On November 4th, 2016, the INWES Regional Conference Europe was held in Freising, Germany and was the opportunity to announce the new board of INWES Europe, in which 3 of the members are female engineering graduates from EPF.
INWES - International Network of Women Engineering and Scientists - is a global network of organizations of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), reaching over 60 countries worldwide.
The new INWES board in Europe was formalized during the Conference in Freising and is composed of 5 female engineering: Sylvia Kegel, Betty Bonnardel, Soizic Vangrevelynghe, Sarah Peers and Yvette Ramos.
3 of them graduated from EPF in 1992, while EPF (former Ecole Polytechnique Féminine - Polytechnic School for Women) was only accessible to women:
- Yvette Ramos: Director of Moinas & Savoye (Strategic advice in Intellectual Property) & President of Swiss Engineering Geneva (network of engineers and architects in Switzerland) - Geneva, Switzerland
- Soizic Vangrevelynghe: Business Intelligence Manager at Louis Vuitton - former BI Manager for international organizations such as Barclays, AXA, SANOFI-AVENTIS, LVMH, UNILEVER, KRAFT FOODS… - Paris, France
- Betty Bonnardel-Azzarelli: Managing Director at AB5 Consulting (Consulting Services in space, satellite technology, telecommunications, nuclear, transport, energy, web and technological developments) - Awarded 3rd award Fem'Energia in the category "Working Women in Nuclear in Europe" in 2014 - London, UK
INWES objectives are to:
- Become an influence voice on STEM issues for the benefit of women, gender equity and society.
- Increase the presence of women in mainstream STEM decision-making bodies.
- Promote exchange of information, networking, advocacy and a wide range of global and regional projects.
- Expand opportunities for education through the INWES Education and Research Institute.
Liliane Dorveaux, teaching manager at EPF Graduate School of Engineering in Montpellier and regional representative of the French association "Elles Bougent" - created in 2005 in order to attract high school girls and student women to careers in engineering - also took part in this conference.