What happens when a natural or man made disaster occurs. Where do we begin to mend the damage? Once the armed forces have left the scene, who actually fixes the country; its roads, railways, communication networks and food supply chains?

RedR-IHE is an international NGO that provides recruitment, training and support services for humanitarian professionals across the world. RedR London and International Health Exchange merged in 2003 to form RedR-IHE.

Disasters affect all in society, including children, the infirm and the old. RedR helps these people by providing engineers, technicians and other selected professionals to humanitarian aid agencies.

Responding to international emergencies, they run an extensive range of training courses for relief workers of all disciplines enabling communities to deal with disasters large and small and prepare for the future.

They recruit, prepare and train members with the right qualifications and aptitudes and, on request, carefully selected members of RedR are assigned to humanitarian relief agencies.

The work of RedR members can save many thousands of lives in disaster areas, helping provide vital services such as safe water, sanitation, power, roads and bridges.

Jan Davis, RedR-IHE Training Manager, will explain their foundation and their work at the BA Festival of Science Engineering Section on Thursday September 7.

Notes for editors

  1. Founded in 1976, the Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship - comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers - provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.
  2. The BA (British Association for the Advancement of Science) is the UK’s nationwide, open membership organisation that exists to advance the public understanding, accessibility and accountability of the sciences and engineering. Established in 1831, the BA organises major initiatives across the UK, including the annual BA Festival of Science, National Science Week, programmes of regional and local events, and an extensive programme for young people in schools and colleges.
  3. The BA Festival of Science will be in Norwich from 2-9 September, bringing over 300 of the UK’s top scientists and engineers to discuss the latest developments in science with the public. In addition to talks and debates at the University of East Anglia, there will be a host of events throughout the city of Norwich as part of the Science in the City programme.
  4. The Engineering Section ‘Mission Impossible?’ takes place on Thursday 7 September, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich Research Park. Exhibition opens at 11.00, lunch at 13.00, talks from14.00.

For more information please contact

Dr Claire McLoughlin at the Royal Academy of Engineering
Lisa Hendry at the BA, tel: 020 7019 4946