Last week, Sir John Parker GBE FREng, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, led a delegation of Academy Fellows and staff to the annual conference of CAETS, the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences, which this year was  hosted by the Chinese Academy of Engineering in Beijing.

The conference, on the theme of Engineering and the future of humankind, was personally addressed by President of China Xi Jin Ping in the iconic Great Hall of the People. The President of China also held a private audience with Sir John Parker and a number of representatives of the other principal national academies.

During the visit, Sir John Parker addressed the conference’s 1,800 delegates on the development of the UK’s national industrial strategy and how national academies can be powerful advocates for change, by supporting  modern policies on innovation and education.

In his closing remarks, Sir John said:

“An academy which represents the full range of engineering disciplines has a much more comprehensive understanding of cutting edge technological developments than any government department, no matter how large its budget.

“If we use the full breadth of our membership appropriately, we can give government useful advice on anticipating and exploiting new technology opportunities. It also helps us to build capacity in these nascent industries, by nurturing potential and creating leadership.

“I hope that during this summit we will take advantage of this by starting some serious conversations about future industries - and all of the other challenges on today's agenda. Then we will really be playing our part in enhancing the future of mankind.”

Notes for Editors

  1. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering.We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place  to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.We have four strategic challenges: Drive faster and more balanced economic growth; foster better education and skills; lead the profession; promote engineering at the heart of society.

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Giorgio De Faveri at the Royal Academy of Engineering
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