Ada Lovelace Day – Blogging Dr Josephine Stein

October 16, 2012

Dr Josephine Anne Stein

Josephine Anne Stein

Josephine Stein is an independent researcher working and living in London. Formerly she was the Principal Research Fellow in Innovation Studies at the University of East London. Her main research interests are concerned with the interplay between science, technology and democracy, including global knowledge dynamics; science, international relations and security; expert-lay interactions in S&T-related civic affairs; computer ethics; and sustainable technological innovation. She holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, where she was also a Departmental Instructor. Other experience includes working as a cryogenic/aerospace engineer designing cooling systems for spaceborne sensors at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, and working at the General Atomic Company in San Diego on nuclear power engineering/design. Her career in S&T policy analysis has included working for the US Congress, with the European Commission, at the Royal Society and in academia, and she has provided consultancy for the OECD and various national and international S&T organisations. She has directed numerous studies for the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) and the National Science Foundation (USA). She has lectured, given academic talks and briefings to policymakers in sixteen countries, and has published in half a dozen languages. She has written, co-edited or contributed to fifteen books and has published numerous reports, academic and conference papers and shorter works for the popular press. She was the guest editor of the December 2002 issue of Science and Public Policy on “Globalisation, science, technology and policy” and is the European Editor of World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development.

Selected publications

J.A. Stein and A. Ahmed, Global Partnerships in Science and Technology: The European Union as a model of international cooperation, in “Global Partnership for Sustainable Development: The Role of Academic Institutions and Societies in Achieving the Millennium Development Goals”, A. Ahmed and D. Newton, Editors, Emerald, Bradford, UK, pp. 73-84, ISBN 0-903622-99-8, 2005.

J.A. Stein, “Is there a European Knowledge System?”, in S. Borrás (editor), special issue of “Science and Public Policy”on a European System of Innovation, Vol. 31, No. 6, pages 435-447, December 2004.

A. Ahmed and J.A. Stein, “Science, Technology and Sustainable Development: A world review”, World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 5-24, June 2004

J.A. Stein, Science, technology and European foreign policy: European integration, global interaction, in J.A. Stein (editor), special issue of “Science and Public Policy”on Globalisation, science, technology and policy, Vol. 29, No. 6, pp 463-477, December 2002.

J.A. Stein, Openness in Scientific Advisory Committees, (also published in French, German and Spanish), “The IPTS Report”, The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, European Commission Joint Research Centre, Sevilla, Spain, Vol. 39, November 1999.
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Take part in the UKRC for Women in SET’s Survey

December 9, 2010

Can you name a woman engineer?
Fill in our three minute questionnaire – for anyone, engineers and non-engineers alike.
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Please support the European Campaign to End FGM

December 2, 2010

Sign a rose petal Petition – Amnesty International – End Female Genital Mutilation European Campaign

UEL joins the Athena Swan Charter!

November 29, 2010
UEL is currently mentioned in the top news story here. UEL supports the Athena Swan Charter for women in SET. Professor Cornelia Boldyreff of the School of Computing, IT and Engineering is the UEL designated charter contact. She will be responsible to promote and implement the Charter principles throughout UEL. To get involved, contact her on .

Ada Lovelace Video

March 26, 2010

Margaret Ross kindly sent me a great link to a short video biography of Ada Lovelace at the link below.

Ada Lovelace Day – blogging Margaret Ross

March 25, 2010

Prof Margaret Ross is Professor of Software Quality at Southampton Solent University. Margaret was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2004 by Staffordshire University. She is also a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Engineers. She is a Fellow of the BCS and actively engaged in many BCS activities from being a nationally elected member of the BCS Council, Chair of the Hampshire Branch, Vice Chair and Secretary of the BCS national Quality Specialist Group, member of the BCS Ethics Expert Panel, the TickIT Committee and the BCSWomen Committee. Finally, she was also appointed an MBE for her services to higher education as professor of software quality at Southampton Solent University in June 2008.

She is also conference director for two up-coming conferences on quality at the end of March 2010: International SQM and INSPIRE.

Ada Lovelace Cartoon

July 13, 2009

The link below is to a cartoon featuring Ada Lovelace. Thanks to Karen Petrie for pointing this out!

Women and Informatics – paper in Italics

July 1, 2009

The June 2009 issue of the e-journal, Italics, has a paper by Emanuela Boschetto and Agostino Cortesi (Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia) on “Women and Informatics: The Ada Web Portal” describing their work to recruit more women into informatics. The link is tagged below.

Women and ICT – Why are girls still not attracted to ICT studies and careers?

June 28, 2009

A new White paper, “Women and ICT – Why are girls still not attracted to ICT studies and careers? “, A. Gras-Velazquez, A. Joyce & M. Debry, June 2009, has been published. Countries studied include the UK.
To down load follow the link tagged below from Ade de Groot’s blog. My thanks to Karl Beecher for bringing this to my attention.

My Ada Lovelace Day Contribution on Professor Pearl Brereton

March 23, 2009

Please note this is a work in progress!
Pearl is a Professor of Software Engineering in the School of Computing and Mathematics at the University of Keele. I worked with her on the JISC/JTAP CSSEC project where we investigated developing a Virtual Community for Student Groupwork from 1996-1998. It was a truly collaborative project involving staff and students from the University of Durham, University of Keele and UMIST. A key paper describing this project is as follows:
O. P. Brereton, S. Lees, R. Bedson, C. Boldyreff, S. Drummond, P. J. Layzell, L.A.Macaulay, and R. Young “Student Group Working Across Universities: A Case Study in Software Engineering” IEEE Transactions on Education special section on Software Engineering Education and Training, November 2000, Volume 43, Number 04.

Her current profile on-line can be found at the tag below.