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Past Events

IES - Building perimeters – the multi-disciplinary work of façade engineers

6th February 2024 6:30 pm

Gavin Kerr will describe façade engineering and it’s (little known) importance in our daily lives.

Gavin will discuss real-life projects, the challenges in finding the best solution for the client and the building user whilst…

IES and IMarEST Joint Meeting - The Future of Fabrication within (and beyond) Scotland

16th January 2024 6:30 pm

Chris Dunn, Managing Director and Jonathan Brown, Technical Director, both of Malin Marine Consultants, will be shining a spotlight on to the future of fabrication within (and beyond) Scotland. With high fabrication expectations…

IES - Following Nature’s lead - Bioinspired technologies

5th December 2023 6:30 pm

Joint Lecture IES/RINA

Professor Adam A. Stokes explores the multidisciplinary field of bioinspired engineering, demonstrating how engineers can draw valuable insights from natural processes refined over millions of years. His…

IES - Crossed Lines – Key strategic lessons learned from the completion of the Crossrail project

14th November 2023 6:00 pm

This lecture will tell the compelling story of completing Crossrail and getting the Elizabeth Line open.

Mark Wild will describe and explain how the programme found itself in significant disarray and trouble after years of…

IES - What have mathematicians ever done for us?

24th October 2023 6:30 pm

This talk will discuss how mathematical and statistical thinking have been able to help in addressing real world questions, particularly within current ‘hot topics’ of energy security, climate resilience and wider public policy. It will…

James Watt Dinner 2023!

6th October 2023 7:00 pm

We are very pleased to announce details for the James Watt Dinner 2023!

The dinner has been held (almost) annually since 1882, 2023 will be our 112th dinner!
All welcome - guests can come as individuals, groups of friends…

IES - hybrid event - Injecting new life in our existing buildings – the sustainable solution to meet the ambitious carbon target

18th April 2023 6:30 pm

This will be a joint event between IES and IStructE

This talk will look at the science and practice of sustainably retrofitting existing buildings and will be illustrated with real life examples.

Steve is a Director who…

IES - hybrid event - Quantum Computing - how to build a REALLY cool computer

14th March 2023 6:30 pm

Computers are everywhere: in phones, cars, toasters, on the moon, in orbit, leaving the solar system, running the internet, keeping track of your money, deliveries, the NHS. Every year we are urged to upgrade to the latest, fastest…

IES - hybrid event - Eliminating the performance gap : Engineering value : Reducing energy: Minimising carbon

14th February 2023 6:30 pm

That new buildings too often consume many times more energy in reality than their designers predict at design stage – known as the “performance gap” - is a scandal.

This lecture will outline Architype’s radical approach to…

IES - hybrid event -Helping turn the tide on climate change.

10th January 2023 6:30 pm

Orbital Marine Power have developed a highly innovative technology capable of creating a new renewable energy sector focused on the sustainable extraction of the kinetic energy present in flowing currents and tidal streams. This talk…

IES and RINA Joint Meeting

20th December 2022 6:00 pm

“How do we Decarbonise shipping” – An engaging Panel Conversation on the challenges associated with making Green Shipping a reality. 

Confirmed Panellists: Neil Young (Babcock International) and Prof. Osman Turan (Uni. of…

IES - hybrid event - Green ammonia as global reserve fuel - marking the end of oil and gas

8th November 2022 6:30 pm

Geopolitical risk has recently added a whole new dimension to the climate debate - do we burn more coal, or give way to blackmail? Do we have to choose?

Ammonia is hydrogen’s Cinderella - often overlooked but with hidden talent.…

IES - Breakfast Briefing - Successful Innovation

2nd November 2022 8:00 am

Breakfast Briefing Series

Successful Innovation - In partnership with the Institution of Engineers in Scotland

Please join us on Wednesday 2 November 0800-0830 for our next ‘Breakfast Briefing’ webinar, hosted on MS Teams.…

IES lecture - Scotland in Space - online only

11th October 2022 6:00 pm

This talk will introduce the audience to the evolution of Scotland’s burgeoning ‘new-space’ industry from satellite manufacturing and spaceflight to quantum computing and in-space manufacture.

Mick O’Connor CEng CDir, founder…

IES - James Watt Dinner 2022 Featuring the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame

7th October 2022 7:00 pm

The annual black-tie James Watt Dinner hosted by the Institution of Engineers in Scotland is a celebration of all engineering combined with entertainment. We will announce the inductees for the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame during…

IES Presidential Address - this will be a hybrid event Making machines matters! learning what you don't know!

20th September 2022 6:30 pm

Britain has to make and export stuff. Successful manufacturing of machines requires brilliant design and a mastery of the widest skills, from fitting to finance to foreign languages.

Dick will first examine the lessons from the…

IES -Engineering Hardware for Marine Cloud Brightening’

26th April 2022 6:30 pm

We have an excellent evening planned for you!

Firstly, Stephen Salter will talk about ‘Engineering Hardware for Marine Cloud Brightening’ his idea to help with the current climate problem. Then we will have an open discussion…

IES - hybrid event - April lecture

18th April 2022 6:30 pm

Full details will be available soon

In person - will be held in room TL428 Learning and Teaching Building, University of Strathclyde, Eventbrite register will be available soon

online - Eventbrite register will be…

IES - Edison vs Tesla…who was really right? The Evolution of the Smart Grid for the 21st Century

15th March 2022 6:30 pm

Over 140 years ago the principle of distributing electricity using Alternating Currents (AC) was adopted and Nikola Tesla declared the winner of the ‘Current War’. Fast forward to the current day and the discussion has never…

IES - How do you produce traditional whisky in an innovative space?

15th February 2022 6:30 pm

Online - Joint Meeting with Heriot-Watt University and IStructE

There is a beautiful, bold and modern building rising on Leith’s waterfront. The innovative vertical distillery reflects both the limitations of the site but also the ethos of the Port of Leith Distillery. The result is a modern…

IES - Joint meeting with IMarEST - Aspects of Future Warship Design

11th January 2022 6:30 pm


Across the world naval shipbuilding is in midst of a resurgence, NATO Countries and their allies are replacing existing ships and increasing their fleet numbers, however a variety factors within and without their…

IES - From world’s biggest offshore windfarm to world’s biggest and best value offshore windfarm

7th December 2021 6:30 pm

Joint meeting with RINA

Hornsea 1 is currently the world’s biggest offshore windfarm at 1200MW. This lecture will look at how knowledge gained from building Hornsea 1 led to a 60% CFD price drop on the Hornsea 2 windfarm, which will take the crown of…

IES -COP 26 Fringe Event - Making River Source Heat Pumps Work - Operational Experience from UK Installations

9th November 2021 6:30 pm

Joint meeting with the University of Glasgow

NB - We are running this as both an in-person event, numbers of attendees are capped at 50 due to Covid restrictions, and an on-line event

Synopsis: Queens Quay is a £250 million regeneration of the…

IES - COP 26 Fringe Event -Hydrogen powered trains - a game changer for Scotland’s rail rolling stock?

2nd November 2021 6:30 pm

Joint meeting with the University of Glasgow

NB - We are running this as both an in-person event, numbers of attendees are capped at 50 due to Covid restrictions, and an on-line event


This lecture will look at the…

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