The Academy's aims are to enhance international engineering leadership in addressing the globe’s most pressing challenges, such as climate change, energy transitions and harnessing technology for good. We work alongside policy makers, industry stakeholders, government officials, and engineers to promote the vital importance of engineering.

Internationally the Academy's purpose is to deliver global benefit and in turn promote the UK’s global position in engineering and innovation by developing impactful relations with other national academies and lead on debate and public policy projects.


Current activities

Our International Partnership Programme aims to deliver global benefit by addressing global challenges and promoting the UK’s global position in engineering and innovation. Academy activities will be focused on developing a diverse, technically excellent and skilled group of engineering leaders; promoting innovation and impacting the policymaking process through evidence based insight.

In light of this, Partnerships Programmes work is currently focused on two key themes:

  • Engineering in an Inclusive Society
  • Adavancing Global Sustainability

We represent the UK in international networks of engineering, science and technology academies. We do this to enhance international leadership in tackling global challenges, and ensure that UK expertise has global reach:

  • Problem-Based Learning: This conference marked the launch of World Engineering Day on 4 March 2020, a global celebration of the contributions made by the engineering profession to sustainable development.
  • CAETS: The Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS), is an independent non-political international alliance of independent, non-governmental institutions from 30 countries, providing a forum for the consideration of technology-related issues of global significance.
  • Euro-CASE: The European Council of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering (Euro-CASE) is an independent non-profit organisation of academies of applied science and engineering from 23 European countries.


Partnership projects and bilateral activities 

We also work directly with partner academies on bilateral and multilateral activities around our two themes:

  • UK-Germany Energy Systems Symposium: held jointly with Germany’s National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), this event brings together early-to-mid-career policymakers and researchers to share ideas and best practice on the energy systems transition.
  • AI Ethics: in partnership with the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE), we are working to provide ethical engineering guidance to help ensure the responsible application of artificial intelligence.
  • Global Grand Challenges Summit: in partnership with the NAE and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) the Royal Academy of Engineering hosted over 700 engineers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, academics, corporations and students at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in September 2019. In addition, over 1800 individuals from around the globe virtually joined key discussions by industry experts, on the impact of AI and transformational technologies, as well as the sustainability of a world population of 10bn by 2050.


Future activities

As the programme develops under the two key themes through a host of events and projects, the partnerships team will as ever build on the aim to achieve operational excellence, establish the Academy as a valued broker in building international communities, and develop a proven foundation for best practice in partnerships.

For further information on the future work of the Partnerships Programmes team, contact Shane McHugh, Head of International Partnerships: