Trailing Trailblazer, a family-friendly event, will take place on the university’s Paisley campus on Monday 11 February, from 1-4pm. It aims to recognise Paisley’s long history in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), while promoting the many career opportunities it presents.
Pullinger trained as an apprentice in Paisley before the First World War. Attendees at next month’s event will learn about her groundbreaking work – including designing a car for women, built by women engineers – and see her accomplishments celebrated through film and song. They will also be invited to take part in a vote to have a plaque designed and displayed at the campus, honouring her work and local connection.
Dorothée Pullinger was chosen to enable engagement with Scotland’s industrial heritage, and the event forms part of our overarching aim to bring people of all backgrounds into engineering. Professor Katarzyna Kosmala
Creative technical workshops will be facilitated by graphic design and architecture company, Ice-cream Architecture, and drama addressing gender bias will be staged by Paisley-based PACE Theatre Company. There will also be opportunities to discuss and learn more about what engineers and scientists actually do, as well as to view an exhibition of local children’s poster designs.
The event forms part of a research initiative led by UWS academics, Professor Katarzyna Kosmala and Dr Evi Viza.
Professor Kosmala said: “The research initiative aims to promote a better understanding of engineering careers, emphasise the variety of routes into engineering, and highlight the importance of increasing diversity while exploring current industry engagement with the issue. Dorothée Pullinger was chosen to enable engagement with Scotland’s industrial heritage, and the event forms part of our overarching aim to bring people of all backgrounds into engineering.”
Families are encouraged to come along to the free event, suitable for children aged six and over. To register, please click here.