January 2019
Women's Engineering Society eNewsletter
Welcome to the January edition of the WES newsletter . We look forward to celebrating our Centenary year with you!

In this month's newsletter we have the latest on all that is happening with WES this month and looking forward to the start of celebrations for our Centenary year.  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

Our first Wikithon in the WES Centenary Year took place on 17 January at the Wellcome Trust in London. Five new articles were published and 19 articles were improved. Sixty one edits were made by eleven editors, and to date the Wikithon has resulted in further 4060 words being added to Wikipedia. A fantastic effort by everyone who took part!

There will be lots more wikithons around the country this year so if you would like to learn how to edit or to improve one of the pages mentioned here, please do get involved - watch out for future notifications and follow @WESCentenary on Twitter or @wes_centenary on Instagram for more stores of WES members over the past 100 years. 

The Wikithon was run in conjunction with and in partnership with Heritage Open Days one of our Heritage Lottery Funded WES Centenary Trail partners. 
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
Magnificent Women:  the First Female Engineers 

Wednesday 20 February 18.00 to 19.30, University of London

Join us to celebrate WES and the women who helped
found the Society. After being side-lined after undertaking crucial engineering and technical roles during the First World War, in 1919 a group of pioneering women engineers banded together to create  the Women's Engineering Society  (WES).  The society continues today to promote gender diversity and inclusivity in engineering.
The Bedford Centre for Women's and Gender History is delighted to present a panel of commentators looking back at the historic roles of female engineers.
  • Henrietta Heald, author
  • Nina Baker, engineering historian on the first female electrical engineers
  • Jane Robinson, historian and author
  • Elizabeth Donnelly, the CEO of the Women's Engineering Society.
Book your free tickets  here.
WES Women: Victoria Drummond

For our Centenary year we will be highlighting the groundbreaking work of WES women and we are kicking off 2019 by remembering Victoria Drummond  MBE  (1894-1978).
Victoria Drummond was the first woman marine engineer in Britain, the first woman member of  Institute of Marine Engineers  and of course, a member of WES. In World War II she served at sea as an engineering officer in the British  Merchant Navy  and received awards for bravery under enemy fire.

She was probably the first woman in Britain to serve a full apprenticeship. In 1922 Drummond sent a Christmas card from onboard the TSS Anchises, the first ship she served on. The card is held in the WES Collection at the IET Archives and we hope to have it on display, along with other WES treasures from the archives at this year's Centenary conference on 15 March. 

Drummond has a good quality Wikipedia page  setting a great standard for us to emulate with the new and improved Wikipedia articles on the women engineers who have been part of WES 100 year history, as part of the WES Centenary Trail.
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 dawnbonfield@btinternet.com.
Payment to WES

WES will no longer be taking payment by PayPal, but continues to accept credit card, BACS payments and cheques.  Any questions about payments to WES should be directed to Roz Hamilton at roz.hamilton@wes.org.uk.
WES Young Members' Board 

Happy New Year from the Young Members Board!

2019 is shaping up to be a busy year for the YMB, with many projects ready to be launched. Here's a sneak peek at a few of the things we have planned:
* Running another Lottie Tour, following the success of Lottie's 2018 campaign
* An exciting essay competition aimed at secondary school pupils, with a theme associated with the WES centenary
* A robot competition, focusing on idea, conception and design
* Hosting another Panel Session at the Student Conference in November
* And many more...

The YMB will continue to let you know of their progress with these projects and if any members have a particular interest, please get in touch! You can email the YMB at YMB@wes.org.uk
WES University Groups Board

The student groups of the UGB saw out 2018 with the usual Christmas parties. Engineers can have fun as well you know! Support in a social setting is one of the most important things university groups offer, allowing people who feel isolated within the degrees to meet other like-minded women.
Many of our university societies such as Swansea and Bath held joint events connecting up other engineering, STEM and women's societies. Imperial closed the year with a talk from Jay Surti which was a fantastic lecture on the ultimate presentations. Loughborough held a talk hosting Ozak Esu IET young woman engineering of the year 2017 who gave invaluable advice on life after graduation. However, it was all party food and cocktails for Glasgow who held a slightly more traditional end of year celebration!
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 Turning Coffee into Code
Eleanor Yong Not Today

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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Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture 2019
The Rosalind Franklin Award is made annually to recognise scientific excellence and to support and promote women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The winner will receive a grant of £40,000 to implement a project to raise the profile of women in STEM and a personal prize of £1,000.

Nominees should have no more than 20 years postdoctoral experience and should have been resident in the UK for the past three years.

The deadline is 28 January 2019, 3pm.

For more information please have a look at the 
website .

Engineering, A Better Sustainable World Lecture

Dr Marlene Kanga AM, President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO), will deliver a lecture on diversity in engineering. WFEO is committed to advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals through engineering, one of which is promoting Gender Equality. Kanga is the 2018 Engineers Australia Professional Engineer of the year and has been listed among the Top 100 Women of Influence in Australia and the Top 100 Engineers in Australia.

For more information and to book tickets please go 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.

A Car  for Women
& Other Stories - Exhibition Launch
22 February 2019, City Art Centre, Edinburgh

This exhibition will explore the life of Dorothée Pullinger and the other 'girl engineers' who sought professional engineering training in Galloway during WW1. They went on to produce the Galloway car, described as 'a car made by ladies for others of their sex'.

The exhibition launch will include a short film about Dorothée's life. There will also be a performance by singer/songwriters who have been inspired by Dorothée's story. For more information please have a look  here.

StrongWomen Science 

Aoife Raleigh, a mechanical engineer, and, Maria Corcoran, an environmental scientist are the women behind a new circus show, StrongWomen Science.  In a fun, lively and fast-paced family circus performance, find out how jugglers, acrobats, fire eaters and hula hoop artists use science to create their amazing acts. 

StrongWomen Science seeks to promote enquiry, failure, inventiveness and accessibility in science and engineering, making it open to all, in particular young women and girls.  The show's development was supported by the Institute of Physics.

The next StrongWomen Science show will be coming to Newcastle in March . The London premiere is at Westminster Abbey on Friday 29 March. For further information email  ringmaster@circus250.org .
Instrumentation, Analysis & Testing Exhibition
2 April 2019, The Silverstone Wing, Silverstone Race Track

This year's Engineering Integrity exhibition will address the challenges of bridging the gap between the virtual & physical worlds. 

There will be over 60 exhibitors from aerospace, automotive, motor-sport, rail, off-highway, mechanical handling, civil engineering, industrial and power generation industries. For more information and to book tickets please go here. 
Connected Everything: ECR Placement Scheme

Connected Everything is working to identify the key challenges faced as digital technologies transform our industrial systems and to support new collaborations between academics from diverse discipline areas to address these challenges.

As part of its activities relating to people movement and skills, Connected Everything is pleased to announce a second call for its Early Career Researcher (ECR) Placement Scheme which is aiming to facilitate cross disciplinary research in the area of digital manufacturing. The deadline for submissions is 15 February 2019. 

For more details please email  moira.petrie@nottingham.ac.uk
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 corporates@wes.org.uk.  

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