The Royal Academy of Engineering will be showing how engineers’ work can save lives at the Big Bang Fair, held at London’s ExCel Centre on 14-17 March 2013.

The Big Bang Fair is the UK’s largest celebration of science and engineering. Over 70,000 visitors are expected at this year’s event, which will feature an interactive exhibition area, a programme of workshop and shows and the finals of the National Science + Engineering Competition.

This year, the Academy will be hosting a stand at the event with the theme Engineers save lives. A range of interactive activities will demonstrate to visitors how engineers can come to the rescue during natural disasters. Visitors will be able to find out how buildings stay upright during earthquakes, how engineers can get water to those in need and how to locate a missing person with a heat-sensing camera.

The Academy will also be presenting the Royal Academy of Engineering Prize at this year’s fair. The prize is awarded to a group or individual taking part in the National Science + Engineering Competition whose project demonstrates the best application of engineering principles.

This year’s winner will receive £500 and have the opportunity to meet some of the McLaren team on a behind-the-scenes tour of the McLaren Technology Centre in Surrey. The 2012 award was won by Mark McEvoy from St. Colman's College, Newry, Northern Ireland for his 'Multi-Lift' tractor attachment.

Notes for editors

  1. The Royal Academy of Engineering

    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.
  2. The Big Bang Fair

    Launched in 2009, The Big Bang: UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair is the UK's biggest single celebration of science and engineering for young people and aims to celebrate and inspire them. Involving over 110 organisations from across the private, public and voluntary sectors, and reaching out to schools and students across the country, The Big Bang represents a true partnership of the UK's science and engineering communities. The event is led by EngineeringUK in partnership with the British Science Association, the Institute of Physics, the Science Council, the Royal Academy of Engineering and Young Engineers.

For more information please contact

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