Calling all engineers! Can you help in the fight against COVID-19?

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Calling all engineers!

With each day that passes, the severity of the coronavirus outbreak increases, as the issues extend beyond health concerns, impacting stock markets around the world and the way businesses operate.

The Royal Academy of Engineering has recognised the critical role that engineers can play in managing the impact of the pandemic, and is asking its Fellows, awardees and partners to use their combined engineering expertise and UK and global networks to help identify solutions, organisations and contacts that could help governments address challenges and assist the public health response.

There is an immediate need for ventilator manufacture, but The Royal Academy of Engineering are encouraging innovation and ideas across all areas, including healthcare systems, critical infrastructure, business management and supply chain.

The Academy is supporting the following calls for assistance:

  • The UK government’s urgent call for assistance from engineering and manufacturing organisations around the UK to help boost the supply of ventilators and ventilator components across the UK to support the National Health Service in its response to COVID-19
  • The Frontier Tech Hub’s urgent call to emerging markets for Rapidly Manufactured Ventilation Systems, inviting applications for an existing, proven technology that can be rapidly adapted to be built in the UK. The winning technology will be adapted for manufacture and use in the UK by a team at UCL’s Institute for Healthcare Engineering with GDI Hub, and will receive a licensing fee
  • In addition, there are other key areas where the engineering community may be able to provide new approaches to specific challenges through technological developments. The Academy is calling on its Fellows, awardees and partners to help accelerate innovations, provide relevant policy advice and establish communications and engagement channels for people to share experiences and knowledge with governments and other organisations.

The Royal Academy of Engineering has identified the below specific requests as a great way to offer your expertise:

If you don't feel able to respond to the specific requests, there are still ways that you as an engineering professional can help with the effort to address the coronavirus, so please do get in touch with The Royal Academy of Engineering.


09/03/20: CMI Women: Sponsorship in STEM | Chartered Management Institute

CMI Women: Sponsorship in STEM

Choosing a STEM industry career could lead to an exciting and financially rewarding future - so why aren’t more women exploring this path?

Join us at the Royal Academy of Engineering for an event focusing on strengthening diversity, skills and sponsorship of women in STEM.

We are delighted to invite you to attend our upcoming CMI Women event, supporting and celebrating the opportunities for Women in STEM. Join us as we explore how we can widen and strengthen the talent pipeline, act as agents of change and encourage more women and girls to explore careers in these disciplines.

In partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering, we'll hear from Chief Executive Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE CMgr CCMI and others who have broken down barriers and changed preconceptions, working and thriving in STEM industries and supporting others to do the same. We hope it will be an insightful evening with the opportunity to network and celebrate together.

Agenda

5:45pm Registration & Refreshments

6:15pm Welcome

Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE CMgr CCMI, CEO, Royal Academy of Engineering

6:25pm Keynote

Katherine Bennett CBE, Senior Vice-President, Airbus and Head, Women in Aviation

6:35pm “A Conversation”

Chaired by Ann Francke OBE CMgr CCMI, CEO, CMI

Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE CMgr CCMI, CEO, Royal Academy of Engineering

Katherine Bennett CBE, Senior Vice-President, Airbus and Head, Women in Aviation

6:45pm Panel Discussion

Chaired by Ann Francke OBE CMgr CCMI, CEO, CMI

  • Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE CMgr CCMI, CEO, Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Mike Haigh, Chairman, Mott MacDonald
  • Jo Moffatt CMgr CCMI, CMI Women Deputy Chair, Practice Director, Atkins
  • Helen Gordon, CEO, Science Council
  • Debbie Forster MBE, CEO, Tech Talent Charter

7:30pm Closing Remarks

Ann Francke OBE CMgr CCMI, CEO, CMI

7:40pm Canapes, Drinks & Networking

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