Harnessing the Energy WES Conference 2013

The WES conference outlined below took place on 4 October 2013, and presentations from the conference can be found here for those speakers who are happy to make them available publicly.

This Women's Engineering Society one day conference is the annual opportunity for women in engineering and related technologies to get together and 'harness their energy'. This technical event for the non energy specialist has been designed to give delegates an overview of a range of energy technologies including nuclear, renewable, oil and gas, fracking, community energy, the low carbon economy, energy efficiency and public opinion, given by leading experts in these fields. It will also contain one session for early career speakers who will give a snapshot of their work, telling a good story in context, informing and entertaining their audience. Keep your wits about you in this quick fire session! The conference is chaired by Professor Isobel Pollock, who welcomes us to the home of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, where she is Immediate Past President.

The Karen Burt Award for the best newly qualified Chartered Engineer is also awarded on the day to the winning candidate, who will tell us about her work and what she has achieved to help her win the award.

CPD Parallel Session

A parallel session running alongside the technical conference will give delegates the opportunity to complete some Professional Development

  • EW Group CEO Jane Farrell will deliver a session on the barriers to progressing your career in engineering, how to spot unconscious bias in operation, and what you can practically do about it.
  • Kat Sandford from STEMnet will give an overview and introduction to the STEM Ambassadors scheme, followed by a facilitated discussion by Helen Charles Morgan about our latest WES initiative, the Young WES membership category. Anyone interested in promoting engineering in schools will find session interesting.
  • Daria Cybulska, Programme Manager of Wikimedia UK, will explain how to run a Wikipedia Edit-o-thon, with a view to increasing the presence of women and especially women in engineering on Wikipedia

But the real energy of the day comes from the delegates. This is a great opportunity to meet old and new acquaintances, network, and engage with WES to find out more about the great work that has been going on all year, and if you want to stay on for a drink and join us for the AGM, then you are very welcome to do so. You may even feel inspired to join our Council!

Conference Programme

Registration 09.00-09.30

09.30-10.50 Session 1: Chair Professor Isobel Pollock

  • Plenary. Last Gasp or Second Wind for Nuclear Fission Dame Sue Ion
  • Oil and Gas Madeleine Brown, BP
  • UK Shale Gas: Frack On, Frack Off or Frack Well? Professor Zoe Shipton, University of Strathclyde

11.20-13.00 Session 2: Chair Dr Stephanie Merry Sector Advisor, Renewable Energy Association

  • Nanocrystal Solar Cell: Fabrication and Characterisation Philippa Hardy, University of Leeds
  • Environmental Challenges within the Civil Aerospace Industry Holly Driver, Rolls Royce plc
  • A Match Made in Smart Grid Heaven: Retailers and Diesel Generators Laura Daniels, Marks and Spencers
  • Observing the Everyday in Terms of Energy Use in the Home Tara Hughes, University of Salford
  • Energy Modelling of Buildings in the Tesco Estate Maria Spyrou, Loughborough University and Tesco
  • Condition Monitoring of Wind Turbine Blades Using Low-Cost Consumer Electronics Ozak Esu, Loughborough University
  • Biomass and the Carbon Neutral Economy Orla Williams, University of Nottingham
  • Nuclear Submarines and their Challenges for Electrical Power Engineers Elisabeth Pryor, BAe Systems Maritime - Submarine

14.00-15.30 Session 3: Chair Carol Marsh, WES Vice President, Selex ES

  • Plenary. Renewable Energy Overview Gaynor Hartnell (CEO) and Stephanie Merry, Renewable Energy Association
  • Renewable Gas Alison Cartwright, cngservices Ltd
  • Karen Burt Award Presentation made by WES President Milada Williams

15.50-17.15 Session 4: Chair Professor Isobel Pollock

  • Why Local Energy Systems are Essential for a Low Carbon Future Dr Mary Gillie Energetic UK Ltd
  • Public Attitudes to the UK’s Energy Challenges Antonia Dickman, Ipsos Mori
  • Energy Efficiency Rebecca Ward, Cambridge University

CPD Parallel Session

09.30-10.50 Session 1

11.20-13.00 Session 2: Common Session - Technical Programme

14.00-15.30 Session 3

15.50-17.15 Session 4: Common Session - Technical Programme

Finish 5.15pm. WES AGM Starts 5.30pm

Register Here

The conference will have a technical as well as a Professional Development Stream, and delegates will be able to transfer freely from one stream to another.

If you would like to be involved in the conference as a partner, a sponsor or a volunteer please get in touch with Dawn Bonfield on office@wes.org.uk or 01438 765506.

Event Sponsors

BAe Systems

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Event Partner

EW Group

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