It’s been quite a while since I’ve had the time or pleasure to write a newsletter, however brief, so I’m delighted to attach our Report on Crowd Wise Ingenious Transport event Sheffield 061211 for RAE Ingenious funded Transport event.
PLUS a reminder that our Transport event follow-up meeting is 3pm, Thursday 26th January at OneEleven Building, Sheffield Hallam University – building opposite TJ Hughes at Castle Market. Although it’s free, donations appreciated – whatever you want to pay – to help with costs.
This project has opened my eyes to the vital role engineers play in our society as they quietly go about their day-to-day work.
I feel deeply honoured, as a lay person, to have had access to so many influential engineers from all disciplines. I would like to thank you all for giving so unstintingly of your time to support us in delivering this project to the expected standards.
Without engineers we would live in a different world without the luxury of heating, hot clean water, housing, safe rail or road systems, food supplies, fuel, robotics, metals, waste disposal, information or intellectual property to name just a few areas touched on or to be covered at our events – in fact everything we all take for granted.
We’ve had a lot of feedback ranging from an excellent, highly interactive process right through to need to do better – all of it’s been taken on board, in particular:
- feedback to involve engineers early on in shaping event questions;
- longer lead time between engineer briefing sessions and event delivery;
- give more information about project partnerships, relationships, processes and expected outputs at the outset of each event.
A major RAE Ingenious project aim is to raise the profile of engineering among lay people and especially young people.
As you can see from our Transport Event report, copy attached, it is a matter of critical concern for our future survival and economic success that:
- so few people are interested in engineering as the means to provide solutions to improve our living standards;
- the dearth of women in the engineering professions evidenced by the difficulty in recruiting women engineers for these events;
- recruiting young people in to engineering and manufacturing is a major issue;
Our final two events for the RAE Ingenious Project on the Sustainability agenda both run from 1.30pm – 4.30pm for event participants followed by a de-briefing session for event experts until 5.15pm and open to event participants will turn the spotlight on:
- Tuesday 14th March: Sustainable Housing – How can we afford to heat our homes?;
- Wednesday 29th March: Can Sustainable Manufacturing Kick-Start our Economy?
Online registration for our remaining two RAE Ingenious events going live shortly.