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Warwick conference will make ‘critical strides’ on STEM gender bias

The University of Warwick has won the bid to plan, organise and host the 18th International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES18) for 2020.

Previously held at Warwick (ICWES9) in 1991, ICWES18 returns to the UK city next September.

Held every three years, ICWES is the world’s largest symposium for women scientists and engineers and will attract 500 international delegates from businesses, organisations and universities.

The conference follows a successful bid submission between the School of Engineering and Warwick Conferences, led by Professor Georgia Kremmyda. Georgia is Elected Board Director of the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES) and Chair of the Conference.

Under the theme of ‘Global Humanitarian Challenges’, the conference will discuss disasters resilience, renewable energy, sustainability, smart cities, resilient infrastructures, engineering and global health, as well as education and training in tackling societal challenges.

Professor Georgia Kremmyda from the School of Engineering at the University of Warwick and Chair of the 2020 conference, said: “By hosting this fascinating event, apart from connecting women worldwide in STEM, we hope to encourage more females to pursue a career in Engineering and Sciences and to offer an insight into the excitement and opportunities available! By supporting INWES in its campaign for gender diversity in Engineering and Sciences, we feel that we help building and sustaining the pipeline of female talent in disciplines which transform societies.”

Gail Mattson, INWES President, added: “Ever since the Women Engineering Society of the UK hosted ICWES9 in Warwick in 1991, women engineers and scientists from around the world have been looking for opportunity to return to this historic setting. Since 2008, when INWES became an official NGO partner of UNESCO, our organization has been recognized and promoted ‘as a solution to tackle the issue of gender imbalances in STEM’. ICWES18 will enable us to make critical strides towards our mission – to build a better future worldwide through full and effective participation of women and girls in all aspects of STEM.”