On 23 June this year, the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) will once more be celebrating International Women in Engineering Day (INWED18) and encouraging supporters to show the world how they are ‘raising the bar’ in pursuit of more diversity in engineering.

An important part of the INWED celebrations is the annual ‘Top 50 Women in Engineering’ (WE50) awards, made possible through a partnership with WES and The Telegraph. The WE50 awards aim to boost female uptake of engineering roles and careers by celebrating the notable achievements made by women in the sector. This year the awards focus on the largely untapped talent pool of returners and transferrers in the UK. The winners of these coveted 50 places will be announced to coincide with INWED18 celebrations.

If you or anyone you know would like to nominate someone for the awards, nominations open on 8 March 2018 and run until 30 April 2018. Visit the Telegraph’s website for full details of the criteria and how to apply.

INWED is a global awareness campaign, coordinated by the Women’s Engineering Society, which aims to increase the profile of women in engineering worldwide and focus attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in engineering and related industries. In 2018, INWED aims to inspire even greater participation across the globe, both online and through physical activities, by individuals, schools, colleges, groups and organisations. The theme will be supported by the hashtags #INWED18 and #RaisingTheBar so get involved and show your support online.

Commenting on INWED18, Kirsten Bodley, CEO of the Women's Engineering Society said:

"We are really pleased to have so much support for International Women in Engineering Day this year, where the theme is ‘Raising the Bar’. This chimes really well in the UK with 2018 being the ‘Year of Engineering’ and 100 years since (some) women gained the vote, whilst continuing to encourage global support and engagement in celebrating those who have visibly demonstrated their support for diversity in the engineering sector.”

Find out more and sign up for news on International Women in Engineering Day here.

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