Inspiring and sharing

  • Public engagement and outreach activities (more activities in Press and media):

  • Residency at the Houses of Parliament during one week in November 2009, under the framework of the Royal Society Member of Parliament-Scientist Pairing Scheme. Awarded to some of the best research scientists in the UK (as The Royal Society establishes) to promote the importance of Science in government policies and bring scientists’ expertise to the Houses of Parliament. I liaised with different government agencies and sat in parliamentary select committees related to science and technology. From October 2009 to May 2010.

  • Panelist. Panel around the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal of Reduce Inequality within and among Countries at Cheltenham Science Festival 2021. Event hosted by Science Communicator Greg Foot. 12th June, 2021. More information in the following link. The video is available here.

  • Recital. "The boundaries of jazz". Manchester Jazz Society. Manchester, United Kingdom, 10th February 2021.

  • Speaker. “Morphogenius” on Turing’s morphogenesis, the pillars of computational thinking and my own journey in computer science since I started building robots and programming (at 11 years old). 5th Extremadura Science Festival. STEAM school. Cáceres, Spain. 15th June, 2019.

  • Panelist. Debate “Academic experiences of working with Parliament and Parliamentarians” within the event “Engaging with Select Committees and Members of Parliament”. Manchester Museum, Manchester, UK. 9th May, 2018.

  • Panelist. Post-show panel discussion in the interactive show “Ada.Ada.Ada” dedicated to Ada Lovelace, creator of the world’s first computer programme circa 1843. Panel about women in STEM. Part of the Manchester Science Festival. The Lowry Theatre, Manchester, UK. 30th October, 2015.

  • Panelist in the debate “What is doing research in computer science?”. Encuentro Nacional de Ciencias de la Computación, ENC2015 (Mexican National Congress of Computer Science),, Ensenada, Baja California, México. 7th October, 2015.

  • Interview by Google within the series “CS on Air – Women in Engineering” to encourage women into science and engineering, with more than 2,378 views. 12th March, 2013. Google rarely interviews people outside the organisation.

  • Contributor to the exhibition “Alan Turing and Life’s Enigma” in the Manchester Museum about Alan Turing’s morphogenesis. From 24th March to 18th November 2012. Part of the Manchester Science Festival.

  • Panelist in the debate “Alan Turing: Science and Sexuality” in the Manchester Museum, part of the Manchester Pride Festival. 22nd August, 2012.

  • Work with the Black British Academics Community Interest Company linked to the articles:

        • “Urgently seeking: black women computer scientists” by Deborah Gabriel. Black British Academics for Equality in Higher Education, 8th July, 2013.

        • “ACM-Women Europe Conference: History in the Making”. Black British Academics for Equality in Higher Education, 7th March, 2014.

  • Other inspirational activities:

  • Champion of equality, inclusion and diversity as the Chair of the new Athena Swan Task Force Group within the School of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Wolverhampton. Since 2020.

  • Member of Technolatinas, a recently-formed community to bring together technologists and scientists from Latin America and all around the world to support each other and advocate for equality, diversity and inclusion. Since 2020.

  • Member of the BCS Women in Computing Research committee of the BCS Academy of Computing. This committee is formed by prominent researchers in computing and aims to promote women in computing research. Since 2015.

  • Chair of the gender balance committee at the European COST Action IC1404 “Multi-Paradigm Modelling for Cyber-Physical Systems” (MPM4CPS). Funded by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Association, European Commission. 2014-2019.

  • Coordinator and keeper of history of Computer Science. In this role, I was the driving force behind the freshly revamped history webpage of the School of Computer Science in Manchester, which received excellent feedback and praise from the University Historian & Heritage Manager, amongst others. I also contributed to several conferences and exhibitions. 2012–2016.

  • Manchester Jazz Society life member, steering committee and chief technical officer.

  • Academic champion in equality, diversity and inclusion, and coordinator of the School of Computer Science of the WiSET network (Women in Science, Engineering and Technology) within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences of The University of Manchester. 2012-2016. My strong commitment to supporting women in science and engineering helped earn the School the Athena SWAN Bronze Award in 2014.

  • Inspirational talk "Equal, however, less... don't be afraid to make the difference" to encourage female undergraduates and postgraduates to develop their careers in science, engineering and technology, by invitation from the WiSET network (Women in Science, Engineering and Technology). 29th April, 2009. Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, The University of Manchester.

  • Participation in "Do you hear what I hear? A communications workshop". Manchester Beacon Summit 2010. The Contact Theatre, Manchester, UK. 11th November, 2010.

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