February 2019
Women's Engineering Society eNewsletter
Welcome to the February edition of the WES newsletter in our Centenary year.

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

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INWED 2019 Launch

Sunday 23 June will mark 2019's, International Women in Engineering Day (#INWED19). We will be encouraging participants to show the world how they can #TransformTheFuture in pursuit of more diversity in engineering.
This year during our sixth INWED, and celebrating the 100-year milestone for WES, we hope you will join us in recognising the outstanding achievements of women engineers throughout the world. We look forward to hearing about your events & together making INWED19 the best year yet! There are several early sponsors on board for INWED 2019, including; Boeing, Cranfield University, GCHQ, Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM), Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, NSIRC, OPITO & Royal Academy of Engineering.
To register your INWED event please visit  www.inwed.org.uk/events-2019
For further information  sign up to the INWED newsletter , visit  www.inwed.org.uk , if you have any questions please contact  inwed@wes.org.uk
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.  To book tickets please go here

If you need to book accommodation we've negotiated a special rate at the Holiday Inn Brent Cross of £75-80 per room per night. To book this call the hotel on 02089676359 or email reservations@hibrentcross.co.uk quoting ref 'Women's Engineering Society Event' before 22nd February 2019.
Phenomenal women - vote for your pioneering engineer  
The Phenomenal Women Project is a grass roots funded art exhibition celebrating the talents, accomplishments and success of extraordinary British Women though contemporary portraiture. Previous sitters include  Gen. Susan Ridge  and Hollie McNish. We are looking for female engineers to sit for this photography exhibition. For more information please have a look here.
How to nominate:  email Cath Heslop at  info@wes.org.uk  the name and email address of the woman engineer you are nominating.  Include a paragraph (300 words) explaining why.  A shortlist will then be drawn up, with the final decision made by a representative of the Phenomenal Women Project and the WES CEO.  Closing date: Friday 8 March 2019
WES Women: Monica Maurice

This month's WES Centenary Woman is Monica Maurice whose Wikipedia page was created at the WES Centenary Trail Wikithon in January.

Monica Maurice OBE (30 June 1908 - 20 September 1995) became the first and, for an incredible 40 years, only woman member of the Association of Mining Electrical Engineers. She began her career in 1930 working for her father at the Wolf Safety Lamp Company (Wm Maurice) Ltd. By 1932, as a director of the Wolf Safety Lamp (Hiring) division, she held responsibility for the supply of lamps to collieries in every important coalfield of the UK. Maurice joined WES in 1934. In 1951, she became Managing Director and Chairman of the company. During World War II, her knowledge of industry in France and Germany proved valuable and she rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Monica Maurice's new Wikipedia page is the fantastic achievement of one WES volunteer. Joining a WES wikithon means you can improve the representation of women engineers on Wikipedia allowing users across the globe to access information about the history of WES women.
Hilda Lyon 

WES member Hilda Lyon, a British engineer who invented the 'Lyon Shape' used for airships and submarines, is featured in a new book:  Extraordinary Women of Beverley . As well as this, plans are well-advanced to get a commemorative plaque put up on her family home in the high street of Market Weighton. Although the present owners of the building have promised a significant part of the cost, the society is still about £100 short and would be glad of donations. 

Anyone who would like to make a donation should contact Nina Baker nina.baker1@btinternet.com for details on how to give.
Women in Engineering and Materials Talk 

In January Chair of the UGB, Jennifer Glover, spoke at the first Women in Engineering and Materials event for East Midlands Materials Society. Jennifer started the proceeding by speaking on the history of WES, the centenary celebrations and current activities. Alongside Jennifer, Sarah Board the organiser of the Women's in Materials group spoke on the groups work within the IOM3. 

If you would like to organise a talk or an event for the WES Centenary please do get in touch with the WES office.

WES London Cluster 

The Long View: Elon Musk and Brunel

Alexandra Knight, one of WES's London Cluster had the exciting opportunity to be involved in Radio 4's The Long View to discuss the comparison between Brunel's Atmospheric Railway and Elon Musk's Hyperloop. Alexandra tells the story of her experience with the Radio 4 team in her most recent LinkedIn article
WES Young Members' Board 

International Women's Day is rapidly approaching and the 8th March will be here before we all know it. This year's theme is #BalanceforBetter. The IWD website it a great place to start with guidance on how to run events at your work, home or with family.  As was done in 2018, IWD have released Selfie Cards for the day which can be found here.

The YMB will be posting photos so we encourage you all to do the same, liking and retweeting too! Use the #BalanceforBetter, #IWD2019 and remember to check out @YMB1919 for our updates.

Apply now for the WES #LottieTour Poster!
WES YMB are creating a poster for a primary age audience using the concept of #LottieTour. We're looking for six female engineers to feature on the poster, including photos of Lottie at their place of work as well as a larger image of themselves. More information and the application form can be found here. Applications close 01/03/19 so apply now!
WES University Groups Board

This month the UGB welcomed Nottingham and Warwick Universities as our newest members. The board had their third meeting earlier this month where the board's terms of use were discussed, along with the plans for the new semester.
The different societies have lots planned including workshops, site visits and outreach activities. Some notable February events are the Diversity and Inclusion conference- Borderless organised by Warwick and Bath's networking event. Loughborough University has an exciting Female Engineer of the Year awards open for applications and panel talks from inspirational female leaders in STEM. The UGB is also planning special centenary events during the STEM week with the theme of remembering the past, celebrating the present and changing the future.  
JobsWES Jobs

(deadline dates given below)
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 Programming Languages
Eleanor Yong Tired or Anxiety

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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Tilly and the Spitfires  
Nuffield Southampton Theatre, 27-28 February 2019

A new play from 2TimeTheatre will tell the story of Beatrice Shilling and Britain's race to dominate the skies at the start of WWII.

Shilling, as one of a handful of female aircraft engineers, solved the design flaw that caused the deaths of British pilots when their Spitfires spiralled out of control during dogfights with the Luftwaffe.

Tilly and the Spitfires deals with Shilling's ground-breaking discovery, of her female friendships, and her frequent clashes with those in authority as she strives to make her voice heard in a war run by men. To buy tickets please visit the NST website 
100 for 100: Women in RACHP

In celebration of the WES Centenary Women in RACHP and the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) are reaching out to all women in the RAC industry to join the IOR with the aim of having 100 female members by International Women in Engineering Day (INWED). Deadline for applications is 10 May 2019. 

For more details have a look here 

Beer with an Engineer

Beer with an Engineer, a podcast run by Melanie De Gioia, shines a light on engineers as they chat about what it means to be an engineer in our current society, as well as their thoughts on the future.  As diversity is such a huge issue for the industry, Mel ensures that she interviews a ratio of 50/50 male and female engineers.

If you are interested in being interviewed for the podcast get in touch with Mel here.
Applications for the  UK Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships  2019 are now open with a deadline of 1 April 2019. The Research Fellowships are aimed at early career researchers from all branches of science and engineering who have up to four years postdoctoral experience.
Each application is capped at a maximum grant of £200,000 over a 2-year period. The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Government Office for Science are committed to diversity and welcome applications from women and other groups who are currently underrepresented across science and engineering. Application details can be found here .
Skanska, a leading construction company and developer, is partnering with Women Returners to welcome professional men and women who have taken a career break of two years or more to join their fourth Skanska Return-to-Work Programme. The majority of roles will be based in London and Hertfordshire. The paid programme will begin in April 2019. To apply see visit the Skanska website
Women as Leaders Programme

IMAGE has a limited number of subsidised places for women working in engineering within the SEMLEP region, to access Cranfield's Women as Leaders programme.
The Women as Leaders programme integrates leading-edge research with participants' personal experiences to provide practical learning about leadership and how to navigate your way in complex executive roles.
Women as Leaders is led by Cranfield School of Management's leadership experts who have worked with women's leadership development since the early days of interest in this field. 
The IMAGE programme is part-funded by the European Union Regional Development Fund. For further details please visit the website.  
Paris, 24-26 May 2019
This three-day workshop explores the importance of women in leadership.
Event attendees will work with facilitators to further shape their leadership style, helping them to become trailblazers in their personal and professional lives. Participants' travel costs from within the EMEA region will be covered by McKinsey. Accommodations will be provided at the event venue-a chateau located outside of Paris. Participants are expected to be available for the full programme.
Applications are welcome from: Female students and professionals (with fewer than eight years of work experience) based in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
 For more information please go  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 corporates@wes.org.uk.  

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