The first female president of the Royal Society of Chemistry will be revealing how science has shaped her life and career in the University of Lincoln’s Be Inspired! lecture series.

Professor Lesley J Yellowlees, who was awarded an MBE in 2005 for services to science and a CBE in 2014 for services to chemistry, will deliver her talk ‘What did chemistry ever do for me?’ on 22nd July, 2014.

It is the second free public lecture in the Be Inspired! programme, which will see world-leading female scientists visiting the University to speak about their research.

Professor Yellowlees is the Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh and in 2012 became the first woman President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a post she will hold until July 2014.

She said: “As the first woman president of the Royal Society of Chemistry in its 171-year history I am passionate about inspiring and increasing the numbers of women studying and working in the sciences. It is of great concern that the majority of women with qualifications in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects do not work in STEM areas. The consequence is a serious loss to the economy and to the subject area.

“I have had a very positive experience in Chemistry and try and make it a priority to remember the help and support I was given and to give back. Statistics, observations and recollections will all feature in the presentation.”

Belinda Colston, Professor of Analytical Chemistry in the School of Chemistry at the University of Lincoln, said: “Professor Yellowlees’ visit follows an inaugural lecture by Dr Dawnie Steadman, Director of the Forensic Anthropology Centre at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, US, which saw 180 people attend.

“Professor Yellowlees is a fantastic example of what can be achieved by women in science and she will be sharing her experiences with students and staff in a special seminar during her time at the University.”

Professor Yellowlees’ lecture will take place at 5.30pm on Tuesday, 22nd July in the EMMTEC on the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Campus.

Admission is free but attendees should register in advance. To book a place call the University of Lincoln Events Office on 01522 837100, e-mail or visit the website