INWES has been actively participating in the United Nations Climate Change (or COP) events for many years. In the Paris COP21 in 2015, INWES was represented at the consultations of NGOs. Once again INWES will be at COP26: in the Blue Zone collaborating with World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) on Saturday 6 November and in the Green Zone on Sunday 7 November, collaborating with Scottish Engineering, Primary Engineer and Youth STEM 2030, with support from 3M. The Green Zone events on the same day include a stand hosted by Scottish Engineering and Primary Engineer, and the second event is a session on “STEM for all and for Climate Change”.

This page will be updated with outputs from sessions! Come back for more.

Green Zone: STEM for all and for climate change

Green Zone, Glasgow Science Centre, TOWER BASE NORTH auditorium, 7 November at 11AM to 1PM GMT/UTC

How can STEM Women, Entrepreneurs and Youth Address the Global Climate Crisis?

The International Network of Women Engineers & Scientists (INWES) is collaborating with Scottish Engineering and other partners to create a gender-inclusive global conversation about the role of the young in STEM addressing climate change. This hybrid (online, onsite, offline) event is for the young, across countries and cultures. Entrepreneurship provides a way for younger people to lead mitigating actions. We will be taking questions and comments from the young and not so young around the world taking part in the event.

Speakers include:

• Jayshree Seth, Corporate Scientist / Chief Science Advocate, 3M, USA.
Time to STEM Scepticism! Hope for the future…

• Mhairi McCann, Entrepreneur / Founder and CEO, Youth STEM 2030
STEM and Entrepreneurship: How YOUth Can Change the World

• Dillip Pattanaik, Computer Scientist /Executive Director, OSVAWA, India.
Collaborative Action for Youth.

• Susan Scurlock, Digital educator / CEO, Primary Engineer, United Kingdom.
Creative climate change solutions from the very young

• Evi Viza, Mechanical Engineer / Lecturer, University of West Scotland, with participation from Kenya and Uganda.
Women and STEM in the Global South.

• Jane Tapel, Agricultural Engineer / Director, Bureau of Agricultural & Fishery Engineering, Philippines.
Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering Solutions.

A panel, led by Gail Mattson, Sustainability Engineer, Immediate Past President of INWES, will discuss engaging the young in STEM and the impact of climate change. Panellists include:

• Sylvia Ortega-Azurduy, Social Scientist / Founder, Ayni, Bolivia and Netherlands.
• Lorna Bennet, Marine Technologist / Project Engineer, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Scotland.
• Ifey Kanu, Civil Engineer / Food Waste Entrepreneur, IntelliDigestScotland.
• Belen Garcia de Pablos, Naval Architect / Chief Marketing Officer, Blue Ocean leading drivers (BOld), Spain.
• Roseni Dearden, Software Engineer / Activist in INWES, Malaysia and United Kingdom.
• Paul Sheerin, Electronic Engineer/CEO, Scottish Engineering.
• and Mahashri Ranjith Kumar, Young Scientist / Summit Design Team Member, Youth STEM 2030, India.

Youth STEM 2030 will be providing more Voices of the Young through a vox-pop video, and the event is being facilitated by Sylvia Kegel, Telecomms Engineer / Entrepreneur, Ivatra Service GmbH/INWES, Germany, and Sarah Peers, Mathematician / Associate Professor, New Model Institute of Technology and Engineering/INWES, United Kingdom.

Questions for the audience:

Young people and STEM women, join in the conversation:

  • What are you doing about climate change? What local projects and programmes would you like to share?
  • How does climate change impact you, your family, your community?
  • If you could tell decision-makers at COP26 one thing, what would this be?

Add your replies to the comments below! Get involved in INWES.

How to take part?

Livestreaming on the COP26 YouTube Channel – look for the Green Zone, Tower Base North and enter at 11AM on 7 Nov, or go to directly to: https://youtu.be/b-JnYBVVKFQ

Or attend on-site in Glasgow: information and tickets available here: https://ukcop26.org/the-conference/green-zone-programme-of-events/

We will be using the COP26 Slido system to connect with remote audiences: click here to add your comments or question https://app.sli.do/event/otr9egsk

We will also be looking out for any interesting comments questions on social media (using #INWESatCOP26).

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