URGENT CALL FOR INFORMATION
She has to shortly submit names of who is going. Many thanks
Launching the infocus Awards for Women In Innovation
Our role at Innovate UK is to identify and nurture the next generation of brilliant innovators. Women are under-represented in the field of innovation, and that needs to change.
It means as a nation we’re failing to harness, capitalise on and celebrate the entrepreneurial talent of female innovators to the detriment of our economy. Boosting female entrepreneurship could deliver approximately £60bn extra to the UK economy.
So we’re launching a special award for women working in innovation, and that’s where you come in.
What are the infocus Awards?
The infocus Awards will celebrate and reward women working across 4 key sectors - Materials & Manufacturing, Health & Life Sciences, Infrastructure Systems, Emerging & Enabling Technologies.
Twelve women will benefit from a valuable tailor-made package of support and four of these will each receive a £50,000 grant to get her brilliant idea up and running.
Could it be you? Could it be someone you work with? Who do you know who could fly the flag for women in innovation?
For more information click HERE
GWI President's Letter
The countdown to the General Assembly and GWI Conference has begun: we are three months away. I sincerely hope that as many members and delegations as possible will attend, as this year promises to be full of challenges and important decisions.
In 2013 the membership voted to turn around the Federation and that is what the staff have done with the support of the Board. In the process we have invested much of the reserves and the results are proof that the strategy has worked.
Despite some critical voices, we have actively pursued visibility, projects and fundraising. The decision to cut membership workshops was demanded this year by several Board members, so the Membership Committee is planning a membership workshop at the General Assembly. We hope that NFAs will participate to garner ideas on how to grow.
We also have a leadership workshop for young members planned at the Conference, and hope that members under 40 years old will be applying. It should be an exciting day, moderated by two experienced women business leaders from South Africa.
The General Assembly will be discussing the key item of the future of the organisation and members need to decide if they wish to continue to invest so that the organisation reaches its centennial and beyond. We will be discussing and voting upon a dues increase, a revised constitution and the leadership of the organisation. The organisation is only as strong as its members and I urge each NFA to examine closely the following:
- Do its members value the international federation and its mission?
- Are members willing to commit both their intellectual and financial support to the organisation?
- Are its members ready to adapt and change habits so that new, fresh members can join and bring ideas, momentum and activities?
I have been surprised at the lack of discussion on the listserves and I sincerely hope that this is because discussions inside NFAs are intense and focused, and that, in general, members are in favour of the advances proposed.
The Conference is shaping up nicely, with external speakers ranging from academia to UN agencies. We have had a good selection of abstracts and the committee is working hard to populate the programme. We hope that many of you will enjoy the varied subjects that will be covered.
There are many interesting sights to see in and around Cape Town and the rest of the country, and I hope that you will enjoy visiting South Africa.
I look forward to seeing you there: sign up now as the Early Bird rate will end on May 31.
Catherine A. Bell
Candidates for Board and Committees for the next triennium
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