MPs and Peers met with leading engineers in Parliament this week at a reception, hosted by the Engineering the future alliance of engineering organisations. The meeting, attended by parliamentarians of all parties, provided an opportunity to learn about the critical role that engineering will play in addressing the grand challenges currently facing the UK. Issues discussed included the need to rebalance the economy, develop a sustainable infrastructure and grow the low carbon economy.

Speaking on behalf of the Engineering the future alliance, Professor Christopher Snowden FREng, Vice-President of The Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “The major challenges facing the world today all depend critically on engineering solutions to bring about large scale change. Key to ensuring the UK’s economic success will be making tough decisions now, such as targeting investment in science and engineering to enable us to remain competitive in global markets.”

Andrew Miller MP, the new Chair of the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee said “Engineering improves human life and is vital to society; engineering advice to Government is critical.”

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  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.

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