IEEE Women in Engineering E-Symposium 2020

with a special focus on Returning Mothers

20th and 21st of November 2020


IEEE Computer Society, IEEE WIE Pune Section and IEEE WIE Madras Section have collaborated to organize the WIE E Symposium on 20th and 21st of November 2020 virtually with the focus on Returning Mothers. Retaining women in the workforce remains a big challenge in India, and indeed, around the world. According to a report titled “Predicament of Returning Mothers”, released by Ashoka University, 73% of Indian women leave their jobs on giving birth and fail to return. The study found that 50% of working women in the country leave their jobs to take care of their children at the age of 30. Even among those who manage to return, 48 percent drop out within four months of rejoining the workforce. Returning Mothers is a concept to support women who are on career break to return to the workforce.

The symposium concentrated on various requirements for the women to return – such as mentorship, skill development and external and internal support. The two day symposium brought researchers, social activists, technology specialists, industry executives and academia together to discuss the above topics. With 290 early career women, students and role models participating, the symposium was one of the most insightful and informative providing a great experience for the participants.


Build a collaborative community of women in technology to Innovate, Empower, Inspire and Engage


* Men and women in Science and technology
* Graduating students
* Women with a career break
* Anyone who would like to network and collaborate for career advancement


Day 1 : Innovate

Friday, 20 November, 2020

4:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Creativity, Technology & Women

5:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Patents & IPR - Building a competitive advantage

5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Innovation by Design - Diversity perspectives

6:30 PM to 6:45 PM

Networking break

6:45 PM to 8:30 PM

IEEE WIE Symposium - Returning Mothers Inaugration

Day 2 : Engage

Saturday, 21 November, 2020

4:30 PM to 5:00 PM


5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Women thy name in success !

6:30 PM to 7:15 PM

Women, Technology and Leadership

7:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Panel Discussion on Diversity Initiatives - Industry Academic Community