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

Women in Engineering: The Challenge

Women in Engineering: The Challenge

23 June 2014. IMechE, One Birdcage Walk, London

Joining Instructions for delegates here

Women in Engineering – or lack thereof - is the hot topic. We know that in the UK we face a future skills shortage in the next few years, so in order to address this problem alone we need to attract more girls to engineering, and retain more of our qualified women engineers. But in addition to this, evidence is coming to light which shows that diverse teams of engineers are not only more productive but also bring in more profit. So, assuming we all agree that we need more women in engineering, the question to ask is ‘What are we going to do about it?’
Come along to this inaugural National Women in Engineering Day event to discuss options and find out what others are doing to address this challenge.

Speaker profiles and presentation summaries can be downloaded here.

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Registration:09.00 Conference Start 09.30 Welcome by Jan Peters, WES Past President

Session 1 Back to School Chaired by Professor Sarah Springman CBE

  •     09.30-09.55 Keynote: Jenny Willott MP, Minister for Women and Equality
  •     09.55-10.15 Giving Girls the Career Option | Frances Saunders CB FREng, President of Institute of Physics
  •     10.15-10.40 The Importance of Diversity | Ruth Spellman, CEO of Workers’ Educational Association
  •     10.40-11.00 Attracting Female Apprentices - a Company Perspective | Gareth Humphreys MBE, HR Adviser for Education, MBDA and Jade Aspinall, Engineering Apprentice

Session 2 The Business Perspective Chaired by Pam Liversidge OBE

  •     11.25-11.50 Keynote: The Perkins Review and Subsequent Progress, Professor John Perkins CBE, Chief Scientific Advisor, BIS
  •     11.50-12.10 The Royal Academy of Engineering Diversity Leadership Group - Progress So Far | Allan Cook CBE, DLG Chair, Chair of Atkins & Selex
  •     12.10-12.25 The Industry from the Inside | Nina Skorupska, CEO of Renewable Energy Association
  •     12.25 – 12.40 Diversity from a Professional Engineering Institute Perspective | Barry Brooks, President of The Institution of Engineering and Technology
  •     12.40 -13.10 Question and Answer Session for Session 1 and 2 Speakers

Session 3 The Role of Networks Chaired by Yasmin Ali, E.ON

  •     14.00-14.15 The Pros and Cons of Positive Discrimination | Dr Carol Marsh, WES President
  •     14.15-14.35 Keynote: Meg Munn MP for Sheffield
  •     14.35-14.55 The Value of Women’s Networks to the Business | Dervilla Mitchell, Director at Arup
  •     14.55-15.10 Changing Hearts and Minds | Helen Wollaston, CEO of WISE
  •     15.10-15.25 Networking the Networks - Raising the Game| Pat Morton, Director of Women in SET, Centre for Science Education, Sheffield Hallam University

Session 4  Chaired by Helen Wollaston, CEO of WISE

  •     15.45-16.00 The Business Case for Diversity in the Scientific Community | Polly Williams, Acting Head of Scientific Engagement, The Royal Society
  •     16.00-16.15 Leaning In, for the Next Generation| Anne-Marie Imafidon, Head Stemette
  •     16.15-16.30 Through Both Eyes: the Case for a Gender Lens in STEM| Dr Ellie Cosgrave, Director, ScienceGrrl
  •     16.30-16.45 Ensuring Women Return | Dr Katie Perry, CEO of Daphne Jackson Trust
  •     16.45-16.50 Round up and Finish

Timing may be subject to slight change.

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