Mon, 02 March, 2020
TWI’s Kamer Tuncbilek was invited to act as a panellist at the annual Robogals Conference, which took place 7-9 February, 2020 at London South Bank University. TWI and D'Assault Systems were silver sponsors of the conference which drew attendees from Bristol University, Aberdeen University, St. Andrews, Sussex University, Imperial College London, Loughborough University and London South Bank University. The CEO and CTO of Robogals also flew over from Australia to attend the event.
The conference was an opportunity for incoming students to learn how they can support the Robogals initiative, which is run by volunteers with the aim of promoting engineering careers to girls at both primary and secondary schools. This promotion includes the delivery of engineering and technology workshops free of charge. Developing an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) subjects as well as building self-confidence, Robogals introduces girls to engineering students while providing visibility and role models that the young people can look up to.
By decreasing the gender disparity in STEM fields, Robogals helps to provide opportunities for women to generate a fair income while also encouraging professional environments that are safer and more productive for women. Of course, a more varied workforce also aids the engineering industry by offering team dynamics that are conducive to better problem solving and an improved overall business management which more closely reflects the diverse customer base.
The Robogals Conference not only demonstrated TWI’s continued dedication to encouraging greater diversity in engineering but was also a good opportunity for the attendees to network and share information and new ideas.