WES Virtual Annual Conference 2021: 'Serving Society'

20th April 2021 - 21st April 2021

WES Centenary Conference 2019 crowd shot 1 Photo Credit Jessica Grace © Women’s Engineering Society

The WES Virtual Annual Conference in 2021 took place on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 April.

This was a 2-day online event hosted on Microsoft Teams.

Programme and theme:


Download the archived Conference Programme and Speaker Profiles from the links below. Our keynote speakers were:

  • Professor Catherine Noakes OBE, Professor of Environmental Engineering for Buildings, University of Leeds, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) 
  • Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Our overarching conference theme this year was ‘Serving Society’. This extraordinary year has highlighted how engineers have not just created ground-breaking solutions and innovations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but how they also deliver and maintain critical services and infrastructure in all aspects of society, every day of our lives.

With leading industry speakers, the conference not only reflected and explored how engineers serve society but also looked to the digital future. Alongside we looked at professional development, mental health in the workplace, wellbeing and profiles of different engineering disciplines, along with informal opportunities to network and discuss topics of interest online outside of the main conference.

For any queries relating to the Annual Conference, email us at events@wes.org.uk

Attendance at such conferences can potentially contribute to your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as an engineer. For more guidance on this visit the Engineering Council webpages

We are grateful for the support of our 2021 Annual Conference sponsors:

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2021 Annual Conference Media Partner:

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