engineering careers  UWE celebrate International Women’s Day today with an event showcasing the achievements of female entrepreneurs
engineering careers  UWE celebrate International Women’s Day today with an event showcasing the achievements of female entrepreneurs

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) are holding a “Celebrating Female Entrepreneurs” event to mark International Women’s Day today. The event will be showcasing the achievements of female entrepreneurs and takes place at the Future Space.

Watch Our Born to Engineer Film Pushing Boundaries – Women in Engineering – Follow Dawn Bonfield on her journey looking at some incredible and inspiring stories of female engineers – could the next one be you? Celebrate National Women in Engineering Day on 23 June.

International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality. The theme for International Women’s Day 2017 is##BeBoldForChange. The “Celebrating Female Entrepreneurs” event is being staged to inspire and empower future leaders in Bristol.

Alongside this, UWE is celebrating some of its own STEM super-stars; in a blog post today UWE highlights some of the ground-breaking work its top female academics have undertaken.

Leading STEM super-stars at UWE include assistive technologies researcher Dr Praminda Caleb-Solly.
Dr Praminda was named the most inspirational woman in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in 2016 at the Red Women of the Year Awards. An Associate Professor in Independent Living Systems at UWE Bristol, Dr Praminda works in the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, and is head of electronics and computer systems for the UK assistive technology charity Designability. Her work focuses on developing technological solutions for people living with disabilities or long-term health conditions.

Dr Catherine Hobbs, Head of the Department for Engineering Design and Mathematics at UWE Bristol.
Dr Hobbs has been a strong supporter of increasing women’s representation in mathematics and for the past 18 years she has worked for a sub-group she helped to establish called the Women in Mathematics Committee (WiM). WiM is linked to the London Mathematical Society (LMS) and the group was established to raise the profile of women in mathematics, support women in the mathematics profession, improve practice in the mathematics community regarding gender diversity, and collect and disseminate data about women in mathematics.

Sanja Dogramadzi, a Professor at UWE Bristol was named in last years RoboHub’s annual ’25 Women in Robotics You Need to Know About’ list.
Professor Dogramadzi develops medical and assistive robots at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. Her research focuses on the multidisciplinary use of robotics in healthcare. She has been awarded over £2.5 million in funding since 2009 and is currently supervising and managing a team of 15 post-doctoral and doctoral researchers and junior lecturers.


The full list of speakers at the “Celebrating Female Entrepreneurs” event are:

Helena HillsTrue Start Coffee
Annali GrimesLitterArti
Marion GilletDesign Council Spark
Tess O’Shea – Euony Vintage & Seatox
Neha ChaudryWalk to Beat
Amy KingtonCommunity of Purpose
Katie Alcott Frank Water
Liz DavidsonEsoterix Systems
The Little Lollipop Shop


Find Out More at Celebrating Female Entrepreneurs

For live updates of the event, please visit our Team Entrepreneurship Bristol Facebook page.