An exhibition that looks to showcase the contribution of engineering to human progress and celebrate the value and excellence of UK engineering innovation was unveiled today in the Upper Waiting Hall at the Palace of Westminster.

Linda Gilroy, MP for Plymouth Sutton, who sponsored the week-long exhibition, commented, “The role of the engineering sector is particularly important as we seek to be on the front foot for economic recovery. I am proud to sponsor an exhibition that showcases the work of some of the brightest minds in Britain.”

Mrs Gilroy was joined at the launch reception by Mr Phil Willis MP, Chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee and Sir Anthony Cleaver, Chairman of the Engineering and Technology Board, who both spoke of the need for the engineering community to work more closely with Government on policy issues and to highlight how engineering underpins our national economy through critical infrastructure for energy, transport, ICT, water and waste.

Amongst the display items was the world’s first commercially available bionic hand that signalled a step change in prosthetic engineering; images of the “Water Cube” in Beijing, described as one of the most visionary buildings ever; and action footage from the world’s first zero carbon, zero emission motorcycle race.

The exhibition was produced under the banner Engineering the future by a collaboration of organisations from the professional engineering community.

Notes for editors

  1. The exhibition was produced by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), the Engineering and Technology Board (ETB) and The Royal Academy of Engineering.
  2. 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.

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