Womens Engineering Society: Inspiring women as engineers, scientists and technical leaders

Current and upcoming WES events

Current and upcoming WES events

Friday 1st July - Sunday 4th September 2016

Amy Johnson Festival

The Amy Johnson Festival aims to raise awareness of Amy Johnson’s achievements as an aviator, as an engineer and as a woman of her time.

It also wants to encourage young women to consider engineering and the sciences as career choices through the presentation of positive role models and creative projects which explore technical, digital or mechanical ideas and applications.

The event includes exhibitions, workshops, performances and much more.

For more information visit the event website at  http://amyjohnsonfestival.co.uk/


Wednesday 31st August 2016

Women in Engineering - Free three-day Career Enhancement Programme

Applications for the Career Enhancement Programme 2016 are now open. Jointly organised by Equate Scotland and City of Glasgow College, the programme is a free three-day course aimed at women working in the engineering sector. Feedback from previous years’ participants has been overwhelmingly positive, so we’re really excited about delivering the programme again to another cohort of female engineers.

The Equate Scotland website has lots more information about the programme, including details about course content and information on some of the benefits that attendance will bring to both employees and employers. 


Tuesday 6th - Thursday 8th September 2016

XII. International Conference on the Theory of Machines and Mechanisms (TMM 2016), Liberec, Czech Republic

The International Conference on the Theory of Machines and Mechanisms will be held in Liberec, Czech Republic from 6 to 8 of September 2016.  It is organized under the auspices of the Czech National Committee IFToMM and Czech Society for Mechanism. The conference, which is held once every four years, continues its long-standing tradition since 1973 to be organized at the Technical University of Liberec in the Czech Republic.

More information

Thursday 15th September 2016

MentorSET Event: Mentoring for Women in the Energy Sector

Supporting Mentoring for Women in the Energy Sector
Sponsored by Alex Chisholm, Permanent Secretary
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Church House, Westminster, London SW1P 3NZ


BEIS are delighted to invite you to an event to raise the profile of the benefits of mentoring as an enabler in the growth of skills in the energy sector, with a particular focus on the development of females in the industry. There is currently a significant lack of diversity in the sector, an issue which Government and Industry are working together to address. This free event will offer the opportunity to engage in speed-mentoring and encourage cross-sector networking of leaders with the high potential women in the energy sector, as well as providing a platform to Government and industry leaders to address the issues and share their experiences of mentoring as a successful approach to developing talent and capacity building. The event is being organised in partnership with organisations and Women's Networks supporting the development of the talent pool in the energy sector Women's Engineering Society (WES), Women in Nuclear (WIN), POWERful Women, Entrepreneurial Women in Renewables Network (EWiRE), SPE Women in Energy, and CIBSE.
The event, which is the first of a series of UK-wide MentorSET events, will take place at Church House on 15th September between 8 and 10.30am.

8 - 9am Breakfast networking & Energy Sector Womens Networks Market place.
Each of the women’s networks will be hosting a table with associated representatives and mentors for attendees to informally chat to.
9 - 9:10 Introduction - Joan MacNaughton
Chair of the World Energy Council Trilemma Working Group and a member of the Board of POWERful Women.
9:10 - 9:40 Mentor/Mentee Panel & questions
9:40 - 10.25 Speed mentoring workshop (opportunity to meet and speak to mentors)
10:25 - 10:30 Closing remarks

Breakfast Networking – Womens Network Hosts:

Women's Engineering Society (WES) is a charity supporting women in engineering and applied sciences and coordinates MentorSET, the mentoring scheme for women in STEM.

POWERful Women (PfW) seeks to advance the professional growth and leadership development of women across the UK’s energy sector.

Women in Nuclear (WiN) is part of the Nuclear Institute and is working to improve the gender balance in the nuclear industry.

Entrepreneurial Women in Renewables Network (EWiRE) is an initiative to help address the under-representation of women in the low carbon and renewable sector across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland

SPE Women in Energy is part of the Society of Petroleum engineers working to improve the gender balance in the oil and gas sector.

Women in Building Services Engineering (WIBSE) is part of CIBSE The Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers and is a network that aims to support and encourage women joining, working, staying and progressing in the building services industry.

CIGRÉ Women’s Network UK (CIGRE WNUK) part of CIGRÉ (a world-wide organisation whose aim is to develop and disseminate technical knowledge in the fields of power generation) brings together women within the Power industry in the UK.

Tuesday 20th September 2016

BEinspired: Stories that push boundaries

A collaborative cross-sector event to connect and inspire women working in the built environment.

Participants will hear speakers’ stories about their own experiences of pushing boundaries in their career. These are not just stories about diversity, but also stories of pushing industry limits and achieving higher quality more sustainable places for people. The event will showcase other industry women’s networks with pecha kucha presentations and ample opportunity for networking. The event is CPD certified by the BRE Academy and will be a great opportunity for attendees to earn CPD hours.

Find out more

Thursday 22nd - Saturday 24th September 2016

Light Up The Ladies Bridge

Part of Totally Thames 2016 : Take Me To The River Festival.

The little known history of Waterloo Bridge (aka The Ladies Bridge) will be celebrated with live performances, film and large scale photographic projections by Karen Livesey and Concrete History on the National Theatre's fly tower of trail-blazing female construction workers who re-built the bridge during World War II.

Find more information about this free event here.

Thursday 22nd - Sunday 25th September 2016

New Scientist Live, London

New Scientist Live is a festival of ideas and discovery, taking place at ExCeL London. Rooted in the biggest, best and most provocative science, New Scientist Live will touch on all areas of human life. The show will feature four immersive zones covering Brain & Body, Technology, Earth and Cosmos. From 22-25 September, New Scientist Live will be like no other place on earth.

To book and for more information

Thursday 6th October 2016

Engineering the Future Festival

The IET Engineering the Future Festival is a day of celebration and innovation, exploring the technologies of the future whilst providing insights into how the world is predicted to change over the next 50 years.

Hear from some of the most forward-thinking names in engineering on the global challenges we face and how we can overcome them through science, technology and innovation.

Buy your ticket online today

Saturday 8th October 2016


The 97th WES AGM will take place at 2pm on Saturday 8th October at IET Birmingham, Austin Court, 80 Cambridge Street, B1 9NP.

View the Preliminary Notice here


Tuesday 11th October 2016

Women engineers in the First World War

This free one day collaborative project will look back at the role of women in engineering and technical disciplines during the First World War and beyond.

This wikithon is designed to make the histories of women engineers in the First World War more visible by putting them on Wikipedia. If you have been researching this subject and have material that you want to put online, this is an ideal forum to do so in a supportive environment.

More information or to reserve tickets

Tuesday 18th October 2016

New Models in Engineering Education

This one day WES workshop will take place on 18 October at the Warwick Manufacturing Centre and will look at the various new models in engineering education that are appealing to a more diverse range of applicants.

Further information.



Tuesday 8th November 2016

WES Caroline Haslett Lecture, London

The Caroline Haslett lecture (formerly Prestige Lecture) takes place on 8th November at the IET, Savoy Place, London.  It will feature a talk by the inspirational Dame Stephanie Shirley and the presentation of the 2016 Karen Burt Award followed by networking opportunities.  Further details to follow.

Thursday 10th November 2016

Educated Yorkshire


Educated Yorkshire 2016 (EY16) builds on the success of EY15 which was held at Bradford College last November. This year's event will be held on Thursday 10th November at Centenary Pavilion, Elland Road, Leeds.

EY15 brought in around 300 delegates - 79% overall were decision makers from schools, colleges and universities. 83% overall were schools, colleges and universities.

EY16 is bigger, better and incorporates even more CPD from peer learning.

We have 3 seminar halls, around 60 exhibition stands - all on one level, under one roof in one day.  We are building on our delegate numbers this year and aiming for at least 500 delegates across the day as demand for this year's conference is very high.


Friday 18th - Saturday 19th November 2016

Engineering Inspiration. WES Student Conference 2016

The annual WES student conference taking place at Aston University. Further details here.

Wednesday 8th February - Sunday 3rd September 2017

Robots at the Science Museum

Discover the remarkable 500- year story of humanoid robots.

Opening in February 2017, our next blockbuster exhibition will explore the 500-year story of humanoid robots and the artistic and scientific quest to understand what it means to be human.

For more information and to book tickets visit the website here.

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