The Royal Academy of Engineering has announced a £15 million partnership with the Lloyd’s Register Foundation to address critical challenges in engineering safety around the world. The partnership will build on the Academy’s network of global alliances to tackle the most pressing engineering safety and sustainability problems, and develop these into practical and accessible outputs for the engineering profession and affected communities.

Over five years, the partnership will allocate £15 million in funding to create communities of best practice and build global research collaborations to develop practical solutions. The partnership will initially focus on three topics:

  • Safer Complex Systems - We live in a world where the critical infrastructure upon which we rely is increasingly made of complex interconnected systems. Our safety is endangered when localised issues result in much wider often unanticipated consequences. This programme will develop and implement practical solutions to improve the safety of complex systems. For more information please click here.
  • Safer End of Engineering Life - End of life and decommissioning bring safety challenges across many industries, ranging from hazardous medical waste to decommissioning of offshore structures. These issues often displace safety risks to parts of the world least able to manage them. This international programme will improve safety by improving practices. For more information please click here.
  • Developing Engineering Skills where they are most needed - Population growth in emerging economies is driving huge investment in critical infrastructure. However, a skills gap that is exacerbated by a reliance on multinational organisations and temporary, non-domestic workforces is limiting capability to operate and maintain such infrastructure safely. This programme will implement capacity-building programmes to address these needs. For more information please click here.

Announced during the Global Engineering Congress 2018, the partnership may result in new standards, or codes of conduct, or even new approaches to engineering education, and will support programmes that have the most impact upon engineering practice globally.

As the partnership develops it is hoped that additional funders who share the Academy and Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s vision of engineering a safe and sustainable future will join the network. Interested parties are encouraged to get in touch with the Academy and contact Shaarad Sharma.