Engineering X logoEngineering X is a new international collaboration that brings together some of the world’s leading problem-solvers to address the great challenges of our age.

Our global network of expert engineers, academics and business leaders are working in partnership to share best practice, explore new technologies, educate and train the next generation of engineers, build capacity, improve safety and deliver impact. 

The Engineering X community will bring together partners from around the world, building on a network of global alliances to tackle the most pressing engineering, safety and sustainability problems, and developing practical, sustainable and accessible solutions for the engineering profession worldwide.


Engineering X will deliver four initial programmes:

Safer Complex Systems

  • We live in a world where the critical infrastructure we depend on is made up of increasingly complex interconnected systems. Our safety is endangered when localised issues result in wider, often unanticipated consequences. This programme will develop and implement practical solutions to improve the safety of complex systems.

Safer End of Engineered Life

  • End-of-life and decommissioning bring safety challenges across many industries, ranging from hazardous medical waste to decommissioning of offshore structures. These issues often displace safety risks to parts of the world least able to manage them. This programme will improve safety in waste management by improving practices in the places where the safety challenges are most acute.

Engineering Skills where they are most needed

  • Population growth in emerging economies is driving huge investment in critical infrastructure. However, a skills gap that is exacerbated by a reliance on multinational organisations and temporary, non-domestic workforces is limiting capability to operate and maintain such infrastructure safely.  This programme will implement capacity-building programmes to address these needs.

Transforming Systems through Partnership 

  • To solve today’s most pressing development and sustainability challenges, academics need to work with industry, government and the public to build trust, design appropriate solutions and scale their uptake. Working in partnership with innovation agencies, this programme will build engineering teaching, research and innovation capacity within seven partner countries’ universities to collaborate with local stakeholders and UK academics in meeting local development challenges.

From gathering evidence, to implementing standards, Engineering X is working hard to identify and solve problems on a global scale. As well as these initial programmes, we would welcome additional partners who share the Academy and Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s vision of a safe and sustainable future to join the Engineering X alliance to engineer a better, safer world. 

Safer Complex Systems

Developing and implementing practical solutions to improve the safety of complex systems