230th Anniversary of the Linnean Society: A Celebration of our First Female Fellows

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
Organiser: events@linnean.org
+44 (0)20 7434 4479 EXT 211

DAY MEETING 10:30–17:00 Wednesday 21 March 2018

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Just over 100 years ago the Society admitted 15 ground-breaking Fellows—all women. To coincide with our 230th anniversary, we think it is high time that these first female Fellows, and their contributions, were celebrated. We will look at these women in detail, while also exploring issues facing women today like imposter syndrome and the work/life balance of women in the field. Short talks, discussions and activities will address these issues and encourage solutions; Dr Sandy Knapp, our President-Elect (only the third female President in the Society’s history), will chair the sessions.

The event will conclude with cocktails inspired by these outstanding first female Fellows. 


Professor Athene Donald DBE FRS (keynote)
Dr Erica McAlister

Dr Maria Vorontsova FLS

Rich Boden
Dr Rich Boden FLS
Dr Emily Grossman

  • The full programme and abstracts can be downloaded here.
  • Registration includes lunch, refreshments and a cocktail reception. 

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