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Royal Society/Medical Research Council/Wikimedia UK women in science edit-a-thon

Event Details

Building on the highly successful group 'Edit-a-thon' that the Royal Society and Wikimedia UK ran as part of Ada Lovelace Day to improve Wikipedia articles about women in science in October 2012, as part of its Centenary, the Medical Research Council has joined forces with the Royal Society and Wikimedia UK to present a series of edit-a-thons through 2013.

At the workshops representatives from Wikimedia UK will explain how Wikipedia works and be on hand to answer questions about editing and improving Wikipedia articles.

We will have access to a rich collection of printed and electronic works about women in science, including biographies and works authored by scientists; together with target articles to edit on Wikipedia. Attendees will be encouraged to work together to edit those articles, using the location's resources.

We will also have a panel discussion led by eminent female scientists on women's experiences in science, and diversity in the scientific workforce more generally, together with how underrepresentation can be tackled in the future.


Conference room:

13.15                Lunch for editors

13:45                Introductions

14:00                Guidance on how to edit Wikipedia

15:00-18:00       Edit-a-thon, including refreshment breaks

Dining Room:

18:15                Reception

19:00 – 20:30    Talk/panel discussion, including Professor Uta Frith and Professor Tom Welton

Attending this event

The events are free to attend and open to people who are new to Wikipedia and experienced Wikipedia editors. Female editors are particularly encouraged to attend.

Please bring your own laptop if you have one.

If you'd like to take part remotely then please join us on Twitter at: #WISWIKI

To book a place for the edit-a-thon or the panel discussion please visit:

For details on the edit-a-thon and potential topics please visit:'s_History/The_Royal_Society_2013