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Royal Society Women in Science editathon, Friday 11 October 2013 in London

For the event on 4 March 2014, see here

Wikimedia UK, MRC and the Royal Society organised a Women in Science themed editing event on Friday 11 October 2013 in London to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day.

  • Date: Friday 11 October 2013; in two parts - editathon runs 13.15-18.00; panel 18.30-20.30.
  • Venue: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG
  • Booking: Was captured here
  • Cost: Free
  • Twitter hashtag: #WISWIKI
  • Resources to edit: see below
  • Participants: The editing session was for Wikipedia newcomers to learn how to edit or anyone wanting to contribute. Female editors particularly encouraged to attend. Panel open to anyone interested in Women in Science topic.
  • Photos from the day: see here. Some from the Royal Society can be seen here


Conference room:

  • 13.15 – Lunch for editors
  • 13.45 – Introductions, presentation of the Wikimedian of the Year award for the Royal Society
  • 14.00 – Guidance on how to edit Wikipedia
  • 15.00-18.00 Editathon, including refreshment breaks
  • 18:00-18:30 - break, with an opportunity to see the ‘Scientists’ exhibition at the Royal Society

Dining Hall:

  • 18.15 reception
  • 19.00-20.30 talks and discussion with Professor Uta Frith and Professor Tom Welton, Head of Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London and Athena SWAN Gold award holder. We opened by summing up the achievements of the editathon (Mel Nunn and Edward Hands), and move onto the talks about Women in Science.

At the workshop, representatives from Wikimedia UK explained how Wikipedia works and answer questions about editing and improving Wikipedia articles. There was access to the Royal Society's printed and online collections and staff were on hand to introduce the resources and provide guidance on finding information.

The day began with a tutorial on how to edit Wikipedia, and the attendees were able to put this into practice straight afterwards, creating and editing articles.

In the evening, we had talks and a panel discussion, on women's experiences in science, diversity in the scientific workforce more generally, together with how under-representation can be tackled in the future. This was open to anyone who registers whether or not they attended the editathon.

London participants

Royal Society Women in Science editathon
  1. Hh242 (talk) 15:04, 11 October 2013 (UTC)
  2. ListeriaGirl (talk) 15:05, 11 October 2013 (UTC)
  3. RGoozee (talk) 15:10, 11 October 2013 (UTC)
  4. ECPalmer (talk) 15:11, 11 October 2013 (UTC)
  5. Unboundadophis (talk) 15:05, 11 October 2013 (UTC)
  6. Swaybetween (talk) 15:11, 11 October 2013 (UTC)
  7. Deeds2013 (talk) 16:28, 11 October 2013 (UTC)
  8. Cynaptic (talk) 15:37, 11 October 2013 (UTC)
  9. Thefiddlersdaughter (talk) 15:39, 11 October 2013 (UTC)
  10. Xxscientist (talk) 15:41, 11 October 2013 (UTC)
  11. Polymathine (talk) 15:47, 11 October 2013 (UTC)
  12. ChrCc (talk) 16:48, 11 October 2013 (UTC)
  13. Clairsnooze (talk) 15:50, 11 October 2013 (UTC)
  14. MelNunnMRC (talk) 16:58, 11 October 2013 (UTC)
  15. Bextaramas (talk) 16:05, 11 October 2013 (UTC)
  16. Goldenthanh (talk) 16:06, 11 October 2013 (UTC)
  17. Uta frith (talk) 16:07, 11 October 2013 (UTC)
  18. Cedwig (talk) 16:08, 11 October 2013 (UTC)
  19. CathyBeveridge (talk) 17:10, 11 October 2013 (UTC)
  20. BirdSM (talk)

Online participation

We welcomed participants to communicate with us online:

  • Twitter hashtag: #WomenSciWP
    • @wikimediauk, @royalsociety
  • IRC: #wikimedia-uk
  • We have been granted free open online access to the Royal Society's biographical memoirs and all of the journals for 24 hours on 11th October (midnight to midnight BST) available to anyone at all - (Terms and conditions will still apply [1], in particular section 6 on prohibited use).
  • MRC has created a guide on how to search for biographical information for this series of events, see here.
  • Useful resources for editing articles about the Royal Society Fellows are here.
  • A general useful resource is the Archives of Women in Science and Engineering at Iowa State University

Online participants

  1. Wadewitz (talk)
  2. Ymblanter (talk)
  3. Andrew Davidson (talk) 16:12, 11 October 2013 (UTC)

Topics for the editathon - suggestions

This is a suggestion list created before the event.

Fellows of the Royal Society

The full list can be found at List of female Fellows of the Royal Society; these are those without articles:

  • Plenty of opportunity for new articles and expansion at List of female Fellows of the Royal Society. As of 6 October 2013, there were 15 Fellows and 3 foreign members without articles. This list is largely the work of KTC, who we were fortunate to have as one of our trainers on the day. After this event, all the female Fellows had Wikipedia articles!

Outcomes - articles edited

  1. Anne Mills
  2. Marian Farquharson
  3. Imre Leader
  4. Gillian Griffiths
  5. Potamkin Prize
  6. Julia Yeomans
  7. Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/Nicola Clayton (professor)
  8. Sir William Dunn School of Pathology
  9. Janet Hemingway - created
  10. Medical Research Council (United Kingdom)
  11. Marjory Stephenson
  12. Mary F. Lyon

Articles created

  1. Elizabeth Robertson
  2. Clare Grey - created
  3. Eleanor Campbell (scientist)
  4. Doreen Cantrell - created
  5. Margaret Buckingham
  6. Maria Grazia Spillantini
  7. Edith Heard - created
  8. Brigitta Stockinger
  9. Francesca Happé
  10. Molly J. Crockett, American neuroscientist
  11. Wendy Ewart, Deputy CEO, MRC
  12. Beate Hermelin, Experimental Psychologist, MRC
  13. Neil O'Connor, Director MRC Developmental Psychology Unit
  14. Francesca Happé, Neuroscientist, MRC
  15. Janet Treasure, Psychiatrist
  16. Sheila Bird, Statistician
  17. Hilda Mary Woods, Statistician


  • Royal Society has opened its online resources for 11th October midnight to midnight BST - no paywall. This was available to everyone, from anywhere in the world - the fact we promoted within the community. Particular journals are here - [2]. T&C still apply (see [3], in particular section 6 on prohibited use), however for one day everyone will be an “authorized user”.
  • Various books and journals available from the Royal Society's library
  • MRC digital resources accessible on the day on discs
  • The Wellcome Library - online resources can be accessed for free if you go to the library and register in person. There was a member of staff from the Wellcome Library to help
    • There were c. 20 pre created accounts that in-person participants can use
  • MRC has created a guide of how to search for biographical information for this series of events see here.
  • Sections of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography


  • The organisers access at 12:45pm.
  • There were 6 spare laptops provided, 8 extension leads, a projector, and wifi.

All were supporting the editathon


  • Royal Society's event page here.
  • The event was covered on BBC Women's Hour on 15 October (the link temporarily at [4]).

In the evening...

During the panel discussion

There were c. 40 people present during the evening part of the event.

Further information

For further information about the programme, please contact or Daria Cybulska at, 0207 065 0994.


Feedback from the event is available here.