After securing the International Association of Women in Police (IAWP) conference in 2023, Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB), a division of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), has now another women’s conference in the pipeline. The International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES) is set to take place in Auckland in 2023.
Held for the first time in New Zealand, the five-day conference is expected to attract over 450 delegates from across the world to discuss the importance of diversity and growth of women within the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). New Zealand will showcase its expertise within STEM fields, as it is home to 12,550 engineering professionals and around 5,100 natural and physical science professionals, 46 per cent of which are female.
Head of ACB, Anna Hayward, says: “This is a great result for our New Zealand science and engineering community and will only further enhance our reputation as a destination of choice for STEM conferences. Auckland has an incredible pedigree when it comes to science and engineering and by hosting business events like these in our region it provides valuable opportunities for job creation, talent attraction and investment.”