September 2019
Women's Engineering Society eNewsletter
Welcome to the September 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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2019 Engineering Census

During our Centenary Year WES is collaborating with the Royal Academy of Engineering to survey engineers about their career experiences through an Engineering Census. 

Please help us by taking part and inviting other engineers (both women and men) to share their views. The social media hashtag is #EngineeringCensus.

The survey can be taken here
WES Student Conference 

8-9 November 2019
University of Warwick, Coventry

The WES Student Conference supports around 200 young women to progress in engineering and allied sectors by providing access to employer perspectives, development opportunities and networking. 
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. Contact to reserve your place.
More information (including bursaries) can be found here.

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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 criteria for inclusion in the list was that the women should be British, or have been influential in Britain during the period, have lived at some point between 1919 and 2019, and must be deceased.

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. 
Scottish Transport & Industrial  Collections Knowledge (STICK) Network Conference
6 November 2019 Glasgow Women's Library Glasgow

The STICK conference will be celebrating 100 years of WES and women in engineering. We have speakers who will celebrate the successes of women in engineering both past and present, explore the challenges around telling these stories and engage in the debate.

Speakers include: Dr Nina Baker (WES), Ceryl Evans (WES), Helen Close (WES) Emily Rees (University of Leeds), Liz Bruton (Science Museum, London) Katherine Kirk, (University of the West of Scotland), Anne Locker (The Institution of Engineering Technology) and Alison Nuttall (BAE Systems).

The full programme will be available soon. 
WES Centenary Women

Florence Blenkiron 

WES Wiki Woman of the month Florence Blenkiron (1904-1991) was the first woman to reach over 100 mph on a motorcycle at Brooklands race track, winning a Gold Star Award. Only two other women ever received this award, Beatrice Shilling and Theresa Wallach. In 1934-5, with her friend Theresa Wallach, Florence crossed the Sahara by 600cc in a Panther motorcycle, sidecar and trailer, riding from London to Cape Town without a compass. They were the first people to ever undertake this journey and received a lot of press interest around the challenges they faced. Florence made the return journey back through the desert on her own in 1935-6.

She later set up a chauffeuring business offering a taxi service to anywhere in the world which took her to Australia. She served in the ATS in parts of Africa during World War II, then ran a YMCA club in India before she and her husband Kenneth Kingaby returned to the UK to take up farming.

Until this summer Florence Blenkiron didn't have a Wikipedia page. She does now thanks to our WES Centenary Trail project and she also appears on our Centenary  map.
News from our WES Members 

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. 

Come along to rediscover the past, embrace the present and accelerate in
to the future!  For tickets please go  here
WES Young Members' Board 

Still time to sign up for #WES Lottie Tour 2019!

The  WES YMB is organising its fourth #WESLottieTour this year for Tomorrow's Engineers Week 2019. Our #WESLottieTour helps to show how varied and exciting it is to work in engineering! Last year we had over 150 engineers involved taking photos of Lottie at work, but we'd love this number to grow even more this year    

Our theme for 2019 is 'Then and Now' to celebrate the WES Centenary. We will be posting photos comparing how much engineering has changed over the last 100 years. 

Please email to sign up or if you have any questions.
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 Stack Hibernation
Eleanor Yong Grumpy Maths
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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INWES Conference 

11 - 12 October 2019 
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

The European regional network of the International Network of Women Engineers & Scientists (INWES) are celebrating a centenary of Women in Engineering! An event kindly 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; with the participation of  the European Platform of Women Scientists (EPWS).

Find out more here and r egister here
International Conference for Women Engineers & Scientists (ICWES) Call for Abstracts
11 - 14 September 2020
University of Warwick, Coventry
ICWES attracts engineers and scientists from all over the world, providing a unique opportunity to exchange information on their work and careers.

The theme for ICWES18 is  Global Humanitarian Challenges and abstracts are invited for the following topics:  Climate Change;  Education, Training and Ethics;  Ecosystems and Biodiversity;  Global Health;  Gender and Stem;  Infrastructures;  Renewable Energy Technologies;  Sustainable Cities;  Urban resilience, disasters and data;  Water and Environment Sustainability

Closing date for submission of proposal is 27 October 2019.  Submit your abstract here.
2020 FDM  everywoman  in Tech Awards

Now in its tenth year, the 2019 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards looks to celebrate the most inspirational women working within STEM industries, demonstrating the vast range of career opportunities that the sector has to offer for women.

If you know someone who deserves to be recognised then why don't you n ominate them today!

For more information about the awards have a look at the website here

Tomorrow's Engineers Week 2019
4-8 November 2019
Tomorrow's Engineers Week  provides a unique opportunity for engineers, employers, universities and schools to  showcase how engineers working in all sectors are on a mission to make the world a better place.

The Week will feature a 'Big Assembly' where around 50,000 young people are expected to take part in the same school assembly at the same time. The Big Assembly showcases inspirational engineers on a mission to improve people's health and the nation's well being by protecting the environment.

Employers, universities, schools and individual engineers can get involved to inspire the next generation of engineers by registering for a toolkit of ideas. Visit the website here to find out more.
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

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