Women in Engineering Affinity Group2021-10-13T19:25:21+00:00

Women in Engineering Affinity Group

Welcome to the IEEE UK and Ireland Women in Engineering Affinity Group.

IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) is the largest international professional organisation dedicated to promoting women engineers and scientists. The mission of IEEE WIE is to facilitate the recruitment and retention of women in technical disciplines globally. IEEE WIE envisions a vibrant community of IEEE women and men collectively using their diverse talents to innovate for the benefit of humanity.

The IEEE Women in Engineering United Kingdom and Ireland Affinity Group adopts the mission and principles of IEEE WIE.

Our Affinity Group is aimed at both female and male students and full members of the IEEE who would like to contribute in the promotion of women engineers and scientists through facilitating and organising regional events. This can include:

  • Industrial and research seminars
  • Career orientated panel events to inspire the next generation
  • Pop up networking events allowing young scientists to interact with science and engineering of the future.
  • Networking events at conferences.

As a committee, we also offer mentoring opportunities, especially to young women who are thinking about careers in engineering, computer science and the pure sciences.

Chapter Committee

Dr Annabel Latham
Dr Annabel LathamAffinity Group Chair

Upcoming Events

1407, 2019

UK and Ireland Section Scoops 2019 IEEE Region 8 Women in Engineering Section Affinity Group of the Year Award

The UK and Ireland Section Women In Engineering group are delighted to be named '2019 IEEE Region 8 Women in Engineering Section Affinity Group of the Year'.

1804, 2019

Women in Engineering at the IEEE 5th World Forum on Internet of Things

Sinead O'Keefe of the University of Limerick organised the Women in Engineering Program held in conjunction with the IEEE 5th World Forum on Internet of Things. The event, aimed at professional women in technology, was designed to provide an opportunity to create communities to facilitate knowledge sharing and provide interactive sessions for discussion and collaboration.

1002, 2019

New Chair for Women in Engineering Affinity Group

We are delighted to welcome Dr Annabel Latham as the new Chair of IEEE UK and Ireland Section Women in Engineering Affinity Group. Annabel takes over from Dr Keeley Crockett who saved as Chair from 2014-2018. Dr Annabel Latham is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science in the School of Computing and Mathematics at Manchester Metropolitan University.

IEEE UK & Ireland Women in Engineering Affinity Group Launches New Awards

The primary goal of these awards is to recognise the volunteers and members of the United Kingdom and Ireland Section who volunteered their time and made a significant contribution supporting Women in Engineering.

Where possible we aim to support diversity through consideration of awards across our geographical region. Awards include a plaque and a small monetary award in addition to recognition on the IEEE WIE UK & Ireland website. Awards will be presented at a virtual event.

The awards are:

Closing date – 11th September 2021

Apply for an Award

Your IEEE number is needed to verify that you are affiliated with the IEEE. If you do not have an IEEE number then provide the IEEE number of your supporter. Applicants must be from the UK & Ireland region.


Award Details

Describe in 500 words (max) why you deserve this award. If you are unsuccessful in obtaining the award we may consider you for one of the other awards.

Provide one or two references to verify your contribution.

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Up to two pages of supporting information may be provided.

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Before submitting your application please check that you have included the following:

  1. Application form with IEEE Member Number
  2. Reference from a person who can describe your role work directly or from a person who can attest to benefitting directly from your work
  3. A maximum of 2 pages of support material evidencing your work
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Your data will be retained for the purpose of processing the awards and then deleted.

Women in Engineering Resources

As part of our mission to showcase women in engineering careers, and to challenge stereotypes of professionals in these careers, we have developed a set of resources that we urge you to print and display in your workplace, school, college or university. We aim to show diversity, and would be delighted for you to feature on a poster or send us other resources we can share with the community.

IEEE Women in Engineering Posters

We have developed posters to spotlight women engineers from our section doing their work in exciting engineering and science careers. The posters have statements designed to enhance the public’s understanding of the contributions of women technical professionals.

We hope that the public will increasingly value the role of IEEE and technical professionals in enhancing the quality of life and environment. The IEEE WIE posters provide awareness about engineering, career options, and how engineering is shaping the future.

Furthermore, by disseminating the exciting opportunities within the field of engineering, we hope that future generations of young students will be inspired to pursue these disciplines.

Click the images to download the posters

WIE Posters Goals

  • Highlight the dynamic role models within IEEE
  • Increase public awareness about engineering careers and how they benefit humanity
  • Promote diversity within the engineering profession

Get Involved

If you are interested in participating in future editions of the poster, please submit the following information to wie-chair@ieee-ukandireland.org

  • short biography – no more than five images of you doing your work (jpg format, high resolution, 300 dpi, landscape orientation);
  • explain why you became a technical professional;
  • information or advice you would like to pass on to a young girl interested in engineering;
  • how your work as an engineer benefits humanity.
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