This blog is written by Tutku Kılıçaslan, SWE Global Ambassador and Senior at Koç University Industrial Engineering & BUSAD
For many, the city of London conjures images of the royal family, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and, more recently, Brexit. Yet, for women engineers there is much more to London that interests us!
For example, did you know that the famous double-decker bus engines are produced by SWE’s partner Cummins? And did you know that London’s touristic Waterloo Bridge is also known as Ladies Bridge because of the contribution of women engineers during its construction? And of course, London will play host to SWE’s Sixth Annual WE Local Europe Conference 26-28 May, 2021.
Learn more about London and why you don’t want to miss WE Local Europe next year!
- Be Connected to America
As the western face of Europe, England has been the gateway to America for Europeans for years. As the capital city, London has long served as a bridge between these two continents when it comes to trade and culture. So, London seems a great option for WE Local Europe to connect European and American women engineers, doesn’t it?
- Meet European Headquarters
Given its location and easy accessibility, many global companies have opened their European headquarters in the UK, especially in London. You can visit European offices and learn from your colleagues working there.
- Get to Know London’s Diverse Culture
The promise of opportunity has drawn immigrants to London for years and resulted in a diverse culture across the city. According to Wikipedia, London is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world, with more than 300 different languages spoken. As SWEsters, where else can we enjoy such a diverse culture in Europe?
- Immerse Yourself in History
London is centuries old and during that time it has been home to the Celts, Romans and Brits. You can uncover the history of the city at almost every corner. For history lovers, London offers museums, palaces and churches to visit, with Buckingham Palace, Westminister Abbey, St. Paul Cathedral and the British Museum being the most famous.
- Be Inspired by Art
From music and literature to contemporary and performance arts, London has welcomed all kinds of artistic expressions for centuries and inspired many artists. Shakespeare, Virginia Woolf, Charles Dickens, Amy Winehouse, Adele, and The Rolling Stones come to mind my mind when I think about England. It’s probably home to one of your favorite artists too! Traveler tip: Amy Winehouse is from Camden Town which is also one of the most attractive tourist destinations in London. You can enjoy the street food and colorful shops by the Regent’s Canal while visiting her beautiful neighborhood. (Do we want to be promoting a drug addict who committed suicide?)
- Visit Prestigious Institutions
Oxford and Cambridge are some of the most prestigious and leading universities in the UK. One can visit Cambridge and Oxford over a weekend and experience the sophisticated, academic atmosphere. While in Cambridge, you may hear the secrets of the Mathematical Bridge. Or, strolling the streets of Oxford you might come to better understand Stephen Hawking’s early life.
- Visit the UK after Brexit
Brexit might be the most debated topic in Europe these days, with the results of the referendum possibly changing the dynamics of the entire continent. It is an opportunity to visit the capital city of UK and witness how women play a significant role in politics during this historical Brexit process.