Along with the Association for Women in the Sciences (AWIS), we're excited to welcome the world at the 19th International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists.  ICWES19 – Shaping the Future will allow us to share our stories of women in science and engineering through events, activities and field trips, and will be held on 4–6 September 2023 at the Aotea Centre in Auckland.

Co-hosted by Engineering New Zealand and AWIS, the conference is a fantastic opportunity to engage with your peers in science and engineering, and to enable others to share their expertise while exploring our shores.

The conference programme includes 3 days of in-person and online sessions, hosted in Auckland, and 2 days of in-person field trips, hosted throughout the country.

This is a country built on innovation in science and engineering. We’re excited to be able to showcase Aotearoa New Zealand to the rest of the world.

– Bryony Lane, co-Chair on behalf of Engineering New Zealand.

Shaping the Future 

Science and engineering offer a wealth of opportunity to protect our world and change things for the better. Technology is moving faster than ever before, helping scientists and engineers to understand more and to deliver better outcomes for people and the planet.

With this in mind, the theme of ICWES19 is Shaping the Future. The programme will focus on nine key areas of science, engineering, technology and maths which have the power to shape our lives and those of future generations:

  • Protecting and restoring the natural environment.
  • Enhancing liveability through urban transformation.
  • Improving transportation by revolutionising mobility.
  • Transitioning to clean energy.
  • Improving health and healthcare.
  • Providing food security.
  • Advancing technology.
  • Protecting people from natural hazards and other threats.
  • Ensuring STEM diversity and equality.

The programme will also feature keynote speakers from New Zealand and around the world, panel discussions, interactive workshops and opportunities for networking with like-minded individuals. Following the conference, attendees are invited to join field trips to see New Zealand STEM in action.

To find out more and register your interest, go to the ICWES19 website.

Key dates

9 December 2022: Abstract submissions close

December 2022: Event registrations open

Early 2023: Full programme confirmed

4–6 September 2023: ICWES19 event takes place

Women are still under-represented in many areas of science and engineering, particularly at more senior levels. Being able to bring women together to discuss not only the amazing work that they do, but also to find ways to improve the global engagement of women in STEM, is a privilege.

– Emma Timewell, co-Chair of ICWES19 on behalf of AWIS.

Submit your abstract

Organisations are encouraged to support their teams’ personal and professional development by challenging their female staff to submit an abstract on a recent project or piece of research.

Are you, or is someone you know, working in a key area of STEM that has the power to shape our lives and those of future generations?

Women working in the science and engineering fields are invited to share their work with like-minded individuals, by submitting their abstract to present at ICWES19 in September 2023. ICWES also invites men who are working in areas that directly impact women to present their work.

Submissions close on Friday 9 December 2022.

Submit your abstract

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