While engineering techniques have solved a few historical mysteries, there are many more to shed light upon, whether that is using micro-CT scanning, hyperspectral imaging or completely new technology. 

But in order to crack codes, reveal stitches or injuries to ancient bones in the future, engineers are working to preserve artefacts so they can be studied in years to come.

Our next unique Ingenia live! event will look at real-life case studies that used different engineering techniques to help reveal secrets from the past. 

"Forensic engineering is a fascinating field which has been opened up by innovations in technology. This event is a great opportunity for you to engage with the experts and find out how they did it!"

Dr Scott Steedman CBE FREng


6.00pm Registration

Welcome and introduction by Chair

Dr Scott Steedman CBE FREng, Editor-in-Chief of Ingenia magazine


From nanoindentation to Richard III

Professor Sarah Hainsworth FREng, Professor of Materials and Forensic Engineering, University of Leicester, was instrumental in discovering how Richard III died on the battlefield in 1485, after his remains were found under a Leicester car park in September 2012. 


Professor Mark Williams, Project Evaluation Technologies Group Leader and Principal Investigator, WMG, The University of Warwick.

His team’s technologies and expertise have helped solved serious crimes and recently discovered new teeth in the world’s first scientifically described dinosaur fossil.


David Mearns, Project Director, Blue Water Recoveries

David Mearns has found some of the world’s most fascinating and elusive shipwrecks. His painstaking historical work has led to the shallow reefs of a remote island that revealed the crumbling wooden skeletons of Vasco da Gama’s 16th century fleet. David will share his insights on the extraordinary techniques used, the research and the mid-ocean stamina and courage needed to find a wreck kilometres beneath the sea.

7.05pm Q and A session
7.40pm Networking reception
8.30pm End of event

Ingenia live! events bring to life the stories featured within the pages of  Ingenia Magazine , and aim to appeal to anyone who has an interest in engineering, whether they are already engineers or students thinking about studying engineering. 


Tickets for this event cost £10.00 including VAT.

Student registration is free of charge. Please contact Lucy Webb to register for student tickets. Proof of student ID will be required on admission. 


All cancellation requests must be received in writing via email to  Events Team  . A request for cancellation (and refund) will be accepted up to Tuesday 19 September 2016. Royal Academy of Engineering must make commitments to suppliers at that time and making changes will result in additional costs or penalties. If the cancellation request is received after the deadline, we cannot issue a refund.