Frontiers of Engineering for Development is a series of interdisciplinary symposia that facilitates national and international collaboration to tackle global development challenges. The event brings together a select group of around 60 emerging UK and global engineering leaders from industry and academia to discuss pioneering technical work and cutting-edge research for international development from a diversity of engineering fields. Seed funding is available to progress some of the best ideas coming out of the event.

The goal of the two-and-a-half day symposia is to introduce these outstanding engineers (5-20 years post-doc, or equivalent experience in industry) to each other, and through this interaction facilitate collaboration in engineering for development, the transfer of new techniques and approaches across disciplinary boundaries and the establishment of contacts among the next generation of engineering leaders.

We intend that participants will establish networks that will have a lasting impact throughout their careers. In order to encourage this, at the end of each symposium participants will have the opportunity to apply for seed funding to help build on collaborative partnerships established at the event. 

“Frontiers of Engineering for Development Symposia take interdisciplinary networking and research into a new reminded me what Engineering is all about and motivated me to build partnerships in order to find solutions.”

Dr Evi Viza, Lecturer in Quality Management, School of Science and Sport at the University of West Scotland talking about her experience at the 3rd Symposium held in Oxford, September 2017.

Follow the Frontiers Journey

Want to see what happens at a Frontiers of Engineering Symposium? Kgomotso Setlhapelo attended our fourth Symposium on the theme of Agriculture, Data and the Knowledge Economy in Pretoria, South Africa. Follow his story and see his experiences here: