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

Past Events

Past Events

Friday 12th May 2017

WES Annual Conference

The WES Annual Conference, Get connected: Empowering women and enriching careers will take place at University College London (UCL) from 9:30am - 5pm on Friday 12 May, 2017.

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Thursday 11th May 2017

WES London Cluster Event: Bridging the Gap: Effective Communication & Career Progression

As a warm-up session to the WES Conference, the WES London Cluster invites you to an evening of networking and advice to help inform on how we can contribute bridging the gap in career progression. 

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For further information please contact the London Cluster at weslondoncluster@gmail.com


Thursday 4th May 2017

BS 76005 launch event - diversity and Inclusion, Manchester

Diversity and inclusion have become key management topics now that the opportunities arising from for a diverse and inclusive workforce are recognised.

To help organizations embed these attributes, the BSI has developed a new British standard that aims to maximize the contribution of human capital.

BS 76005:2017 Valuing people through diversity and inclusion – Code of practice provides both a framework for valuing people (it is based on the framework for valuing people BS 76000), and recommendations for influencing, engaging and aligning diversity and inclusion expectations. 

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Saturday 8th April 2017

Gin Networking Event, Women's Energy Network, Great Yarmouth

Women's Energy Network has set up a networking event to encourage men to get involved and support Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in the Energy Sector

You are invited to join them for a Gin n Tonic or 2... for after work drinks and networking.  You don't have to be female and you don't have to work in energy to attend. More information.

Friday 31st March - Saturday 1st April 2017

National Engineering and Construction Recruitment (NECR) Exhibition

Whether you are an experienced engineering or construction professional looking for your next step up the career ladder, or a recent graduate looking to kick-start your career within the industry The National Engineering & Construction Recruitment Exhibition offers a vast array of interesting job opportunities.  WES Prize winner Bethan Murray will be speaking on the Friday.  More information

Thursday 30th March 2017

Promoting Women in STEM

According to recent findings from The WISE campaign, women made up only 21% of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) workforce and represented only 8% of engineering professionals in the UK in 2016.

This shortage not only affects economic growth, it also contributes to gender pay gaps with less women working in high paying STEM roles. With this in mind, Inside Government will be holding ‘Promoting Women in Stem’, an interactive strategy discussion at the Hallam Conference Centre on Thursday 30th March 2017.

Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss successful initiatives and learn from best practice case studies that have been successful in widening the pool of talent and helping to maximise the contribution of women to STEM.

Speakers on the day include:

Benita Mehra, President, Women’s Engineering Society

Increasing Women in STEM Through Engagement and Outreach Work

* Winning the WISE Campaign Award 2015 for its launch of National Women in Engineering Day to highlight the work of women in industry

* Encouraging and promoting the education, study and application of engineering through the annual WES Student Conference, the Magnificent Women Outreach Project and supporting the creation of WES affiliated student groups at university

* Highlighting the importance of outreach work in communities to increase representation of women in STEM

* Raising awareness about careers in STEM for women from under-represented backgrounds through outreach work with schools

* Supporting women to achieve their potential as engineers, applied scientists and leaders through MentorSet; a mentoring programme open to WES members and partner organisations

WES members get 20% off.  Please email Cath at info@wes.org.uk for more details.

For more information click here: http://www.insidegovernment.co.uk/women-in-stem-2017/?agenda=view

Wednesday 29th March 2017

WES and Space Conference, Loughborough University

The WES and Space Conference will feature a keynote speech by Prof. Martin Barstow, Past President, Royal Astronomical Society and a talk by Betty Bonnardel-Azzarelli of AB5 Consulting.

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Monday 27th March 2017

View from the Top: Engineering the Futuree

Don’t miss your chance to hear from Warren East CBE FREng, Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce, who will deliver our forthcoming View from the top lecture entitled ‘Engineering the Future’

He will share the knowledge he has gained while working as a CEO for two different companies and his experience as an entrepreneur, moving from managing ARM to Rolls-Royce, as well as his involvement as a Fellow of the Academy.

For further information, please click the link below to view.

View full programme

Tickets cost £18.00 including VAT.

Royal Academy of Engineering
Prince Philip House
3 Carlton House Terrace
London SW1Y 5DG

For more information please contact the Events Team
Email: events@raeng.org.uk
Phone: 020 7766 0665 

Thursday 23rd March 2017

Why are there so few engineers in parliament and public life - and does it really matter? Leeds University

Now while Xi Jinping (President of China) and Juha Sipilä (Prime Minister of Finland) are both engineers, the UK Parliament appears to be dominated by lawyers, journalists, consultants and bankers. Few have any scientific qualifications and Chi is possibly the only chartered engineer out of 650 MPs.

Honorary WES member and Chartered Engineer Chi Onwurah MP will discuss this important topic.  More information

Monday 13th March 2017

Claudia Parsons Memorial Lecture - How to Build a Scientist

Louborough University
Lecture Theatre WPT.0.02
West Park Teaching Hub

Dr Emily Grossman speaks about her life as a scientist, actress and science broadcaster - she shares her experiences as a women in science and explores the value of emotions in science. Emily also discusses exciting advances in the filed onf stem cells and regenerative medicine, and asks whether one day we'll be able to rebuild a human.

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Monday 6th March 2017

Leeds Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair

Your opportunity to meet companies offering apprenticeships view or apply for 100s of live apprenticeships vacancies on the night.

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Thursday 23rd February - Sunday 25th June 2017

Electricity: The Spark of Life Exhibition

The story of electricity is the story of life itself. Within every object on earth is hidden either a positive or negative electric charge - from the structure of the atom to the functioning of our brains, the natural power of electricity is all around and one of the most potent symbols of the modern world.

This exhibit will cover the use of electricity in the home, and demonstrate how this freed up women to enter the work place.  Former WES President Caroline Haslett was a pioneer in this area.

This exhibit takes place at the Welcome Collection
183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK

For more information, check out the website: https://wellcomecollection.org/electricity

Tuesday 21st February 2017

The Role of Professional Bodies Within Engineering Education

by UCL Centre for Engineering Education

University College London
66-72 Gower Street

As the engineering industry moves into the digital era, ways of working are changing profoundly and this will in turn affect the role of professionals. Yet the means by which professional competence is developed and assessed has changed little in the last 20 years. The UK enjoys an abundance of professional engineering institutions and other bodies that support professional development but many of these appear to be not as well connected as they should be with young people entering the industry.

So what is the new role of professional bodies within engineering education? How can they adpat their professional development value proposition to members and employers in the digital world?

Phil Davis, Director of Techincal Learning & Development at Atkins will be giving the industry take on this, and

Jon Prichard, Chief Executive of The Institution of Chemical Engineers will be giving his thoughts from the professional bodies side.

Please do join us for what is always a really interesting debate, followed by drinks and networking.

For more information, including FREE registration, click here.

Thursday 9th February 2017

2017 everywoman Forum: Advancing women in technology

As the UK’s largest tech forum for women, the 2017 everywoman Forum: Advancing Women in Technology, will gather forward-thinking futurists, many of the brightest business leaders in tech and some of the finest motivators and professionals in female development for an energising one-day event.

For more information click here

Thursday 9th February 2017

2017 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards


The Awards encourage greater numbers of women to work in tech, driving awareness of career opportunities, as well as showcasing the breadth and diversity of talent contributed by women in tech across industries. 

For more information and how to nominate, click 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.

Tuesday 13th December 2016

Nissan & Infiniti Suppliers Day, Bedford

Motiv8 are delighted to announce the addition of Nissan to our Client Portfolio of OEM's and we are hosting our first In-House Technical Forum on site at the Nissan Technical Centre Europe in December this year.

Nissan are looking for suppliers of all areas of "automotive electronics / suppliers" for this event.  Sponsors will be on site for 7 hours+, right in the heart of the design centre and will meet engineers, heads of department, key decision makers and influencers on the day.

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Monday 12th December 2016

UCL Centre for Engineering Education Conversation Series: Film Screening and Christmas Social

CEE Conversation Series: Film Screening and Christmas Social Please join us for a more relaxed, festive edition of the Conversation Series! The obligatory wine and mince pies will be served, along with popcorn as 'Let Me Do It', a 45 minute documentary film about engineering education is screened, featuring a cameo by UCL's very own Director, Prof. John Mitchell. Dr Natasha McCarthy, Head of Policy, Data at the Royal Society will be introducing the film and giving a short talk.

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Wednesday 7th December 2016

IET Christmas Lecture

by University of Surrey in conjunction with IET

The University of Surrey are proud to host the annual IET Christmas Lecture on Wednesday 7 December. Please click here for the overview for this year’s lecture and to book your ticket:

The Tiny Spacecraft Revolution: From Earth Orbit to the Stars

Speaker: Professor Craig Underwood BSc, PGCE, PhD, FBIS, MIEEE - Surrey Space Centre

Wed 7 December 2016, 16:30 – 19:30 GMT

Friday 25th - Saturday 26th November 2016

Engineering and Construction Recruitment Exhibition

Looking for a new challenge? Find your next career opportunity at The National Engineering & Construction Recruitment Exhibition on 25 & 26 November 2016.

The UK’s top engineering & construction employers will be actively recruiting professionals of all levels, from recent graduates looking for their first step on the career ladder, to experienced engineers looking to try something new.

Meet employers face-to-face to discover which company would be a good fit for you, what opportunities they have to offer, and what they are looking for in their ideal applicant. 

You will also be able to get free one-to-one advice about moving your career forward at the Careers Advice Clinic, take inspiration from employer presentations and brush up your interview technique at the Interview Clinic.

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