EVENTS: Scotland and UK wide

in this post you will find a selection of up and coming events and programmes relating to gender and women's participation in the labour market.



Engender hosts a range of conferences, seminars, round-tables and discussions to explore women’s inequality, and share strategies to challenge it.

Some of events are members only, but all are welcome at their public events.

Open Space Workshops

Engender are working towards gaining a better understanding of women’s experiences and views of intra-Christian sectarianism.

We are holding a series of Open Space workshops to explore women’s experiences of and ideas on the relationship between sectarianism, faith, family and community. So far discussions on women and sectarianism have been focused around football and domestic abuse. The aim of these events is to bring women together to talk about the impact sectarianism has (or doesn’t have) on their lives and how women can work together to make their communities strong and resilient.

What is Open Space? The ‘Open Space’ way of working was created in 1985 and brings people together to discuss a common theme. Open Space is fully participative, there are no talking heads, and it believes that the participants are the real experts. Just come along with an open mind and your thoughts and opinions.

Open space workshops are scheduled as follows:

Edinburgh: June 3, 2014, 10.00 – 16.00 - Café Camino. Book for this event

Kilmarnock: June 11, 2014, 10.00 – 16.00 - Palace & Grand Hall Complex. Book for this event

Oban: June 13, 2014, 10.00 – 16.00 - The Regent Hotel. Book for this event

Aberdeen: June 17, 2014, 10.00 – 16.00 - Carmelite Hotel. Book for this event

For more information please contact Rosaria Votta at Engender by emailing or call 0131 558 9596.


SRC Women in Science, Engineering and Technology

‘Sticky Floors & Glass Ceilings’

FREE Career Development Workshop

For women with qualifications in Science, Engineering or Technology

Wednesday 4th June 2014, 10am – 4pm, Edinburgh

Do women hold themselves back? There is a considerable body of evidence which shows that women can encounter structural barriers to their progression at work in the SET professions - that glass (or sometimes concrete) ceiling. There is also evidence which points to the ‘sticky floors’ that can prevent women from making the most of their skills, knowledge and abilities – these more internal barriers which can hold women back. The good news is that there can be progress on both fronts. This workshop will look at tackling these structural barriers. Due to funding this workshop is aimed at women working in business and industry.


Women in Renewable Energy Scotland (WiRES)

WiRES is a network for women working, or who would like to work, in the renewable energy sector in Scotland. Our aim is to support women's participation in the sector through information, education, and networking opportunities.

Site visit to Gask Farm Biogas Plant

Friday, 6 June, 11.30am-5.00pm, Turriff, Aberdeenshire

Book your place now

We are very pleased to offer our members the opportunity to visit the award-winning Gask Farm Biogas Plant in Turriff, Aberdeenshire, on 6 June 2014.

The event will include transport from Inverurie train station to Turriff, a networking lunch, and an introductory presentation on AD and biogas by a representative from Zebec Energy. We will then take a guided tour at the Gask's AD plant and hear from Gask's owner Andrew Rennie about the innovative process that turns waste into a resource.

This event is organised in partnership with the Scottish Biofuel Programme.

If you have any questions, please contact us on 0141 337 8144 or email

Please book your place below. Final agenda and transport information to be confirmed.

Pelamis Wave Power Ltd., Leith, Edinburgh

August 29, 10.00am-1.00pm

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We are pleased to organise a site visit for women to Pelamis Wave Power, the world’s most advanced wave energy technology company.

We will hold a presentation/Q&A session, followed by a tour of the facilities, including Control room, Fabrication bay, and Component testing/hydraulics bay.

Please register your interest below. The agenda will be confirmed in due course.

Networking Event

September 25, 6.00pm-8.00pm - Edinburgh

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We are delighted that Judith Patten will attend our September event in Edinburgh which will be an opportunity for networking and information sharing in a relaxed atmosphere.

Judith is the founder of All-Energy, the UK’s largest renewable energy event, and winner of Scottish Renewables' Outstanding Contribution award 2012.

Please register your interest below. Venue and agenda will be confirmed in due course.


Masterclass with Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock

University of Strathclyde, 26 June, 2014

Join physicist, engineer, and television scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock on this one day practical course to learn how to communicate your research effectively with clarity and passion.


Delivering Human Rights - A Constitution for Scotland?

One Day Conference GLASGOW

Human Rights Consortium Scotland

Friday, 27 June 2014 from 09:15 to 16:15

The confirmed speakers include the Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Professor James Mitchell and Graham Sutherland from Fife Law Centre. The Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law is helping us to put on this event and our work on this project has been funded as part of our grant from the Thomas Paine Initiative. To register for a free place and to choose your workshop please go to Places are limited so you are encouraged to register promptly. Although the places are free, please advise if you are no longer able to attend so that the place can be allocated to someone else. Entry to the conference is by ticket only. One week before the conference, you will be sent copies of the final agenda, your allocated workshop and the exact venue within the campus. Please download information about the conference and the workshops here: Constitution Conference Guide:



Inspiring Women: Masculinities

September 20, 2014, 11.00 – 13.00

Room 3, STUC, Glasgow

Only members can book this event. If you are a member of Engender, please sign in now to book.

Inspiring Women events bring Engender members together to consider and discuss feminist issues. They are women only spaces, and give women the opportunity to talk about their own ideas and perspectives.

This Inspiring Women will be discussing masculinities.

Masculinities and men are not the same thing. Masculinities refer to gender relations, the position of men and how people engage with that position. It is a commonly held belief that masculinity is innate and cannot be changed but there is significant evidence that there are multiple masculinities and that these change over time and that they are subject to influence.

This session gives Engender members an opportunity to reflect on the predominant masculinities in Scotland to day and how feminists can best engage with theories and practice around masculinities.

Inspiring Women: Pornography and new media

November 15, 2014, 11.00 – 13.00

The Melting Pot, Edinburgh

Only members can book this event. If you are a member of Engender, please sign in now to book.

Inspiring Women events bring Engender members together consider and discuss feminist issues. They are women only spaces, and give women the opportunity to talk about their own ideas and perspectives.

This Inspiring Women will be discussing pornography and new media.

The rise of the Internet and increased use of social media has provided millions of consumers with the opportunity to purchase and view pornography almost anonymously, and to share and abuse personal images.

This session offers an opportunity for Engender members to discuss the implications and consequences of pornography in the digital age.

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