On Monday 25th November 2013, the LMB will be hosting a Women in Science Wikipedia Edit-a-thon – the latest in a series of such events to celebrate the MRC’s Centenary.
The event is based on the Edit-a-thon held in 2012 on Ada Lovelace Day, a day which celebrates the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The original Edit-a-thon was set up to help increase the number of Wikipedia entries for women who have made significant contributions in STEM and to increase the number of female Wikipedia editors – only 8.5% of editors are female!
The LMB event, in collaboration with the Royal Society, Wikimedia UK and Cambridge AWiSE, aims not only to train up future Wikipedia editors and improve articles about MRC-funded and other female scientists, but also to provide a forum for discussion on women’s experiences in science and how under-representation can be tackled in the future.
The day will comprise two parts: an Edit-a-thon workshop for 20 participants and a panel discussion for up to 200 people, led by Mariann Bienz FRS from the LMB and Nicola Hannam from the Science Council.
Attendance is free, but booking through EventBrite is essential – see below. The event is open to people who are new to Wikipedia as well as experienced Wikipedia editors.
Any editors who would like to join in remotely should register online at the Wikipedia event page below and can communicate with the LMB editors via Twitter: @wikimediauk, #WISWIKI.