People attending focused on how to attract more technicians, engineers and researchers into the refrigeration sector. One member of the conference workshop (from HVAC & Refrigeration Engineering Ltd) put the solution down to 'education'. There is more attention needed on the 'gender imbalance' in engineering and more investment in making women aware of the opportunity in the sector is important, attendees agreed.
However, other comments illustrated that more female role models will help to attract new people, and that the language used is important to make the industry more approachable. For example, one business person at the workshop stated:
“...few women apply for production engineering jobs and yet in environmental research and engineering 80% of candidates are women.”
Read the Women in ACR section in the ACR Journal and online here: http://bit.ly/WomenInACR