Event date: Friday 8 March
Time: 18:00-19:15
Location: G.03, 50 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JY

This year’s International Women’s Day Lecture, titled 50 Ways, will be delivered by Amina Shah, National Librarian and Chief Executive of the National Library of Scotland.

Amina contemplates her fifty years on the planet through stories of women who have inspired her, and wonders what challenges women will meet and overcome in the next half century.

This event is presented by the University of Edinburgh, in association with the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and GENDER.ED. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

This is a free event, which means we overbook to allow for no-shows and to avoid empty seats. While we generally do not have to turn people away, this does mean we cannot guarantee everyone a place. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 17:45, for an 18:00 start. Free tickets can be booked here.

Speaker Biography

Amina Shah FRSE is the National Librarian and Chief Executive of the National Library of Scotland. She has more than 25 years of experience across the cultural sector in Scotland, spanning the public sector, third-sector charities and higher education. She was a previous CEO of the Scottish Library and Information Council and Director of Programme at the Scottish Book Trust, and President of the Chartered Institute of Library and Informational Professionals in Scotland. She is a member of Court at the University of Dundee, a Visiting Professor at the School of Cultural and Creative Business at Robert Gordon University, and a member of the Advisory Boards of the British Library and Common Purpose UK. She has a strong interest in the role education, culture and inclusion play in empowering individuals and communities and how organisations can work collaboratively and creatively to maximise their impact and reach. Amina lives in Wormit in Fife with her partner and four children.


Photo Credit: Royal Society of Edinburgh