Researchers given membership of Women's Engineering Society to celebrate centenary

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Nine scientists have been awarded a year’s membership of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) to celebrate the organisation’s centenary.

The researchers are Principal Investigators working on active Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) grants, and have been given the memberships to highlight Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) in the world of engineering.

EPSRC is a not-for-profit partner of the WES and the memberships, to run until May 2020, will enhance the researchers’ “understanding of equality and diversity in engineering and engage with EPSRC and ED&I issues in engineering”.

Applications from men and women were invited, with applicants needing to have demonstrated an interest in and appetite for tackling broader ED&I issues.

Laura Finney, EPSRC Portfolio Manager for Material Engineering, said: “Successful applicants are expected to build on this opportunity to learn and develop their understanding of gender issues in engineering in particular, as well as establish or enhance existing networks, and act as advocates and conduits of information for both the EPSRC and the WES.

“The WES provide their members with a number of benefits, including mentorship opportunities, access to a network of female engineers, opportunities to apply for bursaries and awards, as well as being able to serve on the WES council.”

The successful applicants are:

  • Prof Sanja Dogramadzi – UWE
  • Prof Alan Winfield – UWE
  • Dr Maria Pregnolato – University of Bristol
  • Prof Steve Eichhorn – University of Bristol
  • Prof Elena Gaura – Coventry University
  • Dr Yupeng Wu – University of Nottingham
  • Dr Tan Sui – University of Surrey
  • Dr Charlotte Willans – University of Leeds
  • Dr Qunfen Qi – University of Hull

The Women’s Engineering Society is a charity and professional network of engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration, support and professional development. It was founded on June 23, 1919 by a small committee drawn from the National Council of Women, which was created during the First World War to get women back into work and release men for the armed forces.

Reference: PN 30-19