Celebrating engineering heroes


22 June 2021

Star Refrigeration is sponsoring an online event to mark International Women in Engineering Day tomorrow (June 23). 

Hosted by the Institute of Refrigeration’s Women in Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump network group (WiRACHP), it will focus on ‘Engineering Heroes’ and ask attendees to reveal the motivational figures in their life who have helped them to choose a career in the industry.

Astrid Prado, head of marketing at Star Refrigeration, said: “We are delighted to support such a worthwhile event to celebrate all female engineers and non-technical women working within the industry and encourage more women to join the cooling sector.

“As with many other engineering fields, RACHP has traditionally been dominated by men but it’s heartening to see more and more young women entering the industry every year. Events like this promote that kind of progress and lead the push for diversity and equality in the workplace.''

The event will feature a panel of eight women at different stages of their careers. As well as giving some background on their own experiences, the engineers will discuss what makes the sector an attractive place for young people and who their own engineering heroes are.

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All attendees are being asked to participate by filling in a “My Engineering Hero Selfie Card” online. These will be shared digitally through the IOR and WiRACHP LinkedIn groups, as well as via Twitter and Instagram to enhance outreach and celebrate the role of women in the sector.

Led by IOR Trustee and STEM ambassador Lisa-Jayne Cook, the event will run from 10-11.30am. 

Women in RACHP was set up by the IOR in 2016 as an educational, mentoring and networking group to encourage diversity in the workforce and promote the role of women in refrigeration industry. The group stimulates the sharing of knowledge and experiences amongst women through a diverse number of events, mentoring and learning activities as well as outreach programmes in schools and colleges. 

The group also carries out research on behalf of the industry to benchmark attitudes towards women in the industry and has recently published a survey aimed at identifying ways in which the gender parity gap in the RACHP sector can be narrowed by creating better working environments for women to thrive. The network is open to anyone (male or female) working in any RACHP-related role.

To find out more, visit the IOR website, to register click here.