February 2020
Women's Engineering Society eNewsletter
Welcome to the February edition of the WES newsletter. 
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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WESUpdatesWES Update and Events
The Future of Engineering & the Built Environment, Happold Foundation Lecture

We would be delighted if you could join us for an evening of insight and inspiration in conversation with  Yewande Akinola MBE, Dawn Bonfield MBE, Dr Ellie Cosgrave and Dr Priti Parikh.

Marking 100 years of the Women's Engineering Society, these four remarkable engineers will discuss the challenges and opportunities that the next 100 years will bring, and what the engineering and built environment professions will look like in the future. Please join us to hear their insights and take part in this important conversation about shaping the future of engineering and the built environment.

The Happold Lecture is a lecture series which aims to follow in the footsteps of the Happold Medal Lecture series which started in 1998 by the Happold Trust and the Construction Industry Council (CIC). Previous Happold Lecture and Medal speakers have included Harriet Tregoning, Emily Shuckburgh, Sir Crispin Tickell, Amory Lovins, Tessa Tennant, Sir Howard Bernstein, Sir Peter Hall, Patrick Bellew, Paul Morrell, Keith Clarke and Robin Nicolson.

The event is free of charge, however registration via the Eventbrite page is required.
Top 50 Women In Engineering 2020 (WE50)

Launch date 8 March 2020

The Top 50 Women in Engineering for 2020 will be launched on International Women's Day - this year's theme will be 'sustainability'. 

Please look out for more information on the nomination process nearer the time.
WES Early Careers Board

The WES Young Members' Board  has become the WES Early Careers Board (ECB). The name change reflects the diverse and inclusive nature of the board and the projects it runs. The new title is also more appropriate to the stages of career and personal ambitions of the group's members, further clarifying the group's vision and open mindset.

100 Violets Challenge Exhibition
We are pleased to announce that the seven successful WES 100 Violets Challenge te ams are in the final stages of preparing their family-friendly interactive exhibits. The exhibits will be  showcased to the public for the first time at our main exhibition event on 21 March at the Brunel Museum in London. Entry to the museum is free for all those visiting the exhibition. Come along and be among the first people to test out these exciting new exhibits. To find out more have a look here
11- 14 September 2020, University of Warwick, Warwick

ICWES is the flagship event of the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES). ICWES attracts engineers and scientists from all over the world, providing a unique opportunity to exchange information on their work, careers and offers many opportunities to discuss innovative technologies in the 21st century across the engineering, science and technological professions.

As WES is a Member of INWES, fully paid WES Members are eligible for discounted early bird and full ticket rates. To book go here.
WES Centenary Women

Ira Rishcowski

Ira (Irene) Rischowski (1899-1989) was one of Germany's first female engineers. Her family were Jewish by heritage but the children were baptised as Christians. Her father ran shipyards and took young Ira with him to watch the riveting of the ships which inspired her to become an engineer.
In 1919, Rischowski enrolled as the first female engineering student at the Technical University in Darmstadt. From 1928, she was employed as an engineer and in 1930 became a member of Germany's central engineering institution, the Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI). By 1933, there was a women's section in the VDI, but she refused to join it as it was affiliated with the Nazi Party.

Persecuted by the Nazi regime because of her Jewish heritage and socialist politics, she escaped to the UK via Prague in 1936 through the domestic servant visa scheme. She was invited by Caroline Haslett   to attend WES meetings and joined the organisation, crediting it with giving her hope in a difficult situation.

During WWII she was interned for a year at the Rushen Camp on the Isle of Man as an enemy alien, then released in 1942 and worked as a draughtsman and planning engineer. On her death in 1989, then WES President Dorothy Hatfield called her 'an inspiration to us all'.
Meet our new WES Cluster Coordinators

New Berks Cluster Coordinator

Hello, I'm Laura Angel - Field Service Engineer for Costa Express. I carry out repairs and preventative maintenance on all Costa Express equipment and look to continually improve machine reliability through my work.

I've recently taken on the role of WES Cluster Coordinator for Berkshire. I am excited to have been accepted for this opportunity to network our local Members and offer support and inspiration to other's to achieve as engineers, scientists and leaders. 

If you'd like to get involved please contact us using the email: berks@wes.org.uk

New WES Hants and Beds Cluster Coordinator

Hello, my name is Sotira Georgiou and I am a Senior Structural Engineer at Ramboll UK with more than five years of experience in the construction industry. I am the new WES Hants and Dorset Cluster Coordinator and I also sit on the WES Early Careers Board. I am passionate about inspiring the future generations of female engineers and celebrating the achievements of female role models. 

My aim is to strengthen the links of the South Coast members and WES and support local events and activities. If you are interested in joining the WES Hants and Dorset Cluster email us at  HantsandDorset@wes.org.uk .
WES Universities Group Board

This coming term Loughborough University are looking forward to an event with Electrifying Women, sharing the history of WES and links with the university. They will also be holding STEM ambassador training and volunteering later on in the term. 

Bath University are organising our annual involvement in the 'Bath Taps into Science' festival, local outreach opportunities with Bath Rockets and have launched the first 'Women in STEM' research lunch for post-graduate student and academics. 

Imperial held a panel discussion involving Electrifying Women and the Material's society and have several upcoming events including a panel discussion on female entrepreneurship, and volunteering and outreach at the Big Bang Science fair.
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 Woodlouse
Eleanor Yong Aspiration for Hibernation
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
RAENG Visiting Professor Scheme

The Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professors Scheme will be open for entries in mid February 2020, and this year the scheme is hoping to encourage more applicants from Post-92 Universities, women, and other under-represented groups in engineering.

The scheme is aimed at bringing engineering entrepreneurs and industrialists into the University sector to pass on their skills and experience of the workplace to undergraduate and taught course engineering students, in order to help develop employability skills. Each Visiting Professor is appointed for 3 years, with a stipend of up to £10,000 per annum. If you are interested in the scheme you can find further details here   

Over the past few years a number of WES members have obtained these posts, and it would be excellent to see more of our female engineers apply. Please contact Dawn Bonfield on  dawnbonfield@btinternet.com  if you need any further information.
Post Career Break Fellowship

Have you taken time out for personal reasons from your career in science or engineering? Would you be interested in returning to work if you could?

CERN has launched a programme to offer full-time or part-time Fellowships to science and engineering graduates wishing to re-start their careers. This is a great chance to update your knowledge and skills working for up to three years.
To find out more have a look here
Fundamentals of IEC 61850 2020
London, 17-19 March 2020

This training programme will provide  electrical engineering professionals new to IEC 61850 with a thorough and up-to-date understanding of the standard. Over the course of three training days, participants will gain valuable insights into the foundational data modelling concepts, the IEC 61850 engineering process, and the latest methods for testing IEC 61850 systems. The programme consists of 12 modules, providing a combination of speaker-led presentations, group Q&A sessions and practical exercises.
For more information and to register, please visit here.
Cordant Engineering Survey

Cordant Engineering are researching changing attitudes towards job hunting in the engineering industry and would love to hear from you! You can complete the questionnaire here

They are also looking for students at university and further education level to complete a related questionnaire; if you can support in finding audiences for this, please contact Helen Addis by email on helen.addis@cordantengineering.com.

AEMT Northern Meeting

The Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades (AEMT) represent engineering companies who manufacture, service and repair electric motors. They have asked if any WES members would be interested in contributing to their next workshop on 1 April in Halifax.
The aim of the workshop is to work collaboratively with young engineers, companies and educators, to discuss how we can attract and inspire a new generation of engineers who will help us to lead our companies into the Fourth Industrial Revolution. If you are interested in taking part please get in touch with Sam Agnew at sam@aemt.co.uk.

Dorothée Pullinger exhibition
April - May 2020, Dumfries and Galloway

This April and May the Devil's Porridge Museum
 will be hosting an exhibition focusing on Dorothée Pullinger who built cars 'for ladies by ladies' in Dumfries and Galloway in the 1920s. This exhibition will focus on her work and achievements and will feature objects from a private collection.

On Saturday 18 May Dr Nina Baker, will officially open the exhibition. She will also deliver a talk, answer questions and be available for informal conversation.
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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