Auckland to host leadership summit for women engineers

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The ILS bid was led by Dulsha Kularatna-Abeywardana, lecturer in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Software Engineering at the University of Auckland.

Auckland will host the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Women in Engineering International Leadership Summit (ILS) for the first time this December.

To be held at the University of Auckland on December 11-12, the Summit is expected to attract more than 200 national and international delegates.

The bid was led by Dulsha Kularatna-Abeywardana, lecturer in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Software Engineering at the University of Auckland.

“Women are still a minority in the engineering profession,” said Kularatna-Abeywardana.

“Hosting this Summit offers an opportunity for local engineers to meet others in their profession, showcase some of the work done here in the engineering space, create opportunities for research collaborations and deliver an exchange of ideas to move forward together.”

Kularatna-Abeywardana is also planning a workshop for high school girls as part of the summit programme to inspire the next generation of engineers.

“We’re getting all these amazing people to come together, why not extend the opportunity to potential future engineers and highlight the amazing opportunities for the next generation,” she said.

“Despite the advances in this field, many still imagine an engineer as a man who builds bridges and buildings.”

The bid was also supported by the Auckland Convention Bureau and Tourism New Zealand’s business events team.