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 Women in Engineering 
 National University Collaboration Workshop 

About WE Collaborate

The University Collaboration Workshop was first initiated by The University of Queensland in 2016, with a goal for university teams to share knowledge & experiences so that greater participation of women in engineering may be realised on a national scale. 


Following COVID disruptions, the most recent workshops were held in 2022 in two parts:

- Part 1 on 1st June with in-person workshops in each state across Australia, with over 70 people in attendance from 30 Universities across Australia and New Zealand.

- Part 2 on 16th June with a national online forum involving 13 speakers and YYYY participants (including some live speakers and attendees in Queensland). 

This web page was set up in June 2022 as a one stop shop for all things current and relevant and as a resource library for the community moving forward. More importantly, it's goal is to sustain engagement moving forward and to serve as a base and platform as follow up for next workshops. The plan would be to have a physical workshop altogether next year and the main page can then be updated with these details, agenda, etc.

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We're always keen to talk about WE Collaborate - contact the UQ Women in Engineering team for questions about the university collaboration workshops; you can also contact the API team for issues with or questions about this web site.

Want to connect with the secretariat team behind the WE Collaborate community?

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Participating University Teams and their State of Play

will include list of universities and everyone’s State of Play and contact details: 

UQ 2022 PDF

2022 Hybrid Workshops

- A spin off page will include a summary of outcomes, guest speakers/bios.

- Include link to Miro board and/or the visual board idea. Still in the process of compiling – will provide when ready.


Speakers on 16th June 2022:

  • Amanda Merrick - Women in Engineering, The University of Queensland

  • Amy Tran & Jess Rock – UQ Women in Engineering Student Leaders

  • Negin Beaton - Women in Engineering, The University of Queensland

  • Ashleigh Fox – Women in Engineering Project Manager, The University of Auckland

  • Katie Douglas – Girls in Engineering Coordinator, University of Western Australia

  • Meagan Bebendorf - Women in Engineering, The University of Queensland

  • Maria Vieira – University of South Australia

  • Dr Isabelle Kingsley – UNSW

  • Carmen Hurst & Amanda Thomsen – UQ Digital Marketing Specialists

  • Victoria Weekes – Founder of the Australian Gender Equality Council

  • David Pointing - Chief Executive Officer, The Australian Power Institute

  • Liz Hansen - Culture and Inclusion Manager, Metallurgical Coal, Anglo American

  • Samantha Fowke - Senior Mine Planning Engineer, Rio Tinto

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PDF Summary of Outcomes
Speaker Bios
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ACTIONS from the 2022 Workshop

this will be our major themes and initiatives so people can refer back to for follow up/implementation over the year until next conference.


Still in the process of compiling – will provide when ready.

Past Workshops

Check out these summary reports from the previous university collaborations workshops in 2016, 2018 and 2019.

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Photo Gallery

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Photos from 2022 workshop in QLD

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The WE Collaborate community acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past, present and emerging. 

The WE Collaborate page is hosted by the Australian Power Institute, a small but impactful non profit organisation supported by industry that is focused on developing the future workforce for the Australian power sector; the API is a proud foundation partner of the UQ Women in Engineering program (since 2012), was a catalyst in the creation of the WE Collaboration workshop series and has been involved in all events so far. We also deliver and support a portfolio of other programs to enhance and empower diversity in the Australian electricity sector, including the Powerful Women leadership program established in 2021 with approx $1M of funding from the Australian Government's Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet. 

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