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WIE Ethical Engineering Series | The Climate Crisis – What is the Role of Engineers?

Women in Engineering

The University of Strathclyde’s Women in Engineering Society is putting on a series of events  to discuss different topics related to Ethical Engineering: climate change, white saviourism, inclusion, and feminism.

These events are open to all, and attendance to more than one is encouraged! We will be building our personal ethical frameworks as it applies to engineering with important lessons and conversations about each specific topic.

About this event

The events of COP26 in Glasgow have shown a light on just how much work there is to be done to combat climate change, as well as the vast gaps between those most affected by the crisis and those who have the power to do something about it. Where do engineers fit into it all? What is our role in this unprecedented crisis we are facing? What are we morally obligated to do as individuals and as engineering workers and researchers?

As technical professionals, we are responsible for designing much of the technology and solutions that will both reduce warming and help humanity adapt to an already changing world. Yet, we aren’t taught to integrate our values into the design process; rather, we are taught that math and science are completely separate from values and ethics.

To challenge this viewpoint, we are bringing together an interdisciplinary group of ethicists and engineers. The basics of engineering ethics will be covered, and our guests will discuss what ethical engineering means to them. We will talk about what values are, and how to incorporate them into our design process (and how we already do!). This will be a proactive conversation, and hopefully will provide practical steps to everyone to take back to their engineering work.


  • Dr Jonathan Truslove, Education Lead at Engineers Without Borders UK
  • Dr Leslie Mabon, Lecturer in Environmental Systems in the School of Engineering and Innovation at the Open University
  • Dr Trish Glazebrook, Professor of Philosophy in the School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at Washington State University

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