The 2nd Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology (WiEST) Symposium is going to be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018(2-6 PM) at Asian Civilization Museum, followed by an Awards Dinner at the Fullerton Hotel.
The half-day event will feature a Plenary talk by Professor Frances Arnold of California Institute of Technology (CalTech) who is the first woman to be awarded the Millennium Technology Prize for “Pioneering Directed Evolution” – a molecular engineering tool that revolutionizes how we engineer biology with many industrial implications.
Other speakers include academics (NTU, NUS) and directors/CEO from Shell, HP, Merck, Veredus who will share the frontiers of innovations in their respective fields that are pharmaceutics, membrane technology, health data management, nanotechnology, and biosensors.
More information on the event can be found online: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/conference/wiest/2018/.
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 women in this Symposium have been expanding the boundaries of biochemistry, molecular biology, protein science, polymer, nanotechnology, information technology, computer and defense sciences. Showcasing their achievements is important and this serves as an 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.
Inspired by Marie Curie and her humanitarian spirits, the organizers are partnering with various organizations, including Singapore Committee for UN Women, L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science, and WHO to organize this symposium.
NgeeAnn Auditorium @ Asian Civilisations Museum
1300 – 1400: On-site Registration
1400 – 1600: Symposium
1800 – 1830: Reception
Straits Room @ Fullerton Hotel
1830 – 2100: Dinner