International Women in Engineering Day celebration and outreach event


Keble College Oxford

Date & Time

Wednesday 19 Jun 2019 03:30 PM - 05:30 PM


All female researchers and academics. Anyone who identifies wholly or partially as feminine, or transfeminine, or any other gender minority is welcome to sign up to this event.

The Department of Engineering Science and Women in Engineering are pleased to confirm that in recognition of International Women in Engineering Day we will be hosting an Afternoon Tea at Keble College on the 19th June.

We will be inviting all our female (anyone who identifies wholly or partially as feminine, or transfeminine, or any other gender minority is welcome to sign up to this event) Researchers, Academics and students to join us at Keble College for afternoon tea, networking and to hear from our keynote speakers. We will also welcome into the Department a group of female school students to learn about Engineering as a career option. Students will then attend the afternoon tea and get a chance to speak directly to our Engineers.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Jessica Wade, Imperial College London

Jess is a scientist with an enthusiasm for equality. She has been involved in several projects to improve gender inclusion in science, as well as encouraging more young people to study science and engineering. Jess won the Institute of Physics (IOP) Early Career Communicator Prize (2015), “I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here!” (2015), the IOP Jocelyn Bell Burnell Award (2016), the Institution of Materials, Mineral and Mining’s ‘Robert Perrin Award’ (2017), the Imperial College Dame Julia Higgins Certificate (2017) and the IOP Daphne Jackson Medal and Prize (2018).  She is on the Council of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) and Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Young Women’s Board. In 2017, Jess was the UK representative on a US State Department International Visitor Leadership Program, travelling across America for a month looking at initiatives to recruit and retain women in ‘STEM’. She is a keen Wikipedian, and is helping to upload the biographies of women, LGBTQ+ and POC scientists – creating one every day in 2018.

Jess works on organic light emitting diodes that emit circularly polarised light. To achieve this, she creates chiral nanostructures out of carbon-based materials. Our world and our bodies are full of “chiral” systems. Understanding how to create and control left and right-handed systems will transform drug discovery, cryptography, the diagnosis of diseases and even our televisions.

Professor Anne Trefethen, Professor of Scientific Computing; Pro-Vice-Chancellor; Fellow by Special Election

Anne Trefethen is Professor of Scientific Computing and co-directed the new Institute for the Future of Computing with Professor Bill Roscoe, which is part of the James Martin 21st Century School.

Before joining Oxford, Anne was Director of the UK e-Science Core Programme, having been the Deputy Director for four years. The Core Programme focussed on the generic issues for e-Science applications and Grid infrastructure through the development of appropriate middleware and infrastructure in collaboration with UK industry.

Anne has worked for almost 20 years in industry and academia with a focus on numerical algorithms and software, computational science and high-performance computing. She was VP for research and development at NAG Ltd, developing a range of scientific, statistical and high performance libraries, Associate Director for Scientific Computational Support at the Cornell Theory Center and previously a research scientist at both the Theory Centre and Thinking Machines Corporation.

She works to enable and facilitate interdisciplinary research. Her own research interests include creating accessibility to complex computing systems through high-level languages and multi-touch technology, and extreme computing with a focus on energy-aware algorithms.