The Inaugural WEST Symposium 2014 

While women make up about half of the world’s population, they form less than a quarter of the world's workforce in engineering, science, and technology fields and the number is in decline*. The numbers in Singapore, European Union (~30%)*, and the United States (24%)* may be more hopeful, but the gaps are still wide. The wide gaps indicate potentials that are untapped or lost.

The Inaugural Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology (WEST) Symposium seeks to help narrow the chasm. Held in conjunction with Marie Curie's 147th birthday, the Symposium brings together generations of prominent women engineers, scientists, and technologists to share their passion for a world of research and discovery - a world that stirs curiosity, motivates creativity, and strives for new knowledge pushing the frontiers of science and innovation.

Women have been key contributors in the world of engineering, science, and technology for centuries: Hypatia of Alexandria (ca. 351-415) invented the hydrometer; Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) wrote notes on the Analytical Engine that was recognized as the first algorithm to be carried out by a machine; Marie Curie (1867-1934) discovered the elements polonium and radium, and established the field of radiation therapy for cancer; Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868-1921) determined the absolute magnitude of stars, allowing astronomers to later plot their distance; and Grace Hopper (1906-1992) invented the first compiler for computer programs and popularized the idea of machine-independent programming languages and the term “debugging”.

The women in this Symposium too - have been expanding the boundaries of biochemistry, molecular biology, protein science, polymer, nanotechnology, information technology, computer and defense sciences. Showcasing their achievements is an important and opportune platform for encouraging and inspiring young women in our society to embark on careers and contribute to the world by not only engaging in but also persisting in the curiosity-driven world of engineering, science, and technology.

*Based on data from UNESCO Institute for Statistics, Woman in Global Science and Technology, Singapore Year Book of Statistics, European Center for Women and Technology, and the United States Department of Commerce.


Objective

To inspire and empower young women in our society to embark on careers and contribute to the world by not only engaging in but also persisting in the curiosity-driven fields of engineering, science, and technology.

Target Audiences

Students from Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges, Polytechnics, Undergraduates, and Graduates.

Young Professionals, Mid-career, and General Public are welcome.



WEST 2014 Symposium flyer
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