Wendy recognised as outstanding

21 March 2006  

Wendy Hall Past President of the BCS Professor Wendy Hall has been named as one of six outstanding women in UK science.

She was given the honour on International Women's Day, 8 March, her outstanding achievements working in the fields of science, engineering and technology (SET) in a leadership position.

Hall, professor of computer science at the University of Southampton, is one of two winners in the category 'Scientific Discovery and SET Innovation'.

She has achieved research eminence in computer science in the areas of hypermedia, multimedia and knowledge technologies, and now holds important strategic roles in science and technology education and policy formation.

She is currently senior vice-president of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a member of the Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology, and was recently appointed to the Scientific Council of the new European Research Council.

To celebrate the women’s achievements, a contemporary photographic collection has been launched. Photographs for the collection were taken by Robert Taylor. It was commissioned by the UK Resource Centre for Women in SET (UKRC) who named the six women.

The portrait collection will be exhibited at various public buildings and galleries throughout the UK, including the National Portrait Gallery, Welsh Assembly and Westminster Hall.

'I am really thrilled to have been named among these six outstanding women and be part of the collection,' said Hall. 'It is a tremendous honour for me to be able to represent women's achievements in science and technology in this way, especially on International Women's Day.'

Tessa Jowell MP, Minister of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Minister for Women and Equality said: 'We know that 70 per cent of women with science, engineering and technology qualifications are not working in these professions, so it is particularly appropriate to celebrate those that are making significant contributions. I hope by launching this exhibition on International Women's Day it will not only inspire and encourage more women into SET, helping to create a more equitable and diverse workforce in the UK, but also ensure that women in these fields are included and celebrated as part of our scientific heritage.'