INWES decided in 2008 to encourage the different regions of the world to establish their own regional networks to facilitate communication and more regional activities. By doing this, it hopes to enable women in the various regions of the world to realize their full potential in STEM.
INWES APNN, the Asia and Pacific Nation Network, was established under the umbrella of INWES, as the first regional network, in 2011. INWES APNN was launched in 2011 during ICWES15 in Adelaide, Australia. In 2014, INWES the African Regional Network (ARN) was established during ICWES16 in Los Angeles, USA, followed by the INWES Europe recently, in 2015 and now INWES MENA in 2018.
INWES has encouraged the establishment of regional networks to foster and promote its activities in a physically close and similar time zone region. These regional networks help facilitate communication and develop regional activities based on common interests and the regional problems they face. By doing this, it hopes to enable women in the various regions of the world to realize their full potential in STEM.
These networks are not independent from the central INWES but support the work of INWES in their regions. They can hold conferences and workshops or different activities in accordance with the rules and procedures and the by-laws of INWES. Ideally the annual plans are submitted to INWES for approval in the fall of the year.