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

Past Events

Past Events

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.

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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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Tuesday 22nd - Thursday 24th November 2016

Women in Engineering Convention, Johannesburg

This year's edition of the Women in Engineering Convention will be looking at:

  • Creative ways to attract and retain women engineers
  • How women can excel in their disciplines while elevating their status in this industry
  • Highlighting the contribution made by women to curb 21st century engineering challenges 

Click here for more information.  Email bookings@intelligencetransferc.co.za to request a full conference brochure or to book your place. 


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.

Thursday 17th November 2016

Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Lecture

This year’s Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Lecture is being given by Professor Jo Dunkley on 17 November at 6.30pm, and is entitled ‘Our window on the Universe’. Professor Dunkley will also talk about the goal of engaging more young women to pursue physics, and about some of the scientists who have inspired and guided her.

This lecture forms part of the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture, which is awarded annually by the Royal Society to promote women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Part of the award is a grant made to fund a project to support and encourage women and girls in STEM.

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Monday 14th November 2016

Women Returners Conference 2016, London

We are excited to launch our first Women Returners Conference on Monday 14th November 2016 in London Join us for a day of inspiration, advice and support, specifically designed for professional women returning to work after a long break. Alongside a range of workshops, panels and speaker sessions, you will have a variety of networking opportunities. The Conference is hosted by the ICAEW and supported by the 30% Club, with Credit Suisse and Skanska as lead sponsors. Speakers include Jane Garvey, Presenter of Woman’s Hour, Brenda Trenowden, Global Chair of 30% Club and Julianne Miles, Co-Founder & MD of Women Returners.

For further details visit the Women Returners Conference 2016 webpage.


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.


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 here.

Wednesday 2nd - Thursday 3rd November 2016

Advanced Engineer 2016

NEC, Birmingham

With key focus on aerospace, automotive, composite materials, performance metals, you can gain inspiration and ideas from these key sectors to take back your work place. 

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Friday 28th October 2016

Stick conference 2016: Unsung Heroes of our Industrial and Technological Heritage, Edinburgh

The conference will feature WES member Nina Baker, and will explore Scotland’s technological and industrial heritage both contemporary and historic. 

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Wednesday 26th October 2016

The Clifford Paterson Lecture 2016 'The attractions of magnetism: chips, cancer and crime', London

The Clifford Paterson Lecture 2016 ‘The attractions of magnetism: chips, cancer and crime’ will be given by Professor Russell Cowburn FRS, University of Cambridge, UK. Professor Cowburn was awarded Clifford Paterson Medal and Lecture for his remarkable academic, technical and commercial achievements in nano-magnetics.

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