WORAN Land Lecture

What is the Land Lecture?

WORAN held its first Annual Networking Event in 2019, just prior to the pandemic. The event has now been renamed the WORAN Land Lecture, in honour of Professor Ailsa Land, pioneer of branch-and-bound and computational OR, role model and mentor.

The date of the Land Lecture is Ada Lovelace Day, a day founded to celebrate the achievements of women in STEM.


Meet our 2022 Speaker:

Professor Carole Mundell



Carole Mundell was the UK’s first ever Chief International Science Envoy, and the first female Chief Scientific Adviser at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She was named FDM ‘Everywoman in Technology Woman of the Year’ in 2016. She has been active in campaigning and whistleblowing about sexual harassment in higher education.

Carole is currently Professor of Extra-Galactic Astronomy and founding Head of Astrophysics at the University of Bath, and President of the Science Council, the grouping of scientific learned societies of which the ORS is a member.  

We are delighted to welcome Carole as our guest at this, the most important event in the WORAN year. 


What to expect

The event will take the form of a ‘fireside chat’. Prof Sally Brailsford will be exploring Carole’s views and experiences on issues such as forging a career in a male-dominated discipline, the contrast in culture and working conditions between academia, government and elsewhere, and how we respond to bullying, harassment or discrimination in the workplace; and encouraging the audience to do likewise.

The discussion will be followed by break-out groups to follow up on the themes raised, and enable further networking.

In the interests of maximising inclusion and accessibility, we will be holding this event online.

Everyone is welcome

Everyone is welcome regardless of gender. Whilst the event is primarily for women in OR, we welcome everyone to join us and support the ORS Women in OR and Analytics Network!

The best solution to one gender imbalance may not come from a forum which creates a different gender imbalance. By including male perspectives and experiences, the conversation is widened, builds awareness and create allies.

Find out more about WORAN:

WORAN Special Interest Group page