There was a buzz in the air at the WISE Awards 2015 in London last Thursday, the passion and the energy was palpable. To meet so many of our members was fantastic, all with their own distinct voices, personalities and plenty of humour. Sharing their stories on the night brought to life WISE’s message supporting our belief that our diverse and enthusiastic members can change the perception of Science, Technology and Engineering.

Also on Thursday, 40 years to the day after the passing of the Sex Discrimination Act, a packed WISE 2015 Conference kicked off with a lively panel discussion on how public policy can accelerate the progress of diversity in the STEM workforce. Hands-on displays in the Bloomberg Expo were thoroughly enjoyed by attendees who were also treated to the premier of 'Engineering Change' a film by ICE about women in STEM. If you attended the Awards and Conference please take a moment to complete this short survey, your feedback is valuable to us.

I urge you all, as I did at the Awards, to spread the message of WISE, show your children, your nieces, nephews, siblings, partners and colleagues the inspirational videos of the nominees.  Not just the women and girls in your life. As I said in my closing remarks, this really isn’t a women’s issue – it is about business performance. If you hear anyone say they are not sure women are cut out for science, or are “naturally” drawn to other things, tell them about the WISE Campaign.

With the gauntlet thrown down to re-introduce a Male Champion award by McKinsey & Company’s, Managing Partner, Vivian Hunt , I am looking forward to welcoming even more of you to a bigger and broader WISE Awards in 2016. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities please contact Communications Director Sarah Shaw

Best Wishes

Helen Wollaston
Chief Executive
The 2015 WISE Awards Winners
Girl Award – sponsored by Intel Corporation Ltd
WINNER: Stephany Baladas, Assistant Clinical Technologist Apprentice, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The judges were impressed with all of these incredible young people and they particularly loved the winner’s ideas about influencing teachers, parents and children.

Apprentice Award – sponsored by Rolls-Royce plc
WINNER: Caitlin StuartBuilding Services Design Technician Apprentice, Troup Bywaters + Anders
The winner set the bar high from the start in her interview. Confident, articulate, passionate and determined. She clearly knows and believes in the influence she can have on her company in employing more women apprentices and beyond.

Inspiring Young People Award – sponsored by Atkins
WINNER: Kris HarrisonHead of Lean Engineering, Selex ES
The judges found this winner motivated, thoughtful and a great role model. She demonstrated strategic thinking in her ideas which has dramatically improved results for her company’s outreach and engagement programmes.

Open Technology Award – sponsored by Bloomberg
WINNER: Amanda SmithCommunity Engagement Manager, The Open Data Institute
This passionate and energized winner proves that you don’t have to be from an IT background to understand code. She is a true champion for open source and open data, promoting involvement and engagement concepts across Europe.

Tech Start-up Award – sponsored by Goldman Sachs
WINNER: Professor Charlotte WilliamsChief Scientific Officer, Econic Technologies
The judges felt that the winner’s innovation is simple but has the capacity to make a massive impact on the world as well as commercial impact on industry. A role model with passion, she is accomplished and continues to innovate.

Highly commended Kanika Bansal, CEO, Medicen Devise Limited
The judges wanted to recognise this nominee who is full of inspiration and shows great tenacity.

Campaign Award – sponsored by Network Rail
WINNER: Women’s Engineering Society for National Women in Engineering Day
The winning campaign reached a huge audience with significant buy in from major engineering firms. It has created fantastic outreach opportunities and social media messages which have gone viral.

Influence Award – sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering
WINNER: Dr Marily NikaProgram Manager (eng), Google
A truly inspirational woman, this winner is a fantastic ambassador for the millennium generation. She is an authentic software engineer who is passionate about her subject AND about bringing in a new generation of engineers. The judges were impressed with her impact so far and could see that she is the perfect role model to draw girls into the exciting world of technology.

Health & Safety Award – sponsored by Amec Foster Wheeler
WINNER: Helen JamesBeyond Zero Advisor, BAM Nuttall
Her enthusiasm, dedication towards safety and high energy approach is incredibly engaging and her commitment impressive. This winner had infectious drive to continuously improve the safety message so that it landed with all the staff across her company. She is a great personality and an approachable colleague making a real difference.

Hero Award – sponsored by Babcock
WINNER: Dr. Jennifer Walsh-O'DonovanClinical Scientist/Rehabilitation Bioengineer, NHS Lothian
The judges were enthralled by this story of combining specialist engineering skills with a caring profession. The work of this winner impacts on hundreds of people’s lives every year and to her credit she shares best practice and collaborates with her industry peers.

Research Award – sponsored by Thales
WINNER: Professor Amrita AhluwaliaProfessor of Vascular Pharmacology, William Harvey Research Institute
The judges heard how this winner is very focussed on how the Award will bring credibility and backing to tackle what she sees as a systemic problem: that of women achieving senior roles in research and academia. Her ground-breaking research has the potential to make a global impact, particularly in poorer communities.  She has great confidence and charisma and is dedicated to mentoring and championing female researchers.

Employer Award – sponsored by AWE
WINNER: Bechtel
This employer has been declared the winner by the judges due to the way they have really embedded their business case and targets for change right through their organisation. The team has clear goals and measures, all employees have accountability and they are also pushing out their aims to their supply chain.
Lifetime Achievement Award – sponsored by Winton Capital
WINNER: Elizabeth WatsonRetired Head of Product Safety Assurance, Rolls-Royce plc
This winner has a wealth of extraordinary achievements, understands the challenges involved in balancing work and family and is demonstrably very strong both technically and managerially. Her advice to the next generation is simply ‘follow your greatest interests.’

Range Rover Evoque WISE Undergraduate Scholarship - sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover
WINNER: Temilolu Dansostudying Mechanical Engineering at Plymouth University
Range Rover Evoque WISE Apprentice Scholarship - sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover
WINNER: Emily Swatton, Mechanical Engineering Advanced Apprentice, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy
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