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Past Events

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…

IES - The MacQuorn Rankine Lecture - the latest developments in compressors

12th October 2021 6:30 pm

Joint Meeting with IMechE & University of Glasgow

NB - We are running this as an on-line event only


The past phase-out of CFC and HCFC refrigerants as well as the currently proposed phase-out of HFC refrigerants, combined with has…

Announcement of 2021 inductees to the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame

Announcement of 2021 inductees to the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame

8th October 2021 6:15 pm

Missing this year’s James Watt Dinner?

Why not join us for the online announcement of the latest inductees into the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame? 

From the comfort of your own home you can join us to…

IES - Power Up! Gearing up production of Scottish ebike system - Bringing an electric bicycle idea to market

21st September 2021 6:30 pm

Electric bicycle design and manufacture

Neil MacMartin invented a transmission that allowed FreeFlow Technologies to develop the world’s lightest power to weight E-Bike system, allowing riders to travel faster and further for less mechanical and electrical effort. At…

IES - online lecture - Why Civil Society Needs Engineers - The MacMillan Lecture

20th April 2021 6:30 pm

Why Civil Society Needs Engineers - especially Naval Architects, Marine & Ocean Engineers!

Mr Peter Noble, President and Principal Advisor, Noble Associates Inc.

As can be deduced from the title of his presentation Peter has a passion for promoting a better understanding of how engineering…

IES - online lecture - Nanotechnology

IES - online lecture - Nanotechnology

9th March 2021 6:30 pm

Nanotechnology is now a technology used in many items that are around the home and used in everyday life. This talk will present some of the present areas of nanotechnology and in particular quantum technologies that are being…

IES - Online lecture - UN Sustainable Goal No 6, Clean water and Sanitation

IES - Online lecture - UN Sustainable Goal No 6, Clean water and Sanitation

9th February 2021 6:30 pm

UN Sustainable Development Goal No 6, Clean Water and Sanitation

Substantial progress has been made towards sustainable development goal 6: delivering clean water and sanitation to all. However, there is still a long way to go; 784 million people do not have access to clean water and 2.5 billion live…

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