Competing in the Global Economy - Debate 2

The second debate in the Competing in the Global Economy series was held on 18 November 2010. The motion addressed was:This house believes that a manufacturing sector accounting for at least 20% of GDP will provide the only basis for a balanced UK economy.

Report from the three debates in this series (1.26 MB)

Competing in the Global Economy - Debate 1

On 6 October 2010, The Royal Academy of Engineering held the first in a new series of debates that would explore some of the fundamental challenges facing the UK as it strives to compete in a turbulent global economy, the motion addressed was: This House believes that the advantages of foreign ownership of the UK corporate sector outweigh the disadvantages.

Report from the three debates in this series (1.26 MB)

Engaging Business in the EU Framework Programme

On 29 October, the Academy hosted an event entitled “Engaging Business in the EU Framework Programme” in collaboration with the Technology Strategy Board, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and the CBI. The workshop asked a range of UK technology businesses with interests in Europe to try to identify ways to ensure that UK business benefits more from EU Framework Programme research.

EU-US Frontiers of Engineering symposium

From 31 August to 3 September 2010, the first EU-US Frontiers of Engineering took place at Jesus College, Cambridge. Sixty of the most promising engineers under the age of 40 from the EU and the US met for an intensive three-day symposium on developments at the cutting edge of engineering technology. The event was aimed to facilitate international and cross-disciplinary research collaboration, promote the transfer of new techniques and approaches across different engineering fields and encourage the creation of a transatlantic network of world-class engineers.

UK-Japan Symposium on green manufacturing and eco-innovation

On 2 and 3 June 2010, the Academy hosted the second UK-Japan Symposium organised jointly with the Engineering Academy of Japan. The theme of the meeting was green manufacturing and eco-innovation, reflecting the growing market for low carbon and 'clean' technology and the potential for the UK and Japan to contribute to and benefit from this.

The Africa-UK Engineering for Development Partnership UK launch

The keynote speaker was Rt Hon Raila Odinga, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya. 

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Pre-launch of the Qatar Robotic Surgery Centre

On 7 April 2010, the Academy hosted an event to mark the establishment of the new Qatar Robotic Surgery Centre (QRSC) in the presence of Her Highness of Qatar, Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned. Academy President Lord Browne FREng FRS hosted the event and Lord Darzi KBE HonFREng, Chairman of the Centre’s International Surgical Panel, delivered a presentation. The QRSC seeks to become a focal point of world class expertise in robotic surgery and has a strategic partnership with Imperial College London.


New Directions in Drug Delivery

The Academy and the Wellcome Trust co-hosted a lecture by world leading bioengineer and winner of the 2008 Millennium Technology Prize, Professor Robert Langer on 22 October 2009 at the Wellcome Trust Theatre.

UK-India Sustainable Technology Workshop

The Academy hosted a workshop for 30 UK and Indian stakeholders on 28 and29 September 2009 on the Engineering Challenges of Deploying new solar energy capacity in India. The workshop was supported by the DIUS Global Partnership Fund.

ERA Foundation International Lecture and Dinner 2009

The 2009 ERA International Lecture was delivered by Abdallah S. Jum’ah, former CEO and President of Saudi Aramco, the Saudi Arabian national oil company. The lecture was entitled Technology: the key to the future of Sustainable Energy and took place on 17 June at BMA House.

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The European Institute of Innovation and Technology: a UK perspective

On 25 March 2009, the Academy hosted a briefing for UK stakeholders in The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). EIT Governing Board member Professor Julia King CBE FREng was the keynote speaker. The Academy was supported by the Department for Innovation Universities and Skills.


Engineering Change essays launch

On 21 October 2008,  the Academy launched a new publication: Engineering Change – Towards a sustainable future in the developing world. The book is a collection of essays exploring the role of engineering in international development.

Engineering Change – Towards a sustainable future in the developing world (1.33 MB)

ERA Foundation International Lecture and Dinner 2008

Dr Mo Ibrahim, founder of Celtel International and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation delivered the lecture on the theme of Africa Works - with technology, good governance and a little help from our friends.

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2008 Annual Euro-CASE Conference

The first annual conference of the European Council of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Enginnering (Euro-CASE) was hosted by the Royal Academy of Engineering on 3 November 2008. The theme for this conference was: How can Europe meet its 2020 Renewables Targets?

More information on Euro-CASE

2008 Euro-CASE conference proceedings (3.69 MB)


The 2006 Hinton Lecture: Redesigning African Economies

Professor Calestous Juma HonFREng FRS, Harvard professor and internationally-renowned expert in the application of technology to international development, delivered the Academy’s annual Hinton Lecture on 3 October 2006, in which he discussed the role of engineering in African economic development and identified a number of areas in which he considered the Academy could make a worthwhile contribution.

Redesigning African Economies - Hinton Lecture 2006 transcript (211.78 KB)