Ada Lovelace Day is an annual celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths.
Ada Lovelace Day Live! is our flagship ‘science cabaret’ event which this year will be held at The IET on the evening of 11 October. Playing host to the UK’s most fabulous women in STEM, ALD Live is an entertaining evening of geekery, comedy and music suitable for everyone over the age of 12. If you’d like to enjoy a taster, take a look at our videos from 2015, 2014 and 2013!
Our amazing speakers are:
- Yewande Akinola, design engineer focused on sustainable water supply systems and the engineering design coordination of large projects in the built environment.
- Dr Sheila Kanani, planetary physicist, science presenter, secondary school physics teacher and space comedienne with a background in astrophysics and astronomy.
- Dr Kat Arney, science writer and broadcaster whose work has featured in the New Scientist, Wired, the Guardian, the Times Educational Supplement, BBC Radio 4, the Naked Scientists and more.
- Jenny Duckett, developer with the Government Digital Service.
- Dr Sara Santos, mathematician, director and founder of Maths Busking.
- Dr Bissan Al-Lazikani, computational biologist working on drug discovery for Cancer Research UK.
- Dr Anna Jones, deputy science leader for the British Antarctic Survey's Atmosphere, Ice and Climate Team.
And our amazing compère this year will be the award-winning comedian and broadcaster Helen Keen! You can find out more about our fabulous speakers on our website!
Lobby doors open at 6.30pm, the performance will begin at 7.30pm and will run until approximately 9.30pm. There will be a cash bar for refreshments from 6.30pm until the beginning of the performance.
Ticket prices are:
- Early Bird: £10 SOLD OUT
- General Entry: £20, available until midnight, 9 October
- Concession: £5, available until midnight, 9 October
- On the door: £25, available until just before the performance starts at 7.30pm
Ticket sales will close at midnight on Sunday 9 October 2015. If there are any seats still available when online ticket sales close, you will be able to buy them on the door. Please follow us on Twitter, @findingada, for that announcement. If we sell out, we will operate a waiting list.
If you buy a ticket but then cannot attend, please make sure that you cancel your ticket on Eventbrite so that we can refund you and offer your ticket to someone else, as demand for places is always high.
We still have a number of sponsorship options available for both this event and our website for companies or philanthropists who would like to support our work. Please take a look at our sponsorship prospectus for more information.
If you'd like to become a regular supporter, please take a look at our Patreon project where you can donate a monthly sum from $1 (66p).
We also have a shop where you can buy books, posters, prints, cards and notebooks
With thanks to our sponsors
We would like to thank venue partner, The IET, as well as ARM, the Royal Astronomical Society, UCL Engineering, figshare, Digital Science, Ada Diamonds and Meromorf Press for making this event possible.
Can I bring my children?
Ada Lovelace Day Live! is suitable for children aged 12 or over.
Can men and boys come?
Absolutely! Our audience is usually very well gender-balanced, and we're always delighted to see so many men and boys attending. After all, STEM is for everyone!
Will you finish spot on 9.30pm?
Probably not, no. We try our hardest, but sometimes performers get swept up in the moment and overrun.
How do I get to The IET?
The IET has comprehensive travel information on its website.
Is the venue accessible?
The IET has been recently refurbished, and includes:
- A Sesame lift at the front entrance as well as removable ramp access to the side of the building. All floors are fully accessible via two lifts on either side of the building, and all levels are then fully accessible with step free access throughout.
- Built in ramps in the Faraday Lecture Theatre.
- Designated area for wheelchairs in the theatre plus companion seats.
- Accessible toilets.
- Hearing and visual assistance at the reception desks.
- InfraRed hearing system in the Faraday Lecture Theatre.
Assistance dogs are welcome, and the venue will provide water.
You can find out more about The IET's accessibility provisions on their website, including a link to download the full Savoy Place accessibility booklet, which includes information about lift and corridor dimensions.
If you have particular accessibility questions that are not answered here, please email us and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Oh, no! I bought a ticket and now I can't come!
If you find that you can't come to ALD Live! and would like a refund, please request one through Eventbrite before 4 October. We will only be able to issue a refund after 4 October if there is a waiting list.
If would like your ticket price to become a donation instead, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can release your ticket to someone else. And thank you very much for the donation - we are run on a shoestring and every little helps!
Refunds will not be given after Sunday 9 October, 11.59pm.