Professor Yvonne Rogers awarded the Suffrage Science award!

Professor Yvonne Rogers has been chosen to receive a prestigious award celebrating the achievements of women in STEM. She was honoured at the third Suffrage Science Awards for Mathematics and Computing online celebration on Friday 6 November 2020.

Over one hundred years after the first women in Britain got the vote, women still make up only 24% of those working in core science, technology, engineering and mathematics occupations in the UK. Recent data has revealed that women make up just 13% of students studying computer science or related university courses in the UK. The Suffrage Science awards scheme, curated by the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences, celebrates women in STEM subjects, and encourage others to enter scientific fields and reach senior leadership roles.

Professor Julie McCann of Imperial College London, nominated Professor Rogers. Professor McCann said:

"Yvonne is not only a top computer scientist with a background mix of CS and Psychology with a significant number of awards, publications (over 250 papers and her book Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction has sold more than 150,000 copies worldwide) she leads the University College London Interaction Centre at UCL. I worked with her when we both PI'ed the ICRI in Urban IoT for Intel and learned so much about my own subject from her regarding the user and human aspects of sensing systems and how they are or should be used. This incentivised me to start to explore the more ethical sides of my work (privacy etc.). She is super influential internationally but what I'm impressed by is that she thinks differently and brings new questions to the subject- she makes one think. She is a champion for more women into computing and has guided many computer scientists to their own successes."

See more information about the award and how the jewellery items (see brooch and bangle below) were designed.

Suffrage Science award jewellery