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IET events this April – #engineering and technology dates for your diary

April 5, 2017


Throughout April the IET’s Local Networks are hosting a myriad of events, covering topics as varied as VLC applications through to the consequences of Brexit on innovation in the UK.

For those looking to hone their soft skills there are a number of lifeskills workshops taking place across Great Britain, but there’s also a wide variety of technical seminars and conferences if you’re looking to enhance your engineering knowledge.

When it comes to technical visits you’re spoilt for choice: with engineers in Asia invited to visit sites such as the DHL Asia-Pacific Innovation Centre and Qianhai Free Trade Zone. In the UK you can check out the Typhoon jet at RAF Coningsby or perhaps Tata Llanwern’s automotive finishing line.

Finally, for those looking for a bit of fun, why not go along to one of the network’s quiz nights? And for those in Cardiff, there’s an IET takeover of Techniquest!

Below are a few of our personal highlights for the month, but full listings are available on the IET’s events search page.


07 April, Visible light communication (VLC) applications, Hung Hom, seminar

09 April, Middleton Railway, Leeds, visit

12 April, Brexit: opportunity or threat for UK innovation, London, lecture

13 April, Lifeskills: Leading and developing successful teams, Oxford, course

14 April, Qianhai Free Trade Zone, technical visit

18-20 April, Finance and accounting, London, course

18 April, IET Techniquest takeover, Cardiff, social event

20 April, Chocolate: from the bean to the bar, London, workshop

20 April, Tata Llanwern automotive finishing line, Swansea, technical visit

21 April, DHL Asia-Pacific Innovation Centre, Singapore, technical visit

21 April, Quiz night, Leicester, social event

25 April, Present Around the World local heat, Bath, competition

26 April, Future of Engineering 2017: innovation, trust and responsibility, London, conference

26 April, Oxford Brookes University Motor Sport Faculty, Wheatley, technical visit

27 April, Inter-professional networking, Birmingham, social event

IET events this March – #engineering and technology dates for your diary

March 1, 2017



There’s something for everyone this month, with lectures, technical visits, career workshops, social gatherings and competitions.

With spring just round the corner, why not make the most of the lengthening days and head along to an IET event one evening? LN diaries around the world are filling up with events – this month you’ll find things taking place from Australia and Cyprus through to Hong Kong and Israel!

During March several Lifeskills workshops are taking place across the UK, where you can improve your presentation skills and tidy up your CV, then more local heats are underway for the IET’s Present Around The World competition.

You may also be interested in some networking opportunities – as well as events aimed specifically at female engineers and those working in the renewables section, several Local Networks are hosting socials to find out more about how you can get involved.

There are also several courses on offer in March, covering topics such as commercial awareness, project management and specification writing. And finally, technical visits are planned for GKN Carbon Fibre, Tyhpoo’s tea factory and Bombardier Rail Works to name but a few, so be sure to book a place before they fill up!

You can take a look at the full listings, but below are a few of our highlights for the month…


01 March, Get involved with the IET Birmingham Network, Birmingham, social event

02 March, Introduction to bidding and tendering, London, course

04 March, Young Innovators Day, Nicosia, Exhibition

07 March, Young Professionals visit to the Romford Rail Operating Centre, Romford, visit

09 March, Typhoo Tea Factory, Wirral, visit

11 March, Robot Day and Robot Triathlon 2017, Derby, competition

11 March, Career and Professionalism Congress, Hung Hom, conference

15 March, Lifeskills – Back to basics with presenting, Cheltenham, workshop

21-22 March, Project management techniques, London, course

22 March, Lifeskills – Make an impact with your CV, Manchester, workshop

23 March, Commercial awareness for technical people, London, course

23 March, Women in engineering networking, Adelaide, social event

29 March, GKN Carbon Fibre, Bristol, visit

30 March, Specification writing, Bristol, course

IET events this February – #engineering and technology dates for your diary

February 1, 2017



Although the UK may be facing a grey and wet start to February, the IET is giving you many reasons to don those waterproofs and get out and about this month.

Several events introducing the different levels of professional registration – and how to achieve them – are taking place across the country as well as a myriad of lectures on topics as varied as AI in gaming through to electrification in motorsport.

February sees the start of the regional UK heats for the international Present Around The World competition and there’s still time to enter, simply head to the official website to find out where your nearest competition is taking place. Plus there are also several interesting technical visits going ahead throughout the month, including a behind the scenes technical visit to the Royal Shakespeare Company and a chance to find out more about the Atlas experiment at CERN.

If you’re interested in meeting more like-minded people then why not head along to one of the social events the IET holds, such as a networking evening in Sheffield. Or if you’re after something a little more light-hearted, then check out Manchester’s golf and bowling nights out.

You can take a look at the full listings, but below are a few of our highlights for the month…


02 February, Electrification in motorsports, Coventry, seminar

02 February, Whatever next? The past, present and future of game AI, Colchester, lecture

07 February, South Yorkshire Local Network Social Evening, Sheffield, social event

08 February, Chiltern Railways Depot, Aylesbury, visit

08-09 February, Technical report writing, London, course

09 February, Backstage at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, visit
15 February, Routes to registration, Birmingham, workshop

16 February, The next big thing – the Physical Internet, Swansea, lecture

18 February, The IET Plays a Round – bowling, Manchester, social event

21 February, Lifeskills: continuing professional development (CPD), Scunthorpe, lecture

22 February, The good researcher’s guide to publishing, London, seminar

22 February, The IET Annual Dinner, London, social event

23 February, Atlas experiment at CERN, Geneva, visit

28 February, Present Around The World – Swindon heat, Lyneham, competition

IET events this January – #engineering and technology dates for your diary

January 4, 2017


Happy New Year! The holidays are over and now it’s time to tackle the next 12 months head on! You may have given yourself some New Year’s resolutions already, but we’re throwing another one out there for you to consider – why not make the most of the opportunities the IET provides by attending some of its many events taking place across the UK and beyond?

This month we’ve got Lifeskills workshops galore, covering everything from presentation skills and CPD through to networking and project management, plus many interesting lectures and technical visits. There’s also several conferences taking place, including a two-day event in London looking at the exciting area of horizontal innovation.

Below are a few of our highlights for the month, but also be sure to check out the full IET events listings to find out about everything taking place near you…

05 January, Professional registration workshop, Reading, workshop

10 January, Lifeskills: Back to basics with presenting, Swindon, workshop

11 January, Future control of the grid, Edinburgh, lecture

17 January, Space robotics: past, present and future, Brighton, lecture

18 January, Specification writing, London, course

18 January, Technical visit – National Grid, Wokingham, visit

18 January, Energy from Waste plant, Plymouth, visit

25 January, New opportunities in manufacturing, Glasgow, seminar

25 January, Starship engineering, Telford, lecture

26 January, Introduction to TRIZ, London, course

30-31 January, Horizontal innovation, London, conference

IET events this December – #engineering and technology dates for your diary

November 30, 2016

december iet events‘Tis the season for joy and merriment, and the IET is getting in on the action by offering a number of fun, family Christmas lectures across the UK this month. There are also a number of different social events taking place for IET members of all ages and walks of life, including quizzes and Christmas parties.

But if you’re more interested in education than entertainment, the IET still has something to suit your needs. Both soft skill and technical workshops are on offer throughout December, plus a number of technical visits are taking place all across the globe, including a trip to SBB Zurich main station and a chance to go behind the scenes of London Bridge’s redevelopment.

Finally, the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year  award ceremony takes place on 1 December, so keep your eyes open for all the news on the winners!

Below are a few of our highlights for the month, but also be sure to check out the full IET events listings to find out about everything taking place near you…


01 December, IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards, London, competition

06 December, IET Scotland Christmas Lecture: What goes up might come down, Edinburgh, lecture

06 December, Lifeskills: Back to basics with presenting, London, workshop

10 December, Open day at IET London: Savoy Place, visit

12 December, Ask the engineer – the engineering of toys, Reading, lecture

13-15 December, Engineering Biology Conference

16 December, A room with a boom: Christmas family lecture, Bristol, lecture

16 December, IET and BCS Young Professionals Christmas party, London, social event

17 December, Customer technical centre in 3M HK, Hong Kong, visit

19 December, SBB Zurich Main Station, Zurich, visit


IET events this November – #engineering and technology dates for your diary

November 1, 2016



This November the IET has a wide variety of events on offer for those interested in engineering and technology. As well as a huge array of informative lectures there’s a great selection of technical visits on offer including a trip to RLab Reading Hackspace, a chance to check out the Defence Academy’s armoured vehicles in Swindon and an anaerobic digester and wind turbine tour in Newtonstewart.

Internationally there are also several interesting events taking place including – but not limited to – a visit to the Royal New Zealand Navy in Auckland to discuss technology in fighting frigates and a technical tour of Hong Kong International Airport in Lantau.

A variety of Lifeskills workshops are being held across the UK if you’d like to improve on your soft skills, plus there are several longer courses available on topics such as TRIZ and specification writing as well as the IET’s regular professional development and registration workshops.

Finally, for young engineers it may be worth noting that this November there is a Student and employer engagement day taking place at IET London: Savoy Place. Aimed at engineering students and recent grads, this is an opportunity to learn more about working in industry, summer placements and internship opportunities as well as networking with a wide range of potential employers.

Below are some of our highlights for the month, but be sure to check out the full IET events listings to find out about everything taking place near you.


02 November, Energy Technology Centre, East Kilbride, visit

03 November, The Aston Martin DB11 powertrain, Rugby, lecture

05 November, UC San Diego Formula SAE Racecar team, San Diego, visit

08 November, Big data analytics for smart power networks, London, seminar

15 November, Biomedical systems: where electronics meets biology, Swindon, lecture

15-16 November, Mastering requirements using MBSE, London, course

16 November, The IET Innovation Awards 2016, London, competition

16 November, Eirgrid NCC, Dublin, visit

16 November, Cybersecurity – how to remain vigilant and avoid online threats, Guildford, lecture

17 November, Introduction to bidding and tendering, London, course

19-20 November, Imagineering Fair, Coventry, exhibition

21 November, Continuing professional development webinar, online, course

23 November, Lifeskills: the art of being assertive, Belfast, course

29 November, Internet of Things: healthcare – connecting the sick and elderly

30 November, Specification writing, London, course

IET events this September – #engineering and technology dates for your diary

September 2, 2016


September sees the number of IET events ramp up as its networks begin their new sessions. Lectures, seminars and technical visits are taking place all over the world, with Local Networks arranging special access to places such as Cathay Pacific City – the company’s international HQ at Hong Kong Airport and Crossrail’s Canary Wharf station.

There’s also a clear focus on education, professional development and registration this month, with workshops and courses galore in the calendar. Why not go along to a workshop to learn more about attained Chartered Engineer status, discover the basics behind project management at a Lifeskills event or attend a two-day course on technical report writing?

This month there is also the dual launch of the 2016 IET Skills Survey and ‘Engineering Work Experience for All’, a new campaign championing the right of every engineering student to have access to practical experience in the workplace. Taking place on 20 September, you can register to attend the free event at IET London: Savoy Place here.

Below are a few of our highlights for the month, but also be sure to check out the full IET events listings to find out about everything taking place near you.


06 September, Route to Chartered Engineer, Wellington, New Zealand, workshop

06-08 September, IoT India Congress, Karnataka, India, conference

07 September, CA Models, Stirling, technical visit

08 September, Specification writing, Glasgow, course

10 September, IET London: Savoy Place Tour, open day

10 September, Extra Terrestrial Mapping, Redondo Beach, California, lecture

12 September, How to win a job, Melbourne, Australia, workshop

13 September, Wales SE Healthcare section launch event, Cardiff, seminar

15 September, Ethics for engineers, London, course

16 September, Making an impact with your CV, online, webinar

20-21 September, Technical report writing, London, course

27 September, Crossrail’s Canary Wharf station, London, technical visit

IET #events this August – #engineering and technology dates for your diary

August 3, 2016


The IET calendar may get a little quieter over the summer months as Local Networks slow down for summer holidays but, even so, there are still many interesting events taking place throughout August.

Conferences take a look at driving horizontal innovation and the role WWI had on the telecommunications sector this month, while there are several courses looking at both technical and soft skills.

Birmingham is hosting the Young Entrepreneurs Competition this August, giving young business-minded engineers the chance to demonstrate their abilities, plus there are several technical visits on offer across the UK and beyond.

The Hong Kong network is especially active this month, with a number of technical visits taking place across the region as well as the network’s Power and Energy Sector hosting a professional networking night.

Below are a few of our highlights for the month, but also be sure to check out the full IET events listings to find out about everything taking place near you.


08 August: Aish Technologies Ltd, Poole, technical visit

10 August: Telecommunications in the aftermath of WWI: Civilian and military perspectives, London, conference

10 August: Young Entrepreneurs Competition, Birmingham, competition

10 August: Driving horizontal innovation, Cranfield, conference

12 August: Managing change, online, course

19 August: Power and energy section IET Hong Kong professional networking night, Hong Kong, social event

20 August: Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company, Chek Lap Kok, technical visit

23 August: Lifeskills: Effective negotiation, Aberdeen, workshop

31 August: TVB, Tseung Kwan O, technical visit

Out and about: E&T’s pick of #technology #events in August

August 2, 2016

Activities for all ages taking place during August. As always, check in advance with the organiser’s website for current details about start time, and whether there’s any charge or need to register.

Summer Bytes Festival

National Museum of Computing, Bletchley Park, until 28 August

Open every afternoon from noon until 5pm, the Summer Bytes Festival has fun and learning in store for all the family. Throughout August, visitors can experience different realities and see into a completely different world from the safety of the Museum with virtual technology like Oculus Rift and more. There is stunning augmented reality too with Pokémon Go (the Museum is a Pokémon Gym!), the Quiver app that brings 3D colouring cards to life and an insight of the 4D+ world of Octagon Studios flashcards magically transformed with iPads. Good old-fashioned retro reality is featured too with computer games that absorbed youth a few decades ago. Robots past and present meet when 2016 Pepper starts a conversation with George, Tony Sale’s famous robot creation from the 1950s. If words fail George, Pepper will turn to visitors for stimulating conversation – be prepared to meet the future of robotics! A selection of workshops and talks involves everything from the science of Doctor Who and special effects to F1 in Schools challenge, computer art and music.

Telecommunications in the Aftermath of WW1: Civilian and Military perspectives

IET London: Savoy Place, 10 August

It’s now well recognised that the First Word War had a deep impact on the technology and practice of telecommunications, but much remains to be understood about the complex and multifaceted nature of that impact, as well as the evolution of telecommunications between the wars. The interwar years arguably witnessed the maturing of wireless technology, with the completion of the transition to continuous wave systems, the growth of broadcasting, the setting up of long-distance networks and the evolution of smaller, more portable and easier to use devices. Likewise, telephony saw significant evolution with extensive growth in users, the development of trunk telephony and the automation of exchanges. This IET conference brings together diverse perspectives to understand the extent to which the interwar period was a formative one, exploring not just innovations and their use but also the political, social and economic dimensions of telecommunications development.

Stereoscopy: an Introduction to Victorian Stereo Photography

Online course, 1-14 August (3 hours per week)

Discover why the stereoscope and stereo photography mesmerised Victorians when they first appeared at 1851’s Great Exhibition with this free online course from the National Museum of Scotland examining the rise of stereo photography and the work of pioneering photographers George Washington Wilson and Thomas Richard Williams. Participants will explore how the stereoscope, originally created by inventor Sir Charles Wheatstone to investigate human binocular vision, was improved by scientist Sir David Brewster, to become a vital, elaborate drawing room essential with thousands of stereo images were printed and bought each year.

Bristol Museum L Shed Behind the Scenes Tours

Tuesday-Saturday, 31 May -3 September

Like all museums, Bristol has much more in its collections than can ever be displayed at any one time. L Shed contains thousands of items from the industrial, maritime and social history collections that are vividly brought to life by our volunteer guides on tours where visitors can encounter treasures from Bristol’s past. Go behind the scenes and see huge machinery, delicate models and intriguing objects of all shapes and sizes that, one day, will have their turn on display.

Above and Beyond: The ultimate interactive flight exhibition

Royal Museums Greenwich, Until 29 August

Experience what space flight is really like and glimpse into its future in this family-friendly, interactive exhibition where visitors can encounter the unique wonder of flight as thye learn to fly like a bird, and design and race their own supersonic jet. Take an elevator ride to the edge of space and enjoy the view of Earth from above, or go on a Marathon to Mars and see how your body would cope on the long-haul trip to the red planet. Above and Beyond is the most interactive exhibition on aerospace ever to tour. It’s packed with immersive simulations, participative design challenges and visionary concepts for the future and features over 10 exciting interactives.

Beyond the Lab

Science Museum, London, all month

A new exhibition at the Science Museum explores how members of the public are playing a greater role in scientific research than ever before. Beyond the Lab, which forms part of the EU-supported initiative Sparks, tells the stories of nine different innovators who are using crowd-sourced data, community lab projects and DIY apparatus to revolutionise front-line scientific research. The projects are explored through objects, video interviews and photographs that illustrate the breadth and strength of contemporary scientific practice across Europe today. Case studies range from The Mosquito Atlas Project’s Doreen Walther, who crowd-sources mosquitoes from across Germany to provide a vital monitoring service allowing prediction and planning for outbreaks, to Sara Riggare, who has Parkinson’s disease and uses wearable technology to track her symptoms and customise her treatments.

Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 18 June – 6 November

This summer exhibition focuses on the design philosophy of Ove Arup (1895-1988), one of the most influential engineers of the 20th century and the pioneer of a multidisciplinary approach to design that has defined the way engineering is understood and practiced today. On display will be designs for some of Arup’s first projects such as Sydney Opera House and the Penguin Pool at London Zoo, alongside recent projects by Arup, the global engineering consultancy. The exhibition is part of the V&A’s 2016 Engineering Season which will also comprise a site-specific installation in the John Madejski Garden by engineer and architect Achim Menges and an associated programme of talks, workshops and events.

Fire! Fire!

Museum of London, until April 2017

Discover London before, during and after the Great Fire of 1666 in an interactive exhibition marking the 350th anniversary of this infamous disaster. Experience the destruction of London through the eyes of people who were there at the time, explore the evidence for yourself and find out how the city rose from the ashes in this interactive exhibition.


IET events this July – #engineering and #technology dates for your diary

July 4, 2016

JulyThis month many IET events appear to have a focus on furthering skills, with courses and workshops taking place across the UK as well as online.

Interested members can sign up for courses on TRIZ and MBSE or attend Lifeskills workshops on topics such as management and communication.

With summer upon us it’s also a great time to get out and about and so many of the IET’s Local Networks have been arranging special technical visits. In the Hong Kong region especially, members are spoilt for choice with several technical visits happening throughout the month.

July also offers the opportunity to come along to IET London: Savoy Place for a tour of the new and improved building, and for those that follow the renowned Present Around The World competition, the EMEA region final takes place towards the end of the month in Barcelona.

Below are a few of our highlights for the month, but also be sure to check out the full IET events listings to find out about everything taking place near you.


05 July, Introduction to TRIZ, Birmingham, course

06 July, RNLI Shannon Class Lifeboat building, Poole, technical visit

06-07 July, Mastering requirements using MBSE, London, course

06-07 July, Essentials of management, Manchester, course

09 July, Guangdong Daya Bay Nuclear Power Station, Guangdong, technical visit

12 July, CLP Smart Grid Experience Centre, Kowloon, technical visit

16 July, IET London: Savoy Place Tour, London, visit

22 July, Webinar – Communicating for success, online, course

23 July, EMEA Present Around The World regional final, Barcelona, competition

27 July, Continuing professional development, Manchester, workshop

29 July, Coding the Future, London, workshop