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Current and upcoming WES events

Current and upcoming WES events

Friday 27th May 2016

FREE Returning to STEM course

On the 27th of May the OU will be launching a FREE “Return to STEM” Badged Open Course (BOC) in order to help those who are interested in returning to their careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM). The BOC covers information such as “how to update your CV”, “how to understand current affairs in your industry”, and offers the opportunities for students taking the course to network with each other and industry experts; this course also allows students to receive a badge in recognition for their participation. Please have a look at Sue Black’s introduction video to get a taste of what this BOC will offer, you can also register your interest to receive a link and prompt when the course goes live.

On the 27th of May, go to: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/returning-stem/co... in order to get started!


Thursday 2nd June 2016

1-2-1 MBA meetings and Women in Leadership workshop, London

QS Top MBA Connect 1-2-1 is hosting an event in London featuring a panel and workshop on Women in Leadership, followed by pre-scheduled MBA meetings with top business schools. 

Registrants will receive:

  • A reserved place at the Women in Leadership panel and workshop
  • A personalised schedule of 30 minute meetings with admissions directors
  • In-depth pre and post event consultation with MBA experts
  • Guidance through your program search and the application
  • Access to numerous MBA scholarships, exclusive for attendees of this event

Spaces are limited so please book here. Once you have registered, the organisers will be in contact to help you book your MBA meetings. More information.


Saturday 4th June 2016

'Talk to an Engineer' in Preston

The University of Central Lancashire will be running a ‘Talk to an Engineer’ event in the Harris Museum, Preston. The event will be running between 10.30am-3.00pm on Saturday 4 June and is a chance to engage with a family audience about your area of research or work.

Engineers will be situated in different locations across the museum and visitors will need to find the engineers and ask them what their job is. For every Engineer a visitor speaks with, they will get a stamp and when they have collected enough stamps they will win a prize. We will also have a 3D printing hub at the event where people can have a go at using CAD and 3D printing.

For Engineers (particularly females) who would like to get involved from any location, not just the North West please contact egranger@uclan.ac.uk

The event is part of a public engagement project funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious scheme

Saturday 11th June 2016

Accidental Conference: Funny Money, London

Confidence is no accident as Funny Women, the leading female comedy community, sets out to prove at its next Accidental Conference.

The event explores our innately female relationship with money in all its complexity - from getting paid to running your own business.  

Not all of us are natural born entrepreneurs yet the ability to successfully manage your finances both professionally and privately provides a firm basis for a happier and fulfilling life. Combine this with a range of performance based ‘soft’ skills like improvisation, body language, negotiation and public speaking and you’ve got yourself a winning formula. 

An earlybird deal is available to all WES members.  Quote FWASSOC16

Further information

Monday 13th - Tuesday 14th June 2016

STEMtech Exhibition and Conference

Our annual conference is just one way we are bringing together industry, policy makers and educators to look at what is being done already and debate what more needs to be done going forward. The 3rd Annual STEMtech Conference and Showcase - Skilled for Success will be on the 13th and 14th June 2016 at the Telford International Centre and once again we will be inviting a host of speakers to consider key topics in advancing STEM and technical education including the role of schools, colleges, universities and industry.


Wednesday 15th - Wednesday 22nd June 2016

Electronic Engineering open Days at Royal Holloway

As Royal Holloway’s newest department, the Department of Electronic Engineering offers a great balance between practical industry knowledge and innovative project-led teaching to equip you for a career in our fast-moving technological world.

Find out more

Come along and visit us at our Open Days on 15 and 18 June 2016 - book your place here

Electronic Engineering Taster Day for Year 12 students on 22 June 2016 - sign up for your free place here

Wednesday 15th June 2016

Taking Positive Action to Build Your Talent Pipeline

Wednesday 15 June 2016, 9.45am – 1pm. Registration from 9.15am at Stirling Court Hotel, Stirling University, FK9 4LA 

The engineering sector in Scotland is thriving. Developing and maintaining a diverse workforce means the sector will have the skills it needs to respond to increased demand and sustain it into the future.

Equate Scotland and City of Glasgow College are delighted to invite you to ’Taking Positive Action to Build Your Talent Pipeline’, a free half-day seminar aimed at employers in the engineering sector. The day focuses on how you can take positive action to address the gender imbalance in engineering and attract more women into the sector. You’ll hear from employers who have taken action - by offering work-based placements and returnships –  and are already reaping the rewards, the women they’ve supported, and a legal expert on the do’s and don’ts so you feel confident about your next steps. 

If you would like to come along to the seminar please book here

If you have any questions about the seminar, or other ways in which Equate Scotland can support your business, please contact Lindsay at L.Isaacs@napier.ac.uk

Wednesday 22nd June 2016

A European Strategy for Gender Equality

This timely symposium provides an invaluable opportunity to discuss the latest developments in combating gender-based discrimination at European level. The symposium will explore how social, cultural and political obstacles can be overcome in order to implement innovative policies that will put an end to gender discrimination in the workplace and in society. Public Policy Exchange welcomes the participation of all key partners, responsible authorities and stakeholders. The Symposium will support the exchange of ideas and encourage delegates to engage in thought-provoking topical debate.

For more information and to register your place click here

Wednesday 22nd June 2016

First Grace Hopper Celebration in London - A celebration of women in tech

The GHC/1 London is a one-day, locally organised conference on 22 June 2016 modelled after ABI’s international Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC). This immersive event brings together women in technology, at all career stages, and industry leading companies. It is a great opportunity to build relationships, learn, and advance careers.

There will be an opening reception party on the evening of the 21 June with industry sponsors and members of ABI.London! The reception will be hosted by Google at 1-13 St Giles High St, London WC2H 8AG.

Please join us for a day of learning and networking, focused on technology, career development, leadership and advancing a gender diverse technology workforce in London!

More information and book tickets here

Sponsorships including for scholarships can be found here

Thursday 23rd June 2016

The Women's Engineering Society - Towards our Centenary

An overview of the Women's Engineering Society will take place on 23 June 2016 at the IET Savoy Place between 10.30am and 12.30pm.


  • WES Overview, Dawn Bonfield WES Chief Executive
  • Future Strategy, Benita Mehra, WES President
  • Sparxx, Elsa Ekevall, WES Sparxx Project Manager
  • Towards our Centenary, Sarah Peers WES Vice President

This is a free event but registration is required. Please visit the registration page to secure your ticket.

Thursday 23rd June 2016

National Women in Engineering Day

Want to arrange your own event to mark National Women in Engineering Day?  Or want to find an event near to where you live?

Find out what National Women in Engineering Day is all about at the website: nwed.org.uk #nwed

Wednesday 29th June 2016

IMarEST Ship Salvage Conference, London

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology are holding this CPD event looking at Salvage past, present and future: Lessons learned and challenges ahead.  Preferential rates given to WES members. Click here for further information.

Thursday 7th July 2016

The UK Infrastructure Policy Summit 2016

City & Financial’s 13th annual Infrastructure Policy Summit will bring together some of the key players in the UK infrastructure markets to discuss the latest policy initiatives and the implications of these for market participants. Following the reorganisation of the institutional framework supporting UK policy development and implementation, City & Financial are particularly pleased to have as keynote speakers Lord Andrew Adonis, Chairman, National Infrastructure Commission, and Tony Meggs, Chief Executive, Infrastructure and Projects Authority. They will set out their respective roles and agendas in the context of the National Infrastructure Plan 2016, as well as explaining how the two bodies will interact.

Further information

Saturday 16th July 2016

Inspire Her 2016: Grow Your Business. Find Your Tribe

An INSPIRATIONAL day for female entrepreneurs, seasoned business owners, mumpreneurs as well as start-ups - everyone will be inspired to grow their business, no matter where you are on your journey. 

£45 per ticket at Girton College in Cambridge

For more information and to book tickets click here

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

Tuesday 18th October 2016

New Models in Engineering Higher 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

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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