London Hopper is an event for academic researchers across the UK who are building a career in computing.

About the event

UCL and BCS Academy will be presenting the 16th London Hopper Colloquium on Tuesday 30th May 2023. London Hopper is for academic researchers across the UK who are building a career in computing. Featuring women speakers talking about their research, a spotlight competition open to postgraduate students, and opportunities to network with other new researchers in computing, this year’s event will be held at the UCL AI Centre in Holborn, London.  We will hear from women about their work on innovations that will change the world, fact checking, verification, and natural language generation.

Spotlight Competition Eligibility: Women* research masters students and PhD students, with a Computer Science focus, enrolled at UK universities.

Audience attendance is open to all.

*Please note that London Hopper uses an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female”, which means all individuals who identify fully or partly as women. We also welcome non-binary people to attend and present, and everyone is welcome to attend as an audience member.

Research Spotlight competition 

The Research Spotlight competition focuses on female research Masters  and PhD students, providing them with a friendly forum for communicating the essence of their work. This will be via 3-5 minutes (depending on the number of accepted submissions) presentations. Presentation topics may be from any research area within the field of computing, and may encompass interdisciplinary studies connected to computing. There will be 10-12 spotlight presentations, split between two thirty-minute sessions. Prizes will be awarded for the best research spotlight presentations and each entrant will also receive a prize.

If you would like to apply for the research spotlight competition, please first register for London Hopper 2023. You will receive an Eventbrite confirmation email, containing a link to a form to submit your abstract.

Submission deadline is midnight 10th May 2023.

If you have any questions about the event, please email us:


  • 09:30 - 10:00: Arrival, Coffee and Registration
  • 10:00 - 10:05: Welcome from the Organizing Committee (Ahmed, Fraca Santamaria, Pimentel, Sadrzadeh)
  • 10:05 - 10:10: Welcome from Louise Brown (BCS Women and Nottingham)
  • 10:10 - 10:15: London Hopper History (Caroline Wardle, UCL)
  • 10:15 - 10:45: First Speaker: Marianna Obrist (HCI, UCL and co-founder of OWidgets LTD) and a novel scent-delivery technology
  • 10:45 - 11:15: Second Speaker: Nadia Barthouze (UCLIC, UCL) discussing body posture and movement as a modality for recognising, modulating and measuring human affective states in HCI
  • 11:15 - 11:30: Coffee Break
  • 11:30 - 12:30: Research Spotlight Presentations
  • 12:30 - 13:45: Lunch break (Participants vote and judges meet privately to choose the Spotlight winners)
  • 13:45 - 14:15: Third Speaker: Maria A Schett (Google) and Project Oak: Proving Privacy to Users With Enclaves
  • 14:15 - 14:45: Fourth Speaker: Maria Conte-Real (UCL, Winner of Hopper's Spotlight 2021)
  • 14:45 - 15:00: Coffee Break
  • 15:00 - 15:30: Fifth Speaker: Elaine Chew, Operations Researcher and pianist. Professor of Engineering at King's College London
  • 15:30 - 16:00: Spotlight Prize Presentation


The following three prizes will be awarded:

Speaker prize (chosen by the judges):

  • £150
  • Invitation to be a speaker in the following year's London Hopper.
  • 1-year membership of BCS

Runner up Prize (chosen by the judges)

  • £150

People's Choice Prize (chosen by popular vote of the attendees)

  • £150

Finalist Prizes: The following finalist prize* will be given to each finalist who makes a presentation but who does not win one of the 3 speaker prizes.

  • £30

Photography and Filming Notice

Please note that the event will be recorded. This media may be used by UCL for marketing and publicity in our publications, on our website and in social media or in any third party publication. Please contact the event organisers at: if you have any concerns or if you wish to be exempted from this activity. Please also make yourself known to event staff when you arrive at the event.

This event is brought to you by: BCS Academy and UCL

London Hopper Colloquium 2023
Date and time
Tuesday 30 May, 9:30am - 4:00pm
90 High Holborn

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