2015

MOU signing with Mexico

The Academy is delighted to announce that it has signed an MOU with the Academy of Engineering of Mexico (AI). The ceremonies took place in two stages, with the first part hosted on 28 July 2015 at the Mexican Ambassador's Residence in London. Professor Dame Ann Dowling signed on behalf of the Academy, and Ambassador Diego Gomez Pickering signed as witness of honour.

On 31 July 2015, AI President, Dr Sergio Alcocer, signed the MOU with HM Ambassador to Mexico, Duncan Taylor, signing as witness of honour.

This MOU was signed in the 2015 Dual Year of the UK and Mexico; a year long celebration of cultural, educational and business exhange to the benefit of both nations. 

With this agreement in place, the Academy looks forward to continuing existing work in Mexico through the Newton Fund, and collaborating with the AI to strengthen engineering links for the benefit of the UK and Mexico.

Professor Dame Ann Dowling signing the MOU with Ambassador Diego Gomez Pickering, signing as a witness of honour, at the Residence of the Mexican Ambassador in London
Dr Sergio Alcocer, President of AI, with HM Ambassador Duncan Taylor, signing as a witness of honour at a ceremony at the British Embassy in Mexico City
Global Grand Challenges 2015 

The Chinese Academy of Engineering will be hosting a major international summit on Global Grand Challenges, a series inspired by the  NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering 14 ambitious goals identified by some of this generation’s leading technological thinkers and doers that are believed to be both achievable and necessary to help people and the planet survive.

Learn more and book at the Events section of this website.

China/UK Joint Advanced Manufacturing Symposium

The Academy further strengthened links with the Chinese Academy of Engineering during a joint China/UK Advanced Manufacturing Symposium held in Beijing from 2-3 March 2015. The first session focussed on the process and rationale for the manufacturing strategy work both countries have recently completed, followed by discussions on the findings of these reports and the policy implications for both countries. This was followed by short presentations and talks from both countries on a range of manufacturing themes, including intelligent manufacturing, 3D printing, low carbon green manufacturing and manufacturing as a driver for economic growth in poorer areas.

Brazil-UK Frontiers of Engineering

Taking place in São Paulo, Brazil from 6-8 November 2014, the Brazil-UK Frontiers of Engineering symposium is a partnership between the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) where four topics – smart grids, big data in healthcare, bioremediation, and oil and gas will be covered.  The overall co-chairs are Professor Alison Noble FREng, Director of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, University of Oxford, and Professor Euclides de Mesquita Neto of FAPESP.  

This event will bring together 60 outstanding young engineers (aged 30-45) from industry, universities, and government labs to discuss leading-edge research and technical work across a range of engineering fields.  Convening engineers from disparate fields and challenging them to think about developments and problems at the frontiers of areas different from their own will potentially lead to desirable results.  These include collaborative work, the transfer of new techniques and approaches across fields, and establishment of contacts among the next generation of leaders in engineering. 

Confirmed session chairs and speakers include: Tamara Holmgren (Foster Wheeler), Dr Oscar Rodriguez (University of São Paulo), Dr Steve Thornton (University of Sheffield), Martin Hill (Scottish Power), Dr Walmir Freitas (UNICAMP)

For further information please go to the Brazil-UK FoE website

Global Grand Challenges Summit

In March 2013, the Academy hosted a major event developed in partnership by the national academies of engineering in the UK, the US and China. The summit brought together leading international thinkers and innovators to explore new approaches to tackling some of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century, on themes ranging from sustainability to healthcare; from driving growth and employment to protecting our planet.

The next Global Grand Challenges Summit, hosted by the Chinese Academy of Engineering will take place on 14-16 September 2015 in Beijing, China.

Musician and producer Will.i.am addressing the conference

Further information about the Global Grand Challenges Summit

China/UK Joint Advanced Manufacturing Symposium

The Academy further strengthened links with the Chinese Academy of Engineering during a joint China/UK Advanced Manufacturing Symposium held in Beijing from 2-3 March 2015. The first session focussed on the process and rationale for the manufacturing strategy work both countries have recently completed, followed by discussions on the findings of these reports and the policy implications for both countries. This was followed by short presentations and talks from both countries on a range of manufacturing themes, including intelligent manufacturing, 3D printing, low carbon green manufacturing and manufacturing as a driver for economic growth in poorer areas.

2014

Distributed manufacturing - opportunities for growth (perspectives from the UK and India)

On 16-18 June 2014, an Indian National Academy of Engineering delegation visited the Academy for a UK-India workshop on distributed manufacturing, followed by two days of site visits to Cambridge and high tech manufacturing centres in the West Midlands.  Professor Sir Mike Gregory FREng co-chaired the event on the UK side, and the EPSRC and SIN in India provided support. Experts from academia and industry from both countries held an interesting meeting, with particular interest being shown in the skills and education challenges that would be thrown up by distributed manufacturing, and the IP and governance issues that would ensue from widespread adoption of this model. 

Industrie 4.0 – what can the UK learn from Germany’s manufacturing strategy?

On 4 February 2014, Professor Henning Kagermann, President of acatech, Germany’s national academy of science and engineering, and former CEO of SAP delivered a presentation at the Royal Academy of Engineering. This described Germany’s Industrie 4.0 strategy – an attempt to align its manufacturing, web science, IT and embedded electronic sectors so that Germany emerges as a leader in intelligent factories and smart manufacturing. 

Following his presentation, Professor Kagermann took part in a panel discussion chaired by Professor Sir Mike Gregory CBE FREng (Head of the Institute for Manufacturing). They were joined on the panel by Bob Joyce FREng (Executive Director, Product Creation and Delivery, Jaguar Land Rover), Dr Peter Fitzgerald CBE FREng (Managing Director, Randox) and Neil Mantle (Manufacturing Technology Executive, Rolls-Royce plc).

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More information about Industrie 4.0

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2013

UK-China joint symposium on innovation in low carbon technologies

The third in the series of symposia held jointly by the Royal academy of Engoneering and the Chinese Academy of Engineering on innovation in emerging technologies took place in London on 26 and 27 November 2013, with a focus on innovation in low carbon energy generation, transmission and utilisation. The topics that were discussed included smart grids, energy storage, carbon capture and storage, clean coal technologies and unconventional gas.

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Visit from  G8 UK Innovation Conference delegation

On 14 June 2013, the Academy hosted a delegation from the G8UK Innovation Conference. The delegates joined Academy Fellows, Enterprise Fellows and award winners for a discussion on how to turn great research into successful businesses. After a keynote speech from Dr Mike Lynch OBE FREng and several short presentations, the guests, who included some of the UK's top engineering leaders as well as senior executives from global companies such as Wipro, Shell and Philips, joined the speakers in interactive breakout sessions to discuss key challenges facing innovators and potential solutions.

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ERA Foundation International Lecture and Dinner 2013

Delivering the ERA Foundation International Lecture on 22 January 2013, Dr Shirley Ann Jackson FREng, President of New York's Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a member of President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, called for leadership and collaboration across science, engineering and technology disciplines and sectors to tackle the world's most pressing problems. The lecture was made possible by the support of the ERA Foundation.

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