15th International Conference for Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES15)

Event:15th International Conference for Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES15)
Destination:Adelaide, Australia
Duration:July 2011
Since 1964, the International Conference for Women Engineers and Scientists has been held every three years to provide an important forum for the exchange of information and ideas for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The 15th conference in the series, ICWES15, was hosted in Adelaide and attracted around 500 delegates from as many as 40 countries around the world.

“This is the first time such an international conference for women was held in the Southern Hemisphere, and is testament to the attraction of Australia as a destination, as well as the health of our profession,” said Dr Marlene Kanga, Co-Chair of the Organising Committee.

The idea to host the event in Australia was initially seeded more than 10 years ago. Since that time many people – including those from the Engineers Australia National Committee for Women in Engineering, the Adelaide Convention Bureau and the Adelaide Convention Centre – have been committed to successfully securing the bid and developing an extremely high quality program.

Dr Kanga said she believed the choice of Adelaide was driven by well-established local support, particularly from the South Australian business event industry, the government of South Australia and local government in Adelaide, and the engineering profession.

Dr Maria Jesús Prieto-Laffargue, a telecommunications engineer and the first woman to be President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations was a keynote speaker, as was Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Taylor, AO, a leading academic and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Sciences, Engineering & Health at Central Queensland University.

“These addresses, plus a carefully designed program of workshops and other sessions, provided a wonderful platform for participants to network, meet successful women in their chosen fields and celebrate the achievements of women engineers and scientists,” Dr Kanga said.

This conference series is incredibly important in providing an opportunity for women in our profession to discuss innovative engineering, science and technological practices, to network with colleagues in business, academia and government.

Dr Marlene Kanga, Organising Committee Co-Chair