Frontiers of Engineering for Development (FoE) symposia bring together around 60 outstanding early to mid-career engineers (0-20 years post-doc, or equivalent experience in industry) to network and engage with their peers outside their disciplinary silos on global challenges that cross disciplinary boundaries. They encourage collaborative work, promoting international development and cross-disciplinary thinking among the next generation of leaders in engineering, in the UK and developing countries.

Participants whose work is relevant to international development are selected from industry, academia and government both within the UK and in emerging and developing economies. The symposia take the form of multidisciplinary challenge-based workshops that aim to:

  • Facilitate new international, interdisciplinary collaborations that address global challenges
  • Enhance the reputation of engineering for development with future engineering leaders
  • Build a network of alumni who have lasting and impactful collaborations that are cross-disciplinary and international in nature.

The FoE format was established by the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and we follow a similar format – you can see an example from the US here, or visit the Past symposia page for examples of previous RAEng FoE events.

There are two symposia per year, one of which is usually hosted in the UK, and one internationally. They are an important part of the Academy’s portfolio of programmes in its role as delivery partner for the UK Government’s new Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

In the spirit of fostering collaborations that are truly interdisciplinary, participants are expected to attend the entire two-and-a-half day symposium. Following each FoE event, participants are invited to bid for seed funding to strengthen collaborations and initiate new joint projects established at the symposium.