engineeringwomenThe Women's Engineering Society one day conference takes place on 4 October and is the annual opportunity for women in engineering & related technologies to get together and 'harness their energy'.

This technical event for the non-energy specialist has been designed to give delegates an overview of a range of energy technologies including nuclear, renewable, oil and gas, fracking, community energy, the low carbon economy, energy efficiency and public opinion, given by leading experts in these fields.

It will also contain one session for early career speakers who will give a snapshot of their work, informing and entertaining their audience. The conference is chaired by Professor Isobel Pollock, who welcomes us to the home of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, where she is Immediate Past President.

The Karen Burt Award for the best newly qualified Chartered Engineer will also be awarded on the day.

CPD Parallel Session
A parallel session running alongside the technical conference will give delegates the opportunity to complete some Professional Development

● EW Group CEO Jane Farrell will deliver a session on the barriers to progressing your career in engineering, how to spot unconscious bias in operation, and what you can practically do about it.

● Kat Sandford from STEMnet will give an overview and introduction to the STEM Ambassadors scheme, followed by a facilitated discussion about our latest WES initiative, the Young WES membership category.

● Daria Cybulska, will explain how to run a Wikipedia Edit-o-thon, with a view to increasing the presence of women in engineering on Wikipedia.

But the real energy of the day comes from the delegates. This is a great opportunity to meet old and new acquaintances, network, and engage with WES to find out more about the great work that has been going on all year, and if you want to stay on for a drink and join us for the AGM, then you are very welcome to do so.