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Women in Science: Walk on 15 March

March 12, 2013

Fri 15 Mar: Women in Science Then

Focussing on women scientists from Manchester’s history such as Marie Stopes, Kathleen Drew Baker, Margaret Murray and Lydia Becker. This event will begin at Manchester Museum where there will be a chance to see museum objects linked with these women. Jean Balio, from Manchester Guided Tours, will then lead a walking tour linking women scientists, finishing at John Rylands Library.

1-2.30pm, Free

Book on 0161 275 2648 or museum@machester.ac.uk, adults

Dr Kathleen Drew Baker studied and worked in the botany department of Manchester University. Her work on edible seaweed porphyria umbilicalis, found on the North Wales coastline, enabled Japanese scientists to build on her work and develop

artificial seeding techniques, which helped save the Nori seaweed industry. Manchester Museum has samples of her North Wales seaweed and at MOSI you can see her microscopes that she worked on in the Manchester Science Gallery.

The event on 15 March follows on from the Women in Science: Now event on 8 March. In many countries women are given flowers on International Women’s day, so the event started with organiser Ceri Harrop from Faculty of Life Sciences’ Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell-Matrix Research presenting daffodils to speakers Professor Cay Kielty, Dr Rachel Lennon and Dr Sarah Woolner. You can hear interviews with Cay, Rachel and Sarah on the Faculty of Life Science podcast – episode 10 http://lifesciencespodcast.com/

In the run-up to 2018, Wonder Women: Radical Manchester will run a programme of events that coincides with International Women’s Day and other important milestones. In 2013, there are over 20 organisations taking part, with 45 events spread over four weeks – from Sunday 3 March until Thursday 4 April.

Full listings of Wonder Women: Radical Manchester event:

http://www.creativetourist.com/wonderwomen/

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