Date: Tuesday 10 October 2017
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT AUTISM
Please join us for this very special Women in Science Lunch hosted by Lady Rosa Lipworth. Our theme for this year is Autism and we are delighted to be joined by two inspiring speakers with different perspectives on the subject, Professor Tali Kimchi from the Department of Neurobiology at the Weizmann Institute of Science and Dame Stephanie Shirley, IT Entrepreneur & Philanthropist.
Tickets for this event are £150 (£50 tickets and £100 suggested donation)
All proceeds from this event will be directed to the Weizmann Institute's Women in Science Fund.
More about our speakers:
Professor Tali Kimchi is an expert in animal behavioural studies and is fascinated by the way the brain controls innate social and reproductive behaviours. Her research focuses on understanding the mechanisms controlling parental behaviour, sexual behaviour, and aggression in male and female mouse models.
She also seeks to unveil the mechanisms involved in mental disorders that are believed to be related to an individual’s gender – specifically autism spectrum disorders - which are four times more likely to affect males than females. She seeks to understand how the brain controls social behaviour to advance the search for a treatment for social-related mental disorders such as autism.
Professor Kimchi studied at Tel Aviv University, completed her postdoctoral studies and Harvard and joined the Weizmann Institute in 2008. Her recent academic and professional honours include the Teva Prize in Biomedical Research (2016) and a Kavli Fellowship of the American-Israel Academy of Science (2013).
Dame Stephanie Shirley arrived in Britain as an unaccompanied Kindertransport refugee in 1939. She studied at evening classes for her degree in mathematics and found her métier in the early computing industry.
In 1962, Steve (as she called herself) founded a computer software house staffed predominantly by women, until Equal Opportunities legislation made such positive discrimination illegal. The company eventually succeeded, and as a plc employed 8,500 staff – both male and female. It was ultimately valued at $3 billion and made millionaires of 70 of her team. Post-retirement she has focused on philanthropy particularly around IT and her late son’s disorder of autism.
She was the first woman President of the British Computer Society; co-founded the Oxford Internet Institute; and founded several autism charities including the medical research charity Autistica.
In 2015, the Science Council named her as one of the UK’s top practising scientists; and Cambridge University awarded her an Honorary Doctorate of Science earlier this year.
More about the Weizmann Institute's Women in Science Fund:
Increasing the number of women working in Science, both at the Weizmann Institute itself and more widely across Israel is a major priority. The Weizmann Institute strongly believes that postdoctoral training abroad is vital for the careers of all Israeli scientists. However, there is a tendency for Israeli women graduates to miss out on this crucial part of their career development for financial and family reasons. This is precisely the stage where many women decide to abandon their academic careers, largely because it tends to coincide with the years when they are beginning to raise a family. Since 2007, the Weizmann Institute has been offering women PhD graduates fellowships for postdoctoral studies abroad. The aim is that these women will go on to attain faculty positions in Israel.
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