April 2018
Women's Engineering Society eNewsletter
Welcome to the April edition of the WES newsletter. 

In this month's newsletter we have the latest on INWED18 and bring you updates from WES, upcoming events, job vacancies and all other news.

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WES is delighted to announce that three of our projects (listed below) are featured on the educational section of the Year of Engineering website These  form a large library of resources aimed at providing STEM education resources to support teachers.
International Women in Engineering Day schools resources - INWED18 Resource Pack is full of ways to get involved in celebrating International Women in Engineering Day 2018. Download to get planning for 23 June! 

INWED Draw an engineer competition - Help celebrate International Women in Engineering Day. Aimed at KS 1 and 2, it's a great way to get schools involved. More info here. Closing date 25 June.


WES YMB STEM Challenge videos - Exploring the world of engineering with WES YMB's young female engineers; for more info see the WES Young Members Board below. 

The page  has received thousands of hits already and is well worth a look to see what other organisations are offering in support of the Year of Engineering.


We have just received the fantastic news that we have been granted UNESCO Patronage for #INWED18! This is invaluable for INWED. One of UNESCO's initiatives is focused on engineering and was created to promote engineering education and to highlight the roles and accomplishments of women and youth in the engineering field. INWED is a great fit for this and we are pleased to be awarded patronage for a third year now.
Please help us in  #RaisingTheBar - we are aiming to extend INWED's reach even further this year and would appreciate YOUR help to make this possible. Please encourage friends, family, colleagues or anyone who may have an interest in the day to get involved;  the INWED website  has a wealth of information, including event ideas, suggested social media posts and a Twibbon campaign! #INWED18 is your day, so please spread the word to help celebrate women in engineering on 23 June! Remember to  tag us @INWED1919 

We look forward to hearing about all your INWED18 plans! 

Top 50 Women in Engineering

Don't miss out on applying or nominating for the Top 50 Women in Engineering 2018: Returners and Transferrers

Applications are available to women working in engineering or allied sectors/disciplines. 

Deadline for applications is Monday 30 April 2018.

WES Centenary Coming Soon! 

Plans are afoot for the WES Centenary in 2019: please keep an eye out for future announcements! 

We will be encouraging all WES members and partners to participate and will be running events locally in a similar manner to the INWED events. We will be offering a toolkit, again similar to the INWED toolkit, to all volunteers and partners to help with setting up of events and to link to one or more of the following three themes: remembering our past; celebrating our present; changing the future.
For more information or expressions of interest please contact Sarah Peers   comms@wes.org.uk . Some background information is also given here.


Geraldine Curtis is working on a new project photographing women engineers for an exhibition which will be part of the WES Centenary Celebrations. 

As well as taking your portrait, she would love to hear the story behind how you became an engineer. What attracted you; what have been the highs and lows of your work life; what barriers did you encounter and how you overcame them? And what would be your advice to someone considering a career as an engineer? She's not after the  next face of Vogue, but the career story behind the portrait. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Geraldine at  geraldine.curtis4@btinternet.com

For further images have a look here.

WES Young Members' Board 
The STEM Challenge Videos Continue!

The YMB have been continuing their STEM Challenges based on the challenge cards developed by the James Dyson Foundation. This month's activities have included learning about liquid densities with an easy experiment using only household items; and a very Easter appropriate clever egg box! Please have a look and share with your colleagues, family and friends.

STEM Challenge Week 16: Balloon Kebabs!

If you've missed any of the videos to date, you can catch up on  WES YMB social media pages - "WES by the WES YMB" YouTube Channel , @YMB1919 on Twitter and @wesymb on Instagram! New videos will be posted every week to give you a chance to have a go yourselves over the weekend. 
WES London Cluster 

This month's article by members of the London Cluster is on the impact of toy choices in children. The article can be found  here . Please share it and send your comments to  weslondoncluster@gmail.com

The next London Cluster committee meeting will take place on the 22nd May. If you would like to join the discussion and get involved in future plans do get in touch via the email address given above.  Our future initiatives include running a Wikithon, joining PROCESSIONS London (see More News below), and completing the planning of an amazing INWED event!

The cluster aims to continue preparing blogs and articles, available via LinkedIn and the WES website, so if you enjoy writing and would like to contribute, do let us know at weslondoncluster@gmail.com.

Big Bang Fair South East Volunteers Needed 
WES Surrey and Sussex have a stand at the Big Bang Fair South East being held on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th June. They are looking for volunteers to help at this fantastic event at the Ardingley show ground. If you are able to volunteer for some time over that period then please contact Kirsten.oliver@yahoo.com

More info about the Big Bang Fair South East can be found at:

INWES Newsletter out now

INWES, the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists produces two newsletters a year to keep all members informed. The latest newsletter can be found  here.
This issue reports on ICWES 2017 Conference Meeting, held in India, where a new Board of Directors has been elected for the 2018 - 2020 period.
WES members are encouraged to submit articles on any international activity related to women in STEM, the next submission deadline is June 1st, 2018. Please forward to  sarah.peers@inwes.org  in the first instance.

Spring Edition of WES Journal 'The Woman Engineer' out now


As well as containing all the latest news from WES, this issue features an in-depth focus on Humanitarian Engineering.  View as a pdf


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 Have you got something to share? An event coming up soon? A burning issue? A request for help? Let Daphnet come to your rescue! Many years ago, when t'internet was still an unknown world to many, WES and other partners setup the Daphnet email list for all women in STEM. Daphnet is named in honour of Daphne Jackson, WES president, first women professor of physics and general legend. Daphnet is still going strong and it is the easiest and quickest way to get your personal and quick call out.  Go to  Daphnet  for info, and for those of us wary of too many emails, you can request digests only!

The current Daphnet is supported by Imperial College and managed by WES past-president and wonder woman Pam Wain, who has asked for some support as she wishes to retire. Please contact  comms@wes.org.uk  if you are interested in becoming involved.

Restoration Project fundraising soars

Ruth Baldasera is currently fundraising to restore the graves of Sir Charles and Lady Katherine Parsons, key figures in setting up of WES. Sir Charles invented the turbine engine, Katherine was 2nd president of WES and their daughter Rachel was WES's first president. We are very pleased to report that the fundraising is going extremely well with over £2400 raised so far. For more information on the Project and to contribute please have a look here

JobsWES Jobs

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: Aspiration for hibernation (Click on image to open)
Eleanor Yong: Not Today
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Events Upcoming Events
INWES Regional Conference
11-13 May 2018



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Building Resilience in Further Education and Skills
16 May 2018 [£75 early booking/£90 members/£120 non-members]
East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham
Achieving Inclusivity in Aerospace and Aviation
16 May 2018
Hamilton Place, London
What measures are aerospace and aviation employers taking to increase the diversity of their workforce? What's the business case and why should the industry be more inclusive? 
This Royal Aeronautical Society seminar will bring together perspectives and the latest updates from employers and universities to address these issues, followed by discussion and a networking reception to share ideas and experiences.
21 May, 5-7pm
Imperial College, London

The official launch of new WES student group, WOMENinSTEM@IC 


Find out more


The Gender Pay Gap: Moving Forward 2018
22 May 2018

Sarah Peers, WES VP and trustee will be speaking at this event with support from WES Partners.


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POWERful Conference
23 May 2018
BEIS, 1 Victoria St, London 
POWERful Women seeks to advance the professional growth and leadership development of women across the UK's energy sector. They will host their first conference in London on 23 May.  The conference will look at the energy sector's response to the challenges in increasing the number of women in management and leadership roles, and will include training sessions to help continue professional development. There will also be the chance to network with other aspiring women in varied roles across the entire sector.

Please note that this event is open to everyone - you do not need to be a member of POWERful Women or the Energy Institute to attend.

  Find out more 
Women & Diversity in Manufacturing Summit
21 June 2018
Exhibition Centre in Liverpool
WES proudly supports Women & Diversity in Manufacturing Summit, brought to you by The Manufacturer.

Manufacturers on the right side of history will be talking about increasing British industry's share of the UK talent pool - by boosting participation from women and minority groups in the manufacturing workforce. Whether UK manufacturing has a problem with women and diversity - or whether it's the other way round - there is a problem that needs to be tackled if the country's manufacturing renaissance is to be sustained to fix it.

Register today and use our code 'WES-100' to get £100 off the ticket price. 

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news More News

  On Sunday 10th June, women and girls from across the UK will come together to create a vast participatory artwork taking place for one day in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London. PROCESSIONS will be a living portrait of UK women in the 21st century. 

This mass participation artwork will celebrate one hundred years of votes for women. WES members will be attending so if you are interested in joining us then register here   to attend for free.

New MSc from UCL 
The UCL Centre for Engineering Education is delighted to announce their MSc Engineering and Education, launching in September 2018.
This flexible and unique MSc is designed for anyone working in a department of engineering as an engineer or in engineering policy who wants to lead change and enhance the performance of engineers in industry or develop innovative strategies to improve engineering education in educational contexts or the education of engineers in work contexts.
The MSc has been jointly designed, and will be jointly taught by, UCL's Faculty of Engineering and the Institute of Education's Department of Education, Practice and Society. Students who enrol will undertake two core modules as well as being able to tailor their interests with optional modules.
Click here
  for further information and to enrol.

Engineering Integrity Society Peter Watson Prize 2018
A competition for young engineers under 28, including currently registered undergraduates, postgraduates and those working in industry. The presentation should be relevant to the Engineering Integrity Society and be based on your own work. Potential topics include: durability, fatigue, NVH, sound and vibration, simulation, test and measurement. Applications will be assessed by a panel and the shortlisted candidates will be invited to present at the finals in October 2018. First prize £400. Closing date 30 June 2018. 

For full details visit here

Shaping the future 

WES has been contacted by David Falzani MBE who is working with the main engineering bodies to help shape the future of the engineering profession.  David would like to have a phone call with any UK based engineers/technicians who are not members of the professional engineering institutions, to ask them about the evolution of work, and what new services of value could be launched, taking into account today's work challenges.
If you are not a member of a PEI and are willing to provide your input into this research, contact David at ( DFalzani@PolarisLondon.com ) or ( 0777 5814848 ). Any help you can provide to support this important research is much appreciated. All answers will be confidential.

Mastermind Callout!
The BBC are currently looking for contestants for their iconic quiz show Mastermind. 

They have contacted WES as they are looking for applicants from women in science, technology and engineering for the next round of shows.

If you like to read, you love quizzes and want an incredible experience then email mastermind@bbc.co.uk or apply 
here !

WES Member Success
General Welding Supplies (NW) Ltd of Widnes, Cheshire are extremely proud to announce that they have won the prestigious 'Best Welding Distributor' award at the 2018 Welding World Awards.

WES member Valerie Allen MBE, Commercial Director at General Welding said:  "We are delighted to have won Best Welding Distributor at the recent Welding World Awards. We pride ourselves in providing an excellent service to industry and to be confirmed as the best is a great  achievement and a testament to our commitment and professionalism."

Energy Institute Awards

The deadline for submitting entries to the Energy Institute Awards is fast approaching. If you or your organisation or someone you know has done something outstanding to shape our energy future, don't forget to enter in order to gain the recognition you deserve! The deadline for submission is 25 May and entry is free. 

Partner WES Partners news
WES   is delighted that Uniper has joined as a Company Partners and the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management  has joined as a Not for Profit Partner this month.

We would also like to thank  Edwards   which renews as a Company Partner and Queen Mary University London which renews as an Education Partner. 

We would like to thank all our Partners for their continuing support of WES.

WESoutandaboutWES Out and About
  • 19-23 March, World Symposium on Information Systems WSIS Forum, ITU, Geneva. Sarah Peers and Betty Bonnardel-Azzarelli participated in a panel session on 19 April organised by Swiss Engineering for INWES, providing WES with visibility throughout, Women in STEM as a business case for a better society.
  • 10th April - Adriana Vargas-Colwill represented WES at the BBC Radio 5 discussion programme on the Gender Pay Gap.
  • 13-14 April, Voices of Women in the Great War and the Aftermath, Black Country Living Museum, Dudley. Sarah Peers as WES Centenary lead, chaired a session organised by WES member Nina Baker on The Emerging Voice of the Woman Engineer, with additional speakers Anne Locker of the IET archives, Henrietta Heald, author and professors Katherine Kirk and Katarzyna Kosmala of the University of the West of Scotland.
  • 17 April, Nathu Puri Institute Thought Leadership Discussion & Dinner.
  • 18 April, Women in Materials Seminar, Filton. The Bath Student Group attended the Women in Materials seminar held at Rolls Royce Filton. The seminar focused on careers, mentoring and networking. WESBath gave a brief introduction on WES and the different range of activities, awards and events it organises. They introduced WESBath and talked about what they have been up to in the past few years.
  • 20 April, NECR, Birmingham,  The WES Karen Burt Award, Madeleine Archer, winner spoke at the 'Women in Engineering' Forum
  • 26 April,  European Women in Construction & Engineering Awards, London. WES Trustee Dawn Childs was a judge. 
  • 1 May Teen Tech City, London
  • 2 May Diversity Lunch, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, London
  • 22 May  Women in STEM Conference  WES CEO Kirsten Bodley will be speaking
  • 23 May POWERful Women Annual Conference, London
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