A programme of activity including lectures, tours, round table events and media work took place last week to mark National Women in Engineering Day.
The programme also showcased the opportunities and the diversity of civil engineering careers.
Female civil engineers featured as case studies in a range of media, advocating the benefits of careers in civil engineering and sharing their experiences. Regional radio interviews also took place around the country.
Denise Bower, an ICE Fellow and chair of the Institution’s capacity building expert panel, took part in a round table discussion on women in engineering and featured in a special women in engineering supplement in the Independent newspaper, which set up a website to promote it at www.womenengineers.co.uk.
A social media programme was also organised for the day to build momentum around the campaign. This featured quotes from ICE case studies and drove traffic to careers pages on the ICE website.
The Institution organised a number of under-19s events across the UK regions designed to generate interest among young women for a career in civil engineering. Among these were a tour of the Think Tank Science Museum in Birmingham, a Bridges to Schools event at Middlesbrough College and an evening lecture in Cardiff.
ICE Publishing also featured articles written by women on a special web page.
ICE director general Nick Baveystock commented: “Despite much effort from many people and organisations, the UK still struggles to attract the right balance of men and women into the engineering profession.
“This is not about arbitrary fixing of targets to reflect societal balance - it is about understanding that men and women bring different perspectives to engineering solutions.
“Civil engineering requires a range of creative, analytical and communication skills moulded together in multidisciplinary teams to meet the needs of society. There is a commercial as well as a social imperative to right the imbalance, and we should all strive to ensure that careers in the engineering profession are equally accessible.”