Last week’s WISE annual conference was our best yet. We heard from a range of fantastic speakers on issues ranging from neuroscience to apprenticeships, and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. It’s vital that we take the energy generated and turn it into action to close the gender gap in STEM.
WISE CEO Helen Wollaston has urged organisations to set targets to measure their progress against – as Lord Kelvin said, “when you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it”.
As the day got into full swing the conference buzz quickly outgrew the IET and #WISEConference2019 began to trend online. In total over 700 posts were sent across social media, reaching over 1.2million accounts!
A big WISE thank-you goes to conference partners Network Rail and sponsors ERA Foundation, Cordant Engineering, the IET and BASF. Not forgetting all the speakers, exhibitors and delegates who attended, for making it such a huge success!
One of our Tweets of the day!
Gail Distefano | @GailDistefano
"Reflecting on a truly inspirational day at #wiseconference2019. Recognising the value of emotional intelligence. Amazing speakers: 'Diversity drives INNOVATION.' 'If you don't see the change, get up and be the change'#CSOWISE
WISE Awards 2019
Don't miss out! Nominations close June 7th
Know someone who is doing amazing things in tech, trailblazing in their teens or working hard to address gender balance in STEM? Are you a technician inspiring women and girls? Nominate yourself, a friend, colleague or your employer for a 2019 WISE Award.
Gender Pay Gap Research Project
Quantifying, and closing, the engineering Gender Pay Gap
The Royal Academy of Engineering has commissioned WISE to quantify the gender pay gap for engineers in the UK, identify the underlying causes and recommend effective solutions. This research project is a key element of the Academy’s diversity and inclusion strategy, which aligns closely with WISE’s core purpose of achieving gender balance in science, technology and engineering.
WISE Engineering and YOU
Are you an Engineering or Manufacturing employer based in the Leeds Economic Region? Did you know that 233,000 young women opt out of science and maths career pathways each year at age 16 and more at key points in later years?
A few places are still available for 26th June FREE workshop to build confidence & progress women with STEM capita into the pipeline.
‘Gender Balance in Computing’ research project launch
We are excited to reveal that a consortium of partners has been awarded £2.4 million for a new research project to investigate how to engage more girls in computing. Raspberry Pi Foundation, STEM Learning, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, the Behavioural Insights Team, Apps for Good and ourselves will be working on the project. Trials will run from 2019–2022 in Key Stages 1–4, and more than 15,000 students and 550 schools will be involved. It will be the largest national research effort to tackle this issue to date!
WISE Knowledge Sharing Event - 27 June
Innovative Techniques for Improving the Recruitment of Women into Technical Roles
Registration is now open for Core WISE members and above for Innovative Techniques for Improving the Recruitment of Women into Technical Roles. This WISE knowledge sharing event will be hosted by WISE member Autodesk in Birmingham on 27 June (9.30-12noon).
Member Event | Gender Parity in Engineering
Friday 21 June 2019 | Birmingham Conference and Events Centre
Be empowered to recruit and retain more women engineers in the workplace and encourage girls into STEM subjects. This IET conference aims to deliver gender equality knowledge through practical advice and interactive workshops. It also offers a platform to share ideas and experiences.
The Innovate Irrigation Challenge
AB Sugar – The first sugar company to launch global call for ideas to tackle irrigation water loss
AB Sugar, in partnership with WaterAid and the Centre for Industrial Sustainability has announced a worldwide initiative to generate new ideas to reduce water losses from irrigation in sugar, and beyond. Great opportunity for people who are interested and may have a big idea to put forward. Prize of £10,000 for the winning entry!