With projects ranging from a computer that can learn musical timing like a human musician to robots that can play football, researchers funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering will talk about their work at the Academy’s Annual Research Forum. The event on Wednesday 12 September will bring together many of the best engineering researchers from across the UK.

This annual meeting provides a superb opportunity for individuals undertaking cutting edge engineering research, their industry sponsors, and a host of interested parties to meet and hear about the wide range of projects that are currently under way. Researchers will be exhibiting their work from the variety of research schemes that the Academy funds.

The Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), will also speak on ‘the research agenda’.

The Academy has sponsored innovative engineering research in UK universities for 30 years and the programme is now worth over £30 million. We are currently funding 43 Research Chairs and Senior Research Fellows. These are co-sponsored by industry for a period of five to ten years, over the course of which post-holders are able to develop and lead a prestigious research group and gain international standing. The Research Fellowships scheme currently funds 63 Fellowships, each for five years. These Fellowships aim to retain the best post-doctoral engineers in UK research, and provide a stepping stone to a successful research career in academia or industry.

The new Engineering Enterprise Fellowships scheme enables outstanding entrepreneurial researchers in the UK to develop the commercial potential of their work and ultimately bring a product to market. The Academy also provides training, mentoring and access to ‘business angels’ and venture capital networks throughout the course of the Fellowship.

Academy President Sir John Parker GBE FREng says: “Building networks and relationships between academia and industry is critical to ensuring that more research in the UK will contribute to wealth creation. Cutting edge research to improve the health and well-being of the nation is as important as increasing its wealth. We are funding great people and great research that will make a real difference to both the economy and society.”

Notes for editors

  1. The Research Forum will be held at the Royal Academy of Engineering, 3 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1, from 10am to 3.45pm on 12 September.
  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

Jane Sutton at the Royal Academy of Engineering
Tel. 020 7766 0636; email: Jane Sutton