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's forthcoming International Women’s Day 2014 conference.

International Women’s Day 2014: Shaping Scotland’s future: women’s equality and constitutional change

On the 7 March, 2014 a conference programme that will bring together academics, gender equality experts, activists, and women from all walks of life, to talk about women’s equality, and the choices that we face in the independence referendum and afterwards.

Shaping Scotland’s future: women’s equality and constitutional change

Date and time: 10 am – 4pm, March 7

Place: Glasgow City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow

It’s free, includes lunch, and you can book a place at Eventbrite here, by emailing at, or by calling us on 0131 558 9596.

All people are welcome. Engender is an intersectional feminist organisation, and want to enable all groups of women to take part in this event. Please let us know on the booking form, or by contacting, how we can best do this.

We hope to see you there!


International Women’s Day Conference - The University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen

Friday, 7 March, 2014 from 09:00 to 16:00 (GMT)


International Women’s Day has been celebrated across the world since the early 1900’s. Originally, its aim was to provide a forum for women to campaign for equality and women’s rights. Over time, it has evolved and now in March each year, thousands of events are held throughout the world to recognise the progress that has been made, to inspire women and to celebrate their achievements.


As part of this worldwide celebration, the University of Aberdeen invites you to join us at our 2014 International Women’s Day Conference ‘Inspiring Women: It’s a (wo)mans world’ on Friday 7th March 2014.


Through the programme of high-profile speakers and invited guests, we aim to take an in-depth and thought-provoking look at issues which are central to career development for female colleagues at a local, national and international level.


The event will be hosted by Professor Neva Haites OBE FMedSci FRSE, Vice Principal for Development and Equality & Diversity at the University of Aberdeen.


The keynote speaker will be Lisa Jardine CBE, who is well-respected as both a leading Academic and Radio 4 broadcaster.


Other speakers include:

· Dame Evelyn Glennie, international musician

· Professor H. Russel Botman, Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

· Professor Lesley Yellowlees, MBE BSc PhD FinstP FRSE Vice Principal, University of Edinburgh

· Mrs Marie O’Hanlon and Mrs Susan Shaw, BP Aberdeen

· Professor Lesley Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Adviser to the President, European Commission

· The Honorable Lady Morag Wise, Judge of the Supreme Courts



This is a free event hosted by the University of Aberdeen


Equality, Human Rights and Constitutional Change

Where do women’s rights fit?

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is often described as an international bill of rights for women. This seminar will look particularly at how CEDAW could be incorporated in Scotland’s future and how women’s equality and human rights could fit and thrive in different constitutional settings.

Participants will hear more about the how Scottish women’s experiences were represented in the CEDAW Committee’s examination of the UK in July 2013. The seminar will also provide participants with more information about the possibilities for women’s equality in Scotland’s future.


10.00 am on Thursday 20 March 2014

City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ


You should come along if you work for a woman’s organisation, project or network or if you are an activist who is interested in campaigning about discrimination against women.

This is a free event. To book a place email please put the name of the event in the subject line and email including your name, organisation and any requirements you may have including communication support, access or dietary requirements.

To discuss or for assistance with booking please email Helen or call 0141 228 5958.


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.

WiRES Site Visit - Whitelee Windfarm

Whitelee Windfarm, East Renfrewshire

March 28, 9.00am-1.00pm

Book your place now

We are very pleased to offer our members a site visit to Whitelee Windfarm on Friday 28 March 2014, 9am - 1pm (tbc).

Whitelee is the UK's largest onshore windfarm. It has 215 turbines which generate up to 539 megawatts of electricity, enough to power just under 300,000 homes.

The half day event will consist of a bus tour of the windfarm, a tour of the Visitor Centre and a Q&A session with a representative from ScottishPower Renewables. This will be rounded up with a lunch and an opportunity to meet other WiRES members.

Please note that places are limited and all will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

The event is open to WiRES members only. Not a member yet? Don’t worry you can sign up for free membership here.

If you have any questions please contact us at or by calling 0141 337 8144.

Book your place now


WiRES Networking event & Expert talk with Catherine Hokin

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Edinburgh

April 3, 6.00pm-8.00pm

Book your place now

We are pleased to announce our next networking event will be held on Thursday 3 April, 6pm-8pm, in the Assembly Room at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI).

Join us at the ECCI's award winning new building for an informal networking event.

Attending the event will give you the opportunity to meet other women working in renewable industries in a relaxed and informal atmosphere, and meet our key note speaker Catherine Hokin, co-founder and Director of ecoConnect, and chair of Women in Cleantech.

The event will run from 6-8 pm. Wine, juice, and light snacks will be provided so please let us know if you have any dietary requirements when registering.

The event is open to WiRES members only. Not a member yet? Don’t worry you can sign up for free membership here.

If you have any questions please contact us at or call 0141 337 8144.

Book your place now


SWC Referendum Conferences

The SWC is holding a second Referendum Conference in Glasgow on Saturday 29th March 2014.

This Conference will look at issues facing women around the forthcoming referendum vote. There will be speakers from Better Together and YES Scotland.

If you would like to come along to this or you would like more information regarding the SWC's activities around the referendum please email



Let’s Talk About Sex:

Developing and Supporting Your Female STEM Staff and Students Wednesday, 14th May 2014, Edinburgh Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus, 219 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1DJ

This inspiring one day conference organised by the Scottish Resource Centre for Women in SET will address the key issues around gender in STEM education and employment, focussing on outcomes set by the Scottish Funding Council and highlighting the actions and measures that higher education institutions are taking.

Aimed at academic staff and human resources professionals, the event will highlight how HEIs can increase diversity in their STEM workforce, making use of the Athena Swan Charter and sharing practice on developing female STEM staff and students.


We have an exceptional line up of guest speakers who will share with you their expertise including:


  • Professor Andrea Nolan, Principal and Vice Chancellor, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Professor Alice Brown, Chair, Scottish Funding Council
  • Professor Lesley Yellowlees, Vice-Principal University of Edinburgh and President of theRoyal Society of Chemistry
  • Professor Yvonne Galligan, Queens University Belfast
  • Dr Sean McWhinnie, Oxford Research & Policy


The event also comprises 3 interactive workshops covering:


  • Taking action to support your students
  • Sharing ideas to progress your Athena Swan Action Plan
  • Supporting the career development of female researchers


Please note delegates will have the opportunity to attend two out of the three workshops.

Register Now
The event is free. However, registrations are being taken to confirm your attendance, workshop selections, special access and dietary requirements.

All enquiries regarding the event should be made to Joanna Glenfield on 0131 455 2267 or email



Scottish Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET)

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