Wikipedia:WikiProject Women's History/The Royal Society of Edinburgh 2013

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Royal Society Women in Science editathon, Friday 11 October 2013 in London
(See here for background information).

Wikimedia UK and the MRC, supported by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, are organising a Women in Science themed editing event on Tuesday 3 December 2013 in Edinburgh to celebrate Women in Science. We would like to create or add to the Wikipedia pages of female scientists (who tend to be under-represented on Wikipedia), and attract more female editors to the project. The panel discussion will also serve as a forum on women's experiences in science and diversity in the workforce more generally.

  • Date: Tuesday 3 December 2013; in two parts - editathon runs 13:15-18:00, panel discussion 18:30-21:00
  • Venue: [1], The Royal Society Of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ
  • Book: HERE - there are 20 places for the editathon, and 80 for the panel discussion.
  • Cost: Free
  • Twitter hashtag: #WISWIKI
  • Resources to edit: see below
  • Participants: The editing session is 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: here!


Editathon - in Wellcome West Room

  • 13.15 – Lunch for editors
  • 13.45 – Introductions, Mel Nunn, Head of Equalities MRC
  • 14.00 – Guidance on how to edit Wikipedia
  • 15.00-18.00 – Edit a thon, including refreshment breaks

Talks and panel discussion - in Lecture Theatre

  • 18.30 – Reception with drinks and canapés
  • 19.00 - Introduction and welcome by Professor Alan Alexander, General Secretary, Royal Society of Edinburgh and Mel Nunn, Head of Equalities MRC
  • 19.15 – Screening of “A Chemical Imbalance”
  • 19.30 – Talks by Professor Polly Arnold, Professor Sally Macintyre and Professor Lesley Yellowlees, followed by Panel discussion
  • 21.00 – Finish

At the workshop, representatives from Wikimedia UK will explain how Wikipedia works and answer questions about editing and improving Wikipedia articles. There will be access to collections and staff will be on hand to introduce the resources and provide guidance on finding information.

The day will begin with a tutorial on how to edit Wikipedia, and the attendees will be able to put this into practice after the panel discussion session, creating and editing articles.

After the editathon, there will be talks and a panel discussion open to a wider audience focusing 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 will be open to anyone who registers whether or not they attend the editathon.

Edinburgh participants[edit]

95% female, all new editors apart from one who had limited background experience.

  1. User:ScienceForScotland
  2. User:GeologyGem
  3. User:Heather.koe
  4. User:Neoxandria
  5. User:Biogeomorph
  6. User:Vasi76
  7. User:PDocherty0808
  8. User:CT Microbiol
  9. User:Sarahtouati
  10. User:Partridge18
  11. User:LillyLyle
  12. User:Catherine Booth
  13. User:Jovigeo
  14. User:Sarahkeerkeer
  15. User:ACPawsey
  16. User:AmyL2792
  17. User:AK chemist
  18. User:Cam pam12
  19. User:Hazellambert
  20. User:Ojupiter
  21. User:GginGoat - joined us later

Online participation[edit]

We welcome participants to communicate with us online:

  • Twitter hashtag: #WISWIKI
    • @wikimediauk
  • IRC: #wikimedia-uk

Online participants[edit]

  1. please add your username here

Topics for the editathon[edit]

LMB alumni
Female Royal Society of Edinburgh fellows

Please follow the link below to access the lists.

Articles created or expanded[edit]

please add here

Created articles[edit]
Expanded articles[edit]


All of these will be accessible for people joining us in person - some also for online participants.

  • We will be able to access the NLS licensed digital collections (you can register beforehand on if you are a Scottish resident)
  • MRC digital resources will be accessible on the day on discs
  • 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
  • Some archives of the Royal Society of Edinburgh


  • The organisers access is at ??
  • There will be wifi provided.
  • There will be a flip chart projector and screen in the room.

Below is the list of trainers who will be present on the day.


Further information[edit]

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