SET Conference

Unleash your curiosity. Embrace discovery.

The SET (Science, Engineering and Technology) Conference is a chance to learn what an education and career in science, engineering and technology (SET) is all about. This fun and interactive day shows young women and gender minority students in grades 10-12 that there is more to science than medicine and more to engineering than building bridges, and more to technology than sitting behind a computer screen. SET jobs are interesting, collaborative, diverse and support every aspect of our lives. Want to make an impact in the world and have a meaningful career? Consider SET.

Due to the ongoing global pandemic, concerns around the variants, restrictions around large group meetings and in an effort to keep our participants and volunteers safe, the 2021 SET conference will be entirely virtual, with an emphasis on meeting role models and mentors.

The SET Conference will give you an opportunity to find out answers to some of your questions by:

  • Talking with role models who are studying science, engineering and technology;
  • Attend virtual lab tours to see what research in a University lab can look like;
  • Participating in collaborative challenges;
  • Meet like-minded peers.

This full-day conference gives you the opportunity to:

  • Explore diverse careers in science, engineering and technology;
  • Learn about work-life balance in SET careers;
  • Discover how SET careers make the world a better place;
  • Meet university students and learn what it is like to be a student in a SET department;
  • Talk with role models in SET based careers about their experiences;
  • Gain insight into different career paths in SET and the U of A programs that you can use to broaden your career options.

Indigenous Students: WISEST is committed to increasing representation for all marginalized groups in STEM, including Indigenous Students.  We encourage Indigenous students to participate in all of the programs and services we offer but specifically, with respect to the SET Conference we hold dedicated spots for Indigenous students, and provide access to mentorship from Indigenous role models.  Students can also qualify for bursaries to offset conference fees in order to participate in the conference.  We also encourage grade 11 and 12 Indigenous students to apply to participate in the Verna J Kirkness Science and Engineering Program that takes place at the University of Alberta and other post-secondary institutions across Canada.

Event Details

Saturday, November 20, 2021

The event will run in two parts. Attendees can attend one, or both! 

Part 1: 9:00-11:45 - Workshops, Role Model Panels and Lab Tours/activity sessions!

Part 2: 12:30-3:00- Workshops, Role Model Panels and Lab Tours/activity sessions!

Attendees also have the option to attend the entire day from: 

  • 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

This event will be 100% Virtual.

Online registration opens: October 18, 2021

Cost: $10 to attend either the morning or afternoon. $15 for the entire day. 
Fee will include access to additional downloadable content!


We are limiting the conference to only 100 student participants. Additionally, there are designated spots for rural and Indigenous students.  Register early as it is first-come, first-serve!

Complete the Online Registration Form

The registration form can be found here.

Once we receive your online application, you will get an email acknowledging your submission with an online payment link.

Pay the Registration Fee

Pay the $10 or $15 registration fee, depending on whether you choose to attend one or both parts of the day. You will receive the payment link once you have completed Step One. 

Refund Policy: Full refund if cancellation by email is received by Noon on November 8, 2021. No refund after that date.

Complete the Informed Consent Information Form and the Permission to Reproduce Likeness Form

Download and complete the Permission to Reproduce Likeness Form. You can email these signed forms electronically to These will be live once registration opens. 

If we do not receive your payment and completed form by November 1,  2021, your reserved spot will be forfeited to another candidate on our waiting list.

You will be emailed a confirmation with more event information once we have received all of your information and your payment. If for any reason you have to cancel your participation in the Conference, please contact the WISEST office immediately at so that we can offer the opportunity to another student participant.
Cancellation Policy
Full refund if cancellation, by email, is received by noon on November 8, 2021. No refund after that date.


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