STICK Annual Conference 2019

100 Years of Women in Engineering

6th November 2019

Glasgow Women’s Library

23 Landressy St, Glasgow, G40 1BP

Women testing boiler tubes at John Brown & Co., Clydebank

National Records of Scotland UCS1/118/393/10

2019 marks the centenary of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES). The Society was founded to support women engineers who, although welcomed into the profession during World War One, were often told “not to get comfortable” and came under pressure at the end of the war to leave the workforce to release jobs for men returning from the forces. The Women’s Engineering Society sought to resist this pressure, but also to promote engineering as a rewarding job for women as well as men.

The STICK conference seeks to celebrate 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.

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10:00 – 10:30 Registration & tea/coffee

10:30 – 10:45 Welcome and housekeeping

10:45 – 11:30 Keynote, Dr Nina Baker – More than Pioneers: 100 years of Women in Engineering

11:30 – 12:15 Anne Locker, Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) – “Unladylike Exploits with Wiring”: re-examining the records of women in engineering

12:15 – 12:30 Coffee break

12:30 – 13:15 Ceryl Evans & Helen Close (Women’s Engineering Society) – “Editing Women Engineers Back Onto the Map”: The challenges of developing and delivering the WES Centenary Trail

13:15 – 13:45 Lunch

13:45 – 14:30 Graeme Gooday, Elizabeth Bruton, Emily Rees (Electrifying Women – Leeds University & The Science Museum) – Women in Engineering pre-WW1

14:30 – 15:15 Katherine Kirk (University of the West of Scotland) – Women at Work: “Engineering for Educated Women” at Galloway Engineering Co. Tongland

15:15 – 16:00 Alison Nuttall (BAE Systems) – TBC