October 2019
Women's Engineering Society eNewsletter
Welcome to the October edition of the WES newsletter.
In this month's newsletter we have the latest on all that is happening with WES this month and all the celebrations that have happened or are happening 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 Student Conference 

8-9 November 2019
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tickets are still available for our WES Student Conference event, which this year will be channelling the theme 'Transform the Future.'
The programme offers students a variety of talks, panel sessions and workshops focusing on technical skills, inspiration and career development. There are also industry professionals, a plethora of networking opportunities and a banquet dinner.  For more details please visit here.
Do get in touch if you would like to book; you can take advantage of WES Education Partner delegate fees and discounted rates for block bookings.
Interested in supporting the event? We still have exhibition space available at the event - a great way to network directly with the student delegates. Please contact:  Partners@wes.org.uk


To celebrate our Centenary year the 100 Years of Women in Engineering campaign has released a list of the top 100 women engineers in the last century. The Top 100 list was compiled by a list of judges after a period of public nomination through the website Magnificent Women.

The list includes WES founders Rachel Parsons and Laura Annie Willson MBE, and its first secretary, Caroline Haslett DBE, as well as presidents of the society, including the pilot and engineer Amy Johnson and the founder of the Electrical Association for Women, Mabel Matthews. Beatrice Shilling, who developed the valve that prevented Merlin engines stalling when diving also features; and Hilda Lyon, who developed the 'Lyon Shape' used for the airship R101.

Have a look here to see the full list of 100 Women Engineers. 
WES holds its 100th AGM

WES President Dawn Childs was joined by members old and
new at the 100th WES AGM on Saturday 19 October 2019. 

Following a postal ballot to Members, Dr Katherine Critchley, Adriana Vargas-Colwill and Dr Jo Douglas-Harris were elected as Vice Presidents of WES. Dr Pauline Smith is another new member of the Board, joining as Honorary Treasurer. There was also the all-important opportunity for networking and Kat Ibbotson of the Environment Agency led a debate on the impact of engineering on climate change.
WES Award Winners Announced

During the AGM, WES President Dawn Childs had the pleasure of announcing that Petra Gratton is the recipient of the Isabel Hardwich Award  for 2019, which honours a WES Member for outstanding and sustained contribution to the Women's Engineering Society over a number of years.  Holly Goodwin and Caroline Carslaw, both founding members of the WES Young Members Board, were awarded the  Gillian Skinner Award .   

Congratulations  to all our award winners, and thank you to all our active Members for the fantastic work  they do to make WES the wonderful organisation that it is.

Elizabeth Donnelly Recognised as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Engineering

Elizabeth Donnelly, CEO of the Women's Engineering Society has today been announced as one of the top 100 Most Influential Women in the Engineering Sector. 

The list was produced by board appointments firm Inclusive Boards in partnership with the Financial Times.  Read more  
WES Centenary Women

Jeanie Dicks

Miss Jeanie Dicks was the first female member of the Electrical Contractors Association and in 1934, managed the first permanent electrification of Winchester Cathedral, the installation of new heating and sound systems. The electrification contract alone was worth £3,000 (half a million pounds today) and used 5 miles of specially manufactured cable. Installing heating and electrifying the choir-stall lights meant pipes and cables had to be run through the crypt, including the removal and reburying of coffins - except for that of Jane Austen, which was moved gently to one side.
The 'Woman's Cathedral Job' received press coverage across the world. Under Miss Dicks' management, Dicks Ltd. worked in most of the significant buildings of Winchester and great houses of Hampshire. For more about Jeannie have a look at her Wikipedia page.

News from our WES Members 

WES Scotland 

Earlier this month WES Scotland celebrated the 110th James Watt Dinner organised by IESIS. The occasion was marked by WES stalwart, the late civil engineer Molly Fergusson, being inducted into the  Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame  - the fourth WES member to be so honoured. 

Previous inductees were Dorothee Pullinger (2012), Anne Gillespie Shaw (2017) and Victoria Drummond (2018).
WES Herts & Beds Cluster

Dr Emma Taylor
Centenary Celebration Summit
27 November 2019, University of Hertfordshire

We will be hosting an evening celebration with talks from WES Members Dr Emma Taylor and Dr Nina Baker.  There will also be a graphic design showcase, student group opportunities, networking and the chance to get involved with WES projects like the Centenary Trail. 

WES London Cluster

2020 Planning 
After an amazing Centenary year in 2019 it's time for us to reflect on what exciting events we can organise in 2020. The WES London Cluster Committee is looking to launch initiatives that will help you in your career and aspirations. If you have any ideas or suggestions please contact us at  weslondoncluster@gmail.com

IET Young Women Engineer of the Year 2019
Winners of Young Women Engineer of the Year 2019
The WES London Cluster is dressing up to attend this year's IET Young Women Engineer of the Year awards. This is a fantastic evening and it is truly inspiring to hear from the women engineers about their amazing careers.  Who knows, maybe one of them could be a  fu ture WES President! 

Join us on the 5 December to celebrate our peers. Book your ticket directly on the IET Website. It's free to attend, but tickets do go fast!
WES Young Members' Board 

WES 100 Violets Challenge 

The YMB WES 100 Violets Challenge has now begun!

Following the September application deadline the top eight teams were selected to go forward and to develop their exhibition ideas. We held the first of two training days in London earlier this month with Science Made Simple and it was a real success - fantastic talks and a great opportunity to find out more about exhibition ideas. 

The WES YMB will keep you posted about the next stages in the 100 Violets Challenge in 2020. 
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.

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Events Upcoming Events
The WES website events listing includes events from across the country of interest to women engineers.  View it here.
news More News
Visiting Teaching Engineers Scheme 

The Visiting Teaching Engineers (VTE) scheme brings professional female engineers or technicians into FE colleges to enrich the learning experience and create role models for those studying STEM subjects, especially females, encouraging them to pursue careers as professional engineers/technicians.

If your college is interested in applying please have a look here for more details and to make an application.
INWES Conference 

Earlier this month INWES celebrated a centenary of Women in Engineering. 

This event was organised by Scottish Engineering and INWES member volunteers; hosted by Heriot-Watt University; supported by EquateScotland; the Women in Technology Initiative at the University of California, Berkeley; Leonardo; ID Rethinking Waste Initiative and with the participation of  the European Platform of Women Scientists (EPWS).  Read more...
FISTA 2020 Congress
14 - 18 September 2020, Prague
The theme of the FISTA 2020 Congress is 'Automobile and Mobility. New Roles. New Challenges'. The Congress will feature plenary sessions, technical presentations and leading keynote speakers.
The Call for Papers is available  here  - submit your abstract and round table theme by 30 November 2019. Partnership and Exhibition opportunities are also available - find out more  here.
Tomorrow's Engineers Week 2019
4-8 November 2019
Tomorrow's engineers have produced a range of social media templates for Tomorrows Engineers Week 2018 (#TEWeek18), which you can adapt for your own requirements. 

If you'd like to get involved please visit here to download the templates and follow the simple instructions to tailor them to your organisation. 

If you use the official hashtag #TEWeek18, Tomorrow's Engineers will retweet any content you produce.
Graduate Engineering Engagement Programme (GEEP)  
6 - 7 November 2019, NEC Birmingham  

Run by Royal Academy of Engineering and  SEO London the GEEP aims to increase diversity and inclusion across the engineering profession with an ultimate vision to create an inclusive profession that inspires, attracts and retains people from diverse backgrounds and reflects UK society. 
The workshops are free for students to attend and are designed to give participants a good insight into the engineering industry and equip them with the necessary skills to tackle the application process. 
The GEEP is open to students of all years of study as well as recent graduates studying relevant degrees for the engineering industry. Information on how to apply can be found 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: partners@wes.org.uk
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