As the Olympics beckon, visitors across the UK are to be given the chance to learn more about the engineering behind the games, thanks to a number of projects funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering’s public engagement grant scheme, Ingenious.

The Science Museum will play host to a series of events to showcase and discuss Olympic and Paralympic engineering while, at the V&A Museum of Childhood, sports engineers will be on hand to answer visitors’ questions both online and in person. In Scotland, the Edinburgh International Science Festival will be taking a look at human movement and sporting performance, exploring everything from fitness and power to the aesthetics of movement,

Representing the Cultural Olympiad is ~Flow, an innovative watermill located on the River Tyne. One of 12 public art commissions celebrating the Olympic and Paralympic games, the floating artwork creates sounds and data in response to its changing environment. ~Flow has been awarded a grant to extend its events programme, giving audiences the chance to meet the engineers involved in its creation.

This year 20 projects have been funded by the Ingenious scheme with the aim of encouraging and training engineers to engage the public in their work. Ingenious, which supports projects across the UK, is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Professor Christopher Bishop FREng, Chair of the Ingenious funding panel and Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, said: "The projects funded by Ingenious not only give the public an insight into engineering, but also the chance to ask questions and share their views. Engineering is woven into the fabric of our society and Ingenious gives engineers the tools and opportunities to make it more accessible for everyone.”

Ingenious has funded over 90 projects to date, providing opportunities for over 1,000 engineers to take part in thought-provoking activities, to gain skills in communication and to bring engineering to the heart of society.

Ingenious grant awardees 2012, by region and nation (384.61 KB)

Notes for editors

  1. Ingenious is the Royal Academy of Engineering’s public engagement grants scheme for creative public engagement with engineering projects. The scheme is supported by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Further information on the scheme is at:
  2. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

For more information please contact

Manisha Lalloo at The Royal Academy of Engineering
Tel. 020 7766 0683; email: Manisha Lalloo