Do you know a woman in science and engineering who would inspire girls to follow in her steps? Or a man or woman who has done amazing things to encourage women to follow computer science and technical careers? Would you encourage them to enter WISE Awards?
All winners will receive a money-can’t-buy prize of a day’s work-shadowing with a director from sponsor companies BAM Nuttall, Goldman Sachs, Babcock, NHS England, Rolls-Royce PLC, Intel, MBDA, Aveva, Thales and AWE.
WISE, which campaigns for more girls and women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) careers, is encouraging nominations for their 2017 awards, closing date Friday 23 June 2017. A new category is looking for the best toy for girls aged up to 11 that will makes science and tech fun – and doesn’t ‘smell of school’. Experts say after this age it is much harder to capture the interest and for STEM to be seen as ‘cool’.
Finalists will attend a dinner in London on 9 November – WISE Royal Patron, HRH The Princess Royal has presented the awards for the last five years.
Other award categories are talent award – for great recruitment; best apprenticeship programme; tech innovation; technology and science to improve health in patient treatment or care; one to watch for a woman under 21; woman in industry – in a leadership role; and world award for making a difference in society through STEM. There is also an award for a man making the most difference for women in STEM.
Helen Wollaston, chief executive of WISE, said: “Science, technology and engineering offer fabulous career opportunities for women. The WISE Awards are all about finding fresh role models to inspire the next generation of girls to follow in their footsteps. We also want to hear from men and from organisations – large and small – who are making a difference by breaking down barriers for women going into these traditionally male-dominated areas.”