The Royal Academy of Engineering, in collaboration with the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), is this week bringing together 60 of the brightest young engineering researchers from both the UK and Brazil for a unique cross-disciplinary symposium, Brazil-UK Frontiers of Engineering.

The symposium, to be held in São Paulo on 6-8 November 2014, aims to break down geographical and professional barriers and encourage researchers to think about developments and problems at the frontiers of disciplines very different from their own. Themes for the meeting include smart grids, big data, bioremediation and oil and gas.

The event is designed to allow the participants to meet the very best researchers, not just from other fields, but from a different continent, and to develop a multidisciplinary perspective on engineering. It will also help them to establish multinational networks for collaboration and exchange of ideas.

As a recent report by Engineering the Future highlighted, engineering has outgrown its conventional classifications and now underpins advances in many different fields. 

This makes it increasingly important, especially for young researchers, to build connections with colleagues working in different fields of engineering, which will help to develop a free flow of ideas and new challenges to be shared across the whole profession.

Professor Alison Noble FREng, Director of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and co-chair of the event, said:

“To address the complex global challenges which face us we need a new generation of engineers who are comfortable working outside disciplinary silos and in collaboration with their peers across the globe. The Frontiers of Engineering symposia are a great way to build international links and cross-disciplinary awareness of the engineering leaders of tomorrow.”

Details of the symposium can be found on FAPESP website


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.
  1. FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation) is a public foundation, funded by the taxpayer in the State of São Paulo, with the mission to support research projects in higher education and research institutions, in all fields of knowledge.

    FAPESP maintains cooperation agreements with national and international research funding agencies, higher educational and research institutions and business enterprises. The international cooperation covers a broad range of countries and agencies including the UK Research Councils, the Agence Nationale de Recherche (ANR) in France, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in Germany, and NSF in the U.S.

For more information please contact:

Giorgio De Faveri at the Royal Academy of Engineering
T: 020 7766 0655 
E: Giorgio De Faveri

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