December 2018
Women's Engineering Society eNewsletter
Welcome to the December edition of the WES newsletter -  from all of us in the WES office a very merry Christmas to you!

In this month's newsletter we have the latest on all that is happening with WES this month and looking forward to our Centenary year in 2019.  We'll also bring you updates from other organisations, upcoming events, job vacancies and all other news. 

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WES Centenary Trail Wikithon
17 January 2019, Wellcome Trust, London

Please join us for our first Wikithon in the WES' Centenary Year! Our Centenary Trail is all about putting women from history onto Wikipedia, so their achievements aren't overlooked or forgotten. We are partnering with the wonderful Heritage Open Days (HODS) to run a Wikithon at the Wellcome Trust, delivered by their inspiring Wikimedian, and Amy Johnson Inspiration Award Winner, Dr. Alice White. Take a look at @WESCentenary on Twitter or @wes_centenary on Instagram to get inspired by the brilliant women engineers who don't have a Wikipedia page yet...
Come along to change some wiki red links to blue on 17 January 4-8pm (you can join in at any point during that time). In the best Heritage Open Days fashion - there will be cake! To book please go here
IET WES Award Winner

Huge congratulations to Lorna Bennet, Mechanical Engineer for the Operational Performance team at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, who has won the IET Young Woman Engineer WES Prize 2018.

Lorna works with academic researchers, technology developers, manufacturers and operators to drive improvements in the operations and maintenance of offshore renewable energy assets. She is also a very active ambassador, running the STEM engagement and intern programme for her company's Glasgow office, and wants to encourage more young women to take up a career in engineering, just like she has.
WES Centenary Conference - Celebrating the Past, Transforming the Future

Friday 15 March 2019 9.30 -16.00 (followed by a drinks reception)
RAF Museum, London

Booking is now live for the 2019 WES Centenary Conference - Celebrating the Past, Transforming the Future.

Join us for a once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate 100 years of the Women's Engineering Society whilst boosting your Continued Professional Development. Get involved in the debate about how we can face the challenges for the next 100 years, and be part of the solution. 

Confirmed Speakers include:
*      Mandy Hickson, Ex-fighter pilot, RAF and motivational speaker
*      Rachel Higham, Managing Director of IT , British Telecom
*       Air Vice-Marshall Sue Gray, Air Officer Commanding No 38 Group, Royal Air Force
*       Emma Howard-Boyd, Chair, Environment Agency & Steering Committee Member, 30% Club

*       Dawn Childs WES President and Group Engineering Director at Merlin Entertainments

To book tickets please go here
WES Student Conference 2018

The annual WES Student Conference was held on 23-24 November at Warwick University. The two-day residential conference, aimed primarily at female engineering and allied undergraduates, brought together students, academics and early-mid career engineers and colleagues from supporting industry to explore pathways to technical leadership.
The Conference included both technical and personal/professional development as well as lots of opportunity to meet employers and sponsors. There were a large number of interactive sessions and also panels to include a wider set of engineer speakers from a broad range of backgrounds. We received fantastic feedback from attendees who are now looking forward to next year's conference!
Sponsors of this year's Conference included AWE, BAE Systems, BESA, Bosch, Dialog Semiconductor, Direct Line, FM Global, Meggitt Polymers & Composites, Network Rail and Warwick Manufacturing Group .
WES Members Attend Year of Engineering Service

A national service to celebrate the Year of Engineering took place at Westminster Abbey on 22 November. Hundreds of people, including many WES Members, gathered to celebrate the outstanding contribution that engineers, past and present, have made to society. 

T he service highlighted the importance of inspiring the next generation to join the civil engineering profession - which was the focus of the Institution of Civil Engineer's awareness campaigns in 2018, the 200th anniversary of the Institution.  
WES Centenary Members Lunch
London, Sunday 23 June

WES Centenary Members' Lunch will be held on the very day that WES was officially created in 1919. This lunch for WES members and their partners to mark WES' centenary will be held at Ognisko, the Polish Club in Kensington, London. Tickets will cost in the region of £60.   If you're interested in attending this lunch, please email Dawn Bonfield on
WES London Cluster

Due to a change of work location, Margherita Latronico, Project Engineer at ENI, is stepping down from the coordination of the Cluster. She will start new projects in Italy from February 2019.  Thank you Margherita for your dedication and enthusiasm, you will be greatly missed!
Carolina Escudero, Business Development Manager at Vattenfall, has stepped up for the role of Coordinator. She has been part of the London Cluster Committee since Nov 2017 and has written several articles for the cluster on LinkedIn and the Woman Engineer journal. Welcome Carolina!

STEM Learning UK
STEM Learning UK will be hosting the Cluster's monthly committee meetings in 2019! Thank you to them and especially to WES member, Natalie Cheung, for making it possible. Dates of meetings are now confirmed so get in touch if you wish to join us and support WES London during the centenary.

WES Young Members' Board 

Centenary Conference Poster Presentation

WES is looking for Early Career Engineers to present their work on the theme: Transforming the Future to a multidisciplinary audience at the WES Annual Conference in March. There will be two WES Centenary Conference Poster Prizes awarded at the event, one decided by a panel of judges and the other for the audience favourite.
Presenters should be WES members and Early Career Professionals (of any age) 
Please note: This poster session is open to all genders.

Applications will close at midnight on Thursday 31 January 2019.To submit your abstract for consideration,  click here .
WES University Groups Board

The UGB met at the WES Student Conference at Warwick University. One of the key objectives was creating a 'blueprint' for all student groups. This will include tips on collaborating with the student union, securing funding and a lessons learned log.

They are also planning on having a joint national event during the STEM week next year - we'll keep you posted!

The board enjoyed going to the student conference and meeting with the other members of their WES-affiliated societies.  
JobsWES Jobs

(deadline dates given below)
Returners Schemes
TiredTired Engineer in Training
Tired Engineer in Training, Eleanor Yong, shares the drawings that she started to help break up the monotony of studying/revising.
Eleanor Yong Tis the Season
Eleanor Yong Christmas Tree

Events Upcoming Events
The WES website events listing includes events from across the country of interest to women engineers.  View it here.
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The Parliament Project
The Parliament Project is a non-partisan project to inspire, empower and encourage women to run for political office in the UK. Focusing on practical, hands-on training and support, they run workshops and webinars to demystify the process for women wanting to get involved in politics as well as online peer support circles to support women's political ambitions more deeply. 

Active across England and Scotland, over 2,200 women have attended their workshops in the last 2 years. The Parliament Project are creating a groundswell of women entering political parties to ultimately achieve 51% female representation in all spheres of politics. To get involved have a look at their website here.
Young Women's Trust Awards

Nominations are now open for the Young Women's Trust Awards, and the public award categories (open to any young women aged 16-30 living in the UK) are:
- The Apprenticeship Award, for a young woman succeeding in her apprenticeship
- The Trailblazer Award, for a young woman who has achieved a lot in a male-dominated industry such as science, technology, engineering, mathematics, construction or plumbing.
Help recognise the achievements of young women by nominating a young woman you know for either of these awards, or by sharing the nomination page with your contacts.
Nominations are open until 1 January 2019. Award winners, and a guest of their choice, will be invited to our awards ceremony on Tuesday February 26th 2019, to accept their award on stage. Winners will be awarded with £500 to spend as they like, and an engraved award. To nominate someone please visit the website here.

MSc in Leadership and Management

The MSc in Leadership and Management at the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) is open for applications for January 2019. This part time course can be funded from the apprenticeship levy so there are no tuition fees to pay. 

The course has been designed specifically to meet the needs of business and to develop future leaders. 

Further information is available on the NSIRC website.

2019  everywoman in Tech Forum: The Power of Diversity

The fifth annual everywoman in Tech Forum: Energising Tomorrow's World takes place in March.  Speakers will include female and male role models who innovate, challenge and embrace technology, and will share their own personal experiences and career journeys

The event is attended by women and men working in tech across industry sectors so offers a great networking opportunity. WES members are able to access a 10% discount using the code DP10.

For more details and to book please go here.
Techpreneurs Awards for Women
7 February 2019, House of Lords, London

The Techpreneurs Awards for Women are a non-profit event where women with technology startups can apply or be nominated for two categories: the conceptual award and the veteran award.  Six entrepreneurs will be selected as finalists and will pitch in the House of Lords in front of a panel of seasoned judges.

WES Members can receive a discount on tickets by entering the code WES when purchasing online. To book tickets or to enter the awards please go  to their website  here
Cafe Scientifique and WES Centenary Year 

You have probably heard of the Cafe Scientifique network which hosts monthly informal science meet ups in different regions across the UK and beyond. The talks are given by experts in the field at a level accessible to all. 

If you are interested in speakin g at a talk get in touch with Cafe Scientifique here

Partner WES Partners news

We would like to thank all our Partners for their continuing support of WES. To see the list of partners that support WES please visit the website 

To discuss WES partnerships please contact us on  

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