Add to Calendar Europe/London DD/MM/YYYY 9/10/2014 18:309/10/2014 21:30Time to take the ‘E’ out of STEM?Prince Philip House, 3 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DG

While widespread efforts to encourage more young people into engineering careers are beginning to gain traction, an engineering skills shortage continues to loom over UK industry. With 100,000 science and engineering professionals needed every year by 2020, this event will ask if it’s time to rethink our strategy for promoting engineering.

Traditional approaches to promoting engineering have aligned it heavily with science, technology and mathematics, but are these putting off those seeking a more creative career? Can we attract more talent by highlighting the ways engineering improves our quality of life?

This debate at the Royal Academy of Engineering will see speakers arguing for and against the motion ‘This house believes that engineering should be rebranded as a creative & humanitarian discipline rather than a scientific and mathematically-driven endeavour'.

Among those arguing for a creative rebranding will be Group Technical Director at Laing O’Rourke, Paul Westbury FREng; Professor Louise Archer, Professor of Sociology of Education at Kings College London and Dr Veronika Kapsali a Reader in Biomimetic Systems at Northumbria University.

Leading the charge for STEM will be Chair of Governors at King’s College London Mathematics School, Professor Alison Wolf, Chief Executive of National Grid, Steve Holliday FREng and Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of York and Senior Education Adviser to the Wellcome Trust and the Gatsby FoundationProfessor Sir John Holman.

This event is being organised as part of the Engineering for Growth campaign to raise debate on the issues that are preventing engineering from making a bigger contribution to the health and wealth of the nation.

This event is now fully booked.

Please note the waitlist for this event is now full.

Programme and timings

6.30pm         Registration and drinks

7.00pm         Time to take the ‘E’ out of STEM debate

8.30pm         Drinks reception and nibbles

9.30pm         Close

For more information please contact Emma Calvert

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