1st August 2023
REflect 2023 - London
People from global ethnic majorities (GEM) are under-represented in STEM fields. With technology increasingly touching most aspects of our lives, it’s of the utmost importance that there is diversity in engineering to ensure that it serves everyone in our society.
The event aims to inspire young people from diverse ethnic backgrounds into STEM. It's an in-person & online event in London on 1st August 2023.
Our young attendees, aged 16-25, will hear from inspirational role models to learn about their journeys into engineering and technology, the barriers that they had to overcome and the amazing projects they’re working on now.
What you can expect:
Main stage speakers | Q+A sessions | Tech Exhibits | Career Stands | Resources to take first steps into STEM | Interactive Activities | Networking Fun!
REflect is in collaboration with the RS Grass Roots is the dedicated Education brand of RS Group, the Association For Black & Minority Ethnic Engineers (AFBE) and The Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET).
If you can see it, you can be it!
2.15pm – Open from George Imafidon then hear from; Mohammed Taher, Krystina Pearson-Rampeearee, Ama Frimpong & Navjot Sawhney
3.45pm – Break, head to @weareRSgroup on social media to see behind the scenes from our roving reporter Dr. Shini Somara.
4.45pm – Hear from; Biiftuu Aba-Godu, James Dornor, Jo Da Silva, Veena Kumari.
6.30pm – Event close
Aerodome Systems Specialist at Heathrow Airport
Engineering Team Lead at BAE Systems
Head of Product Development
founder of The Washing Machine Project
Graduate Mechanical Design Engineer at Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
Systems Engineer & Driven By Us - Founder
Joseph Da Silva
Chief Information Security Officer at RS Group
Group Network & Security Engineer
Speaker, Author and Change Agent
*In person only
George Imafidon is an award-winning humanitarian engineer and social impact leader from Peckham, South London. George's passion for sustainability and innovation is expansive. Named Young Engineer of the Year in 2022, he is CEO of Motivez, an organisation dedicated to supporting young people from underrepresented backgrounds to access opportunities, particularly within science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). George is also a Performance Engineer with Team X44, Sir Lewis Hamilton's electric race team, as well as a board member at The Hamilton Commission. He serves as a board member at the Co-op Foundation and active alumni of The Amos Bursary where he helped raised £1 million for the charity to expand their support for young people.
Your online host
Dr. Shini Somara
Mechanical Engineer, TV Broadcaster, Author & Podcaster.
Originally a qualified Mechanical Engineer, with a Doctorate in Fluid Dynamics, Dr. Shini Somara is now an established STEM media producer through her production company eSTEAMd Media . She shares her deep interest in innovation and science through authoring books, producing and hosting television programmes and digital content, and a podcast called eSTEAMd People. Dr. Somara is also experienced in hosting live events and mentoring Masters and PhD engineering students at Imperial College London and other academic institutions. Dr. Somara’s book entitled “Engineers Making a Difference” has been donated to all secondary state schools in the UK (over 16K copies) thanks to the generous support of Imperial College London and The Gatsby Foundation. Somara’s other titles have been published through Hachette and Pan Macmillan. Shini has spent almost two decades both in front and behind of camera presenting science, technology and innovation on the BBC, Channel 4, PBS Digital, Al Jazeera, Sky and UKTV. Shini was the host of the highly successful YouTube series called Crash Course Physics and Engineering, which has generated over 51 million views collectively since 2016. Dr. Somara has delivered talks at the United Nations and TEDx and is passionate about making STEM accessible to all and helping to promote diversity and inclusion and update the public perception of engineering.
Motivez is an ambitious youth-led organisation, founded in 2015, that empowers underserved young people in the UK to become local changemakers and access STEM jobs. To date, we have directly supported over 8,000 young people through our grassroots, employability and advocacy programmes. These initiatives are delivered with relatable young professionals from partner companies such as Google, Rolls-Royce, Salesforce and PwC. The work has been highly commended and supported by the late Her Majesty the Queen, Sir Lewis Hamilton MBE and Idris Elba OBE.