“Space-ship Earth is hurtling through the void. Its passengers are anxious and fractious, and their life support system is vulnerable to disruption and breakdowns. And there is too little planning, too little horizon-scanning. Our Earth has existed for 45 million centuries, but this century is special: it’s the first when one species, ours, has the planet’s future in its hands.” — Professor Lord Rees OM FRS HonFREng HonFMedSci, Astronomer Royal.
National Engineering Policy Centre manifesto asks include: Delivering on the UK’s ambitious climate change goals; Ensuring that further education college funding reflects the higher cost of providing engineering programmes; Mandating public bodies to publish forecast costs and benefits of their major infrastructure projects at each stage and at completion The National Engineering Policy Centre, which represents nearly half a million UK engineers, has published a manifesto for a prosperous and secure economy and society, calling on government to work with them to invest in skills, innovation, digital and traditional infrastructure, and clean energy technologies.
Next-generation fibre-optic gyroscopes, waste-heat recovery systems, germanium-tin quantum detectors and an affordable solar home for use in rural India are among the research areas to be supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering, which has announced 18 new engineering Research Fellowships, with each awardee receiving five years’ worth of funding and mentorship to advance their research careers.
The Prime Minister yesterday announced changes to immigration rules to encourage the world’s top scientists and engineers to work in the UK. Speaking from the Culham science centre in Oxfordshire, Boris Johnson instructed the Home Office and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to work with the scientific community to develop a new fast-track visa route for the brightest and best in their fields.
Five UK student engineering teams selected to compete against teams from the US and China ahead of a major engineering summit Two teams from Loughborough join teams from Cambridge, Heriot-Watt and Surrey universities representing the UK Five teams of undergraduate engineering students from UK universities have been selected to compete against student teams from the US and China as part of a special Collaboration Lab competition on 12-16 September 2019 ahead of the Global Grand Challenges Summit in London on 16-18 September. The GGCS2019 summit, Engineering in an unpredictable world, will bring 900 engineers from all over the world to London to address the opportunities and challenges posed by the two major themes of the summit: the impact of artificial intelligence and resources for a global population of 10 billion.
Engineering in an unpredictable world summit will bring 900 engineers to London to address challenges such as those posed by artificial intelligence, climate change, and providing resources for a growing world population International speakers include Alibaba Cloud founder Jian Wang, founder of FIRST Robotics Dean Kamen, Astronomer Royal Lord Rees Kt OM HonFREng HonFMedSci FRS, Siemens CEO Juergen Maier CBE FREng, Jo Swinson MP, former Blue Origin CEO Rob Meyerson and former Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene. International thought leaders will join the next generation of engineers in London this year for the Global Grand Challenges Summit 2019. The summit, coordinated by the Royal Academy of Engineering, will be held at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s South Bank from 16 to 18 September and aims to help inspire and equip future engineering leaders to address the rapidly evolving challenges of an unpredictable world. Over thirty speakers have been announced and former Wired UK editor David Rowan will host the Summit.
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