Add to Calendar Europe/London DD/MM/YYYY 5/6/2019 18:005/6/2019 20:30Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society of Edinburgh Joint lectureSir Charles Wilson Building, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8NN

Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, will be delivering this year's Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society of Edinburgh Joint Lecture, which will be hosted by the University of Glasgow. 

Humanity is facing unprecedented challenges from a population set to reach 10 billion by 2050, placing increasing demands on our planet and its resources. At the same time, an exponential increase in the rate of technological change is creating a world smarter, faster and more connected. Engineering is crucial to the international effort to drive sustainable economic growth by harnessing the benefits of the latest innovations. 

Dame Ann Dowling will explore the role of grand challenges in inspiring and driving progress in engineering, building on her own experience of being attracted into engineering to work on Concorde, one of the most inspirational engineering projects of its day. Like the Apollo programme, Concorde captured the imagination of a generation and enthused many people to take up careers in engineering and science. Innovations developed as part of these and other landmark projects can have far-reaching impacts and help to solve problems across many different fields. 

Dame Ann will also evaluate how government can best support innovation, including the contributuon of an effective industrial strategy and the important of collaboration both for growing national and global economies and achieving sustainable development.

Before the lecture, the university is hosting the James Watt Bicentenary Symposium, a one-day event to mark the legacy of James Watt and explore the future opportunities and challenges for engineering. 


5.30pm Registration
6.00pm Honorary Degree presentation


Professor Dame Ann Glover DBE FRS FRSE, President, Royal Society of Edinburgh


Inspiration and innovation: the role of Grand Challenges

Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS, President, Royal Academy of Engineering


Q&A session 


Vote of thanks and closing remarks

Professor Dame Ann Glover DBE FRS FRSE, President, Royal Society of Edinburgh

7.20pm Drinks reception
8.30pm Close


Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS is President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Deputy Vice Chancellor and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cambridge, where she was head of the department of engineering between 2009 and 2014. Her research is on efficient, low emission combustion for aero and industrial gas turbines and low noise vehicles, especially aircraft and cars. She led the Silent Aircraft Initative, a research collaboration between Cambridge and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and ran the University Gas Turbine Partnership with Rolls-Royce between 2001 and 2014. She has held visiting posts at MIT and at the California Institute of Technology. 

Ann is a Fellow of the Royal Society and is a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering, the Chinese Academy of Engineering and of the French Academy of Sciences. She is a member of the Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology and a non-executive director of BP plc and the Smiths Group plc. 

She was appointed CBE for services to mechanical engineering in 2002, DBE for services to science in 2007 and was appointed to the Order of Merit by HM the Queen in December 2015.

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