A Celebration of UK Engineering Research and Innovation


Joint press release issued by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Joint press release issued by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

A Celebration of UK Engineering Research and Innovation
17th November 2004, ExCel, Docklands, London

Invitation for Journalists (Exhibition Preview)

This exhibition looks at the achievements of UK Engineering and its potential for the future.
The twelve themes of the event cover every aspect of our lives from Healthcare, Transport, Manufacturing and Housing to Aerospace, Defence, the Environment and Communications. The event brings together people who are involved in all aspects of UK Engineering and are leading the way in world class research. Projects on display include:

  • The operating room of the future designed for computer assisted surgery
  • A model of the ExoRover, a vehicle designed for exploration on Mars
  • A synthetic pig that is helping improve the profitability of livestock production
  • A running track for dust mites that shows how they behave and can be controlled
  • An interactive living environment that responds to the needs of the user
  • A laboratory model of a process for converting biomass into liquid fuel
  • Portable 'lab on a chip' devices for environmental monitoring
  • A car customised to suit the driver's needs
  • Sports shoes produced by 'tool-less' manufacturing techniques
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles ( UAVs) for military reconnaissance and environmental monitoring

    The event is jointly supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Royal Academy of Engineering. Journalists are invited to a preview of the exhibition at 3pm which includes the opportunity to talk to representatives from each of the twelve themes (see below for registration details, theme outlines and how to obtain further exhibit information).

    This event is a key component of the International Review of UK Engineering Research 2004. The Review has been jointly organised by EPSRC and the Royal Academy of Engineering. The aim of the Review is to establish an independent assessment of the quality of UK engineering compared with international standards. This review is the sixth in a series undertaken by EPSRC in collaboration with the relevant subject societies. Further information is available on the International review of Engineering Research 2004 website: http://www.irer2004.org.uk/

    Notes for Editors:
    To attend the exhibition preview at 3pm on November 17th please reply to this e-mail, providing the following details:

    Contact e-mail:
    Contact telephone number:
    I would like to attend the preview for journalists at 3pm: yes/ no
    I would like to attend the full event (details below): yes/no

    Exhibition Agenda:

    15.00 Exhibition preview for journalists
    15.30 Exhibition opens

    Key note speakers

    18.20 Welcome address:
    Lord Broers FRS, FREng, President the Royal Academy of Engineering

    18.30 The Rt Hon Jacqui Smith MP, Minister of State for Industry and the Regions, Deputy Minister for Women and Equality

    18.55 Sir David Brown FREng, Chairman, Motorola Ltd, UK

    19.20 Closing comments:
    Professor John O'Reilly FREng, Chief Executive, EPSRC

    19.30 Drinks reception
    21.00 Exhibition closes

    Venue directions for ExCel, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL can be found at: www.exhibition-conference-centre.co.uk/

    Theme areas for the exhibition (a more detailed outline of each display and contacts for each theme are available from the EPSRC press office, see details below):

    Aeronautics, Space & Defence
    Built Environment
    Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals and Process Technologies
    Microsystems and Communications Technologies
    Environmental Engineering
    Mechanisms and Materials
    Manufacturing and Design
    Technology Transfer
    Underpinning Technologies

    The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the UK's main agency for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences. The EPSRC invests more than 500 million a year in research and postgraduate training, to help the nation handle the next generation of technological change. The areas covered range from information technology to structural engineering, and mathematics to materials science. This research forms the basis for future economic development in the UK and improvements for everyone's health, lifestyle and culture. EPSRC also actively promotes public awareness of science and engineering. EPSRC works alongside other Research Councils with responsibility for other areas of research. The Research Councils work collectively on issues of common concern via Research Councils UK. Website address for more information on EPSRC: www.epsrc.ac.uk/ Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship comprising the UK's most eminent engineers provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain's engineering community.

    For further information contact:

    Jane Reck, EPSRC Press Office, tel: 01793 444312, e-mail: [email protected] or Natasha Richardson, tel: 01793 444404, e-mail: [email protected]

    Claire McLoughlin, The Royal Academy of Engineering Press Office, tel: 020 7227 0510, mobile: 07957 341929, e-mail: [email protected]

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