24th January 2019


A changemaker is one who desires change in the world and, by gathering knowledge and resources, makes that change happen.

Women engineers and scientists have been Changemakers for society for hundreds of years. Legal restrictions on women working meant that it wasn’t until after the first world war and the suffragette movement that women could start to seriously fulfill their passions for making, creating and improving the lives of people through engineering and technology. At WES it's been a mere hundred.

The stories of the women who worked as engineers last century and helped the UK embrace technology are too often obscured from view.  They are largely hidden figures. We know you are working hard as a Changemaker yourself and we'd love to connect you to many others.

Taking place in London, this event will be the inaugural event in our centenary year as we bring together modern day Changemakers to connect, network and celebrate progress. From 0.5% women in engineering at WES' 50th in 1969 to edging over 15% today.

Hear from Jo Kennedy, who helped to launch WISE in 1984, Jan Peters, Isobel Byrne Hill and Katie Perry as well as other key champions for change. Plus find out about the Heritage Lottery Funded WES Centenary Trail, wikithons and other plans for 2019.

This is a free, invite-only event.  Please contact with requests for invites.