Add to Calendar Europe/London DD/MM/YYYY 5/11/2018 18:005/11/2018 22:00Hinton Lecture 2018Prince Philip House, 3 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DG

"You can always tell ambitious women by the shape of our heads – flat on top from being patted."Dame Stephanie Shirley CH DBE FREng

The Academy is delighted to announce that the 2018 flagship Hinton Lecture will be delivered by Dame Stephanie Shirley CH DBE FREng – a ground-breaking advocate of women in STEM, software pioneer and philanthropist.

In 1939, Dame Stephanie came to England as an unaccompanied child refugee on the Kindertransport. Twenty years later, she founded a pioneering software company that initially employed only women, and was ultimately valued at $3 billion.

The lecture will take place at Prince Philip House and will be hosted by the Academy's President, Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS. A Q&A session will follow the talk, and there will then be an opportunity to network with other delegates during a drinks reception.


6.00pm Registration and refreshments
6.30pm Welcome address
Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS, President, Royal Academy of Engineering 
6.35pm Why am I a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering?
Dame Stephanie Shirley CH DBE FREng
7.05pm Question and answer session

Drinks reception

Dame Stephanie will be personally signing copies of her memoir Let IT Go. She asks for a minimum cash donation of £10 which will go straight to the charity Autistica.

8.05pm Dinner (for pre-paid guests only)
8.20pm Drinks reception closes
9.50pm Dinner closes


The charity, founded by Dame Stephanie Shirley CH DBE FREng, campagins and rasises funds for research to improve the understanding and support for mental health, physical health, language and epilepsy in autism. Dame Stephanie's late son, Giles was severly autistic. 


Lecture tickets cost £12.00 each including VAT.

Dinner and lecture tickets cost £66.00 each including VAT. Please note places are limited and available on a first-come first-served basis. You will need to book your tickets in advance of the event.

Students can attend the lecture and drinks reception free of charge. Student places can be secured by contacting  Amy Stratton , Events Manager. Proof of ID will be required on the night.


All cancellation requests must be received in writing via email to the Academy Events Team. A request for cancellation (and refund) will be accepted up to Monday 22 October 2018. Royal Academy of Engineering must make commitments to suppliers at that time and changes will result in additional costs or penalties. If the cancellation request is received after the deadline, we cannot issue a refund.