The IET, London, 9 October 2018

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Ada Lovelace Day is an annual celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering & maths


Ada Lovelace Day Live! is our flagship ‘science cabaret’ event which this year will be held at The IET on the evening of Tuesday 9 October. Playing host to the UK’s most fabulous women in STEM, ALD Live! is an entertaining evening of geekery suitable for everyone over the age of 12. If you’d like to enjoy a taster, take a look at our videos from 2017, 201620152014 and 2013!

Our awesome speakers are:

  • Prof Sunetra Gupta, epidemiologist

  • Chanuki Seresinhe, computer scientist

  • Dr Susie Maidment, palaeontologist

  • Dr Hilary Costello, engineer

  • Prof Emma McCoy, mathematician

  • Dr Diva Amon, marine scientist

  • Natasha Simons, science demo builder

Our compère will be geek songstress and one third of Festival of the Spoken Nerd, Helen Arney!

You can find out more about our fabulous speakers on our website!

Lobby doors open at 6.30pm, auditorium doors open at 7.00pm, the performance will begin at 7.30pm and will run until approximately 9.30pm. There will be book stall and book signings prior to the performance, and the bar will be sponsored by Shopify, so come early to make sure you don't miss out!


Ticket prices are:

  • Early Bird: £10, available until midnight, 11 September
  • General Entry: £20, available until midnight, 7 October
  • Concession: £5, available until midnight, 7 October
  • On the door: £25, available until just before the performance starts at 7.30pm

If there are any seats still available when online ticket sales close, you will be able to buy them on the door. Please follow us on Twitter, @findingada, for that announcement.

If you buy a ticket but then cannot attend, please make sure that you cancel your ticket on Eventbrite so that we can refund you and offer your ticket to someone else, as demand for places is always high.

With thanks to our sponsors

We would like to thank The IET for being our venue partner for 2018, as well as ShopifyClarivate AnalyticsDigital ScienceF HindsSchoolDashUCL Engineering, Valerie Polichar, Present Indicative and Meromorf Press for their support. Special thanks to Atkins for sponsoring this year's free tickets for school groups from across the London region.

We still have a number of sponsorship options available for both this event and our website for companies or philanthropists who would like to support our work. Please take a look at our sponsorship prospectus for more information.

Support us

If you'd like to become a regular supporter, please take a look at our Patreon project where you can donate a monthly sum from $1 (66p).

We also have a shop where you can buy books, posters, prints, cards and notebooks


Can I bring my children?

Ada Lovelace Day Live! is suitable for children aged 12 or over.

I'm not a woman. Can I come?

Absolutely! All our speakers on stage are women, but the audience is mixed. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Will you finish spot on 9.30pm?

Probably not, no. We try our hardest, but sometimes performers get swept up in the moment and overrun.

How do I get to The IET?

The IET has comprehensive travel information on its website.

Is the venue accessible?

Yes, and The IET has information about accessibility on its website. If you have particular accessibility questions that are not answered here, please email us and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Oh, no! I bought a ticket and now I can't come!

If you find that you can't come to ALD Live! and would like a refund, please request one through Eventbrite before 2 October. We will only be able to issue a refund after 2 October if there is a waiting list.

If would like your ticket price to become a donation instead, please email us at so that we can release your ticket to someone else. And thank you very much for the donation - we are run on a shoestring and every little helps!

Suw Charman-Anderson

Founder, Ada Lovelace Day

Founder of Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. Each year, ALD hosts flagship science cabaret event in London, whilst around the world independent groups put on their own events.