Interdisciplinary symposia that facilitates national and international collaboration to tackle global development challenges

The goal of the two-and-a-half day symposia is to introduce outstanding engineers and international development workers (0-20 years post-doc, or equivalent experience in industry) to each other, and through this interaction facilitate:

  • Collaboration in engineering for development
  • The transfer of new techniques and approaches across disciplinary boundaries
  • The establishment of contacts among the next generation of engineering leaders and beyond

The event brings together a select group of around 60 emerging UK and global engineering and international development leaders from industry and academia to discuss:

  • Pioneering technical work
  • Cutting-edge research for international development
  • From a diversity of engineering fields

We intend that participants will establish networks that will have a lasting impact throughout their careers. In order to encourage this, at the end of each symposium participants will have the opportunity to apply for seed funding to help build on collaborative partnerships established at the event.


Follow the Frontiers Journey

Want to see what happens at a Frontiers of Engineering Symposium? The seventh Royal Academy of Engineering Frontier of Engineering for Development symposium took place in Mexico City, Mexico from 29-31 May 2019.

“Frontiers of Engineering for Development Symposia take interdisciplinary networking and research into a new reminded me what Engineering is all about and motivated me to build partnerships in order to find solutions.”

Dr Evi Viza, Lecturer in Quality Management, School of Science and Sport at the University of West Scotland talking about her experience at the 3rd Symposium held in Oxford, September 2017.


Symposium 8: From Feeding People to Nourishing People, 26-29 November, Madagascar

The eighth Royal Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering for Development symposium took place in Madagascar on 27-29 November.

The symposium focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger, and discussed topics such as how best to tackle malnutrition, how to strengthen the links between agricultural production and nutrition, as well as concepts of food safety and food security.