adding to it?

Women are sorely under-represented in editing and contributing to Wikipedia articles, and we aim to shift the balance.

Helpers from Wikimedia UK and Manchester Girl Geeks will be on hand to help you learn and develop editing skills.

There will be support on hand for beginners and for those who already have some editing experience.

If you’re new to wiki editing, trainers will be on hand take you through the basics of logging in and editing, as well as give you some ideas of how to contribute.

If you attended our event last year, or you already done some editing, there’ll be a an area where you can get stuck in and get help on more advanced topics.

Feel free to bring along your favourite sources and add to the body of knowledge together.

The day runs from 10am-4pm, and refreshments and lunch will be provided. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

What to bring:

  • A laptop / computer, on which to edit; if you don’t have one you can bring, please get in touch beforehand and we can sort something out.
  • Reference materials on topics you’d like to write about, such as books, papers or journals (optional).

Girl Geek Dinner: What Has Science Done For Me? (part of Manchester Science Festival)

Monday 27th October 2014, 6pm-9pm
7th Floor, The Landing, Blue, MediaCityUK, M50 2ST

Girl Geek Dinner: What Has Science Done For Me?
Girl Geek Dinner: What Has Science Done For Me?

Manchester Girl Geeks and ScienceGrrl present an evening with some of the finest minds in science, technology, IT and engineering.

• Thinking of studying science/technology at university? They’ve been there and done that!
• Want to know what cutting edge research is all about? They can tell you!

Hear about the work they’ve been doing, what they’re doing next and what it’s like being a female working in science. There will be hands-on activities for you to try and you also get a tasty meal in Manchester’s thriving media/creative hub, MediaCity. There’ll also be a chance to find out about UTC MediaCity, a new college opening soon at MediaCity, and they’re supporting our event along with Manchester Science Festival and our lovely venue hosts The Landing.

Suitable for students at high school or above (under 16s with an adult) or as a school group. People who work or have an interest in science or technology are also very welcome!