Empower Your Workforce: recruit, retain and retrain women in STEM in a changing world

Join WISE as we forecast, discuss, display, inspire and determine the future of women in STEM.


It’s more important than ever to master effective methods of attracting, retaining and growing the number of talented Women in STEM into your business. With almost 800,000 UK employees switching jobs last summer, according to the ONS, there is a clear increase in employees willing to move to suit their changing work-life balance. Since STEM businesses already face a chronic skills shortage (with the Institute of Engineering and Technology estimated a shortfall of over 173,000 workers in the STEM sector in summer 2021), employers will have to work harder than ever to recruit and retain the best female talent. 

Keynote speaker Dr Merritt Moore is an inspirational, female quantum physicist and world class professional ballet dancer, who has combined her physics and ballet expertise to create dances with industrial robots – featured in TIME, Financial Times, BBC and Vogue.

She was awarded Forbes 30 under 30 and was one of the 12 selected candidates to undergo rigorous astronaut selection on the BBC Two show “Astronauts: Do you have what it takes?” during the pandemic.

Speaking at the WISE conference, Merritt will talk about the challenges and synergy of pursuing two exceptional careers and the benefits of bringing one’s full self to work. She will explain how very different skill sets can be complimentary, as well as how recognising transferable skills can lead to diverse, innovative and happy employees.


Join us and other STEM business professionals looking to recruit and retain female talent, as well as women working in or with an interest in STEM. You can expect:

  • Inspirational speakers.
  • Knowledge sharing with other thought leaders in the Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) space.
  • Project showcasing by companies committed to an inclusive and diverse culture.
  • Sector insight to get your D&I projects on the right track.
  • Position your company as an employment destination of choice and attract diverse talent.
  • Network with high-profile STEM business representatives looking for female talent.

The range of plenary sessions include discussions on regional employment; reskilling; leadership; and more.

While our panel debate on growing allies at work promises to be one of the stand-out elements of the day. The in-person conference will finish with a drinks reception and informal networking session.

If you would like to attend our WISE Conference 2023 tickets will be made available to purchase soon.

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    Showcase your organisation in front of over 300 hundred people with attendees including:

    • Decision makers at C-Suite level seeking to understand how better gender balance will improve their business.
    • Women at all stages of their STEM careers looking to enhance their professional networks and men looking for solutions to attract, retain and support women in STEM. 
    • Executives looking to learn from a broad network of WISE members and adopt best practices for their organisation.             

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