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Past Events

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 - 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

Synopsis:

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

Synopsis: 

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

Synopsis:

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…

IES  - Joint Meeting with IMarEST - online lecture - Dealing with plastic waste sustainably

IES - Joint Meeting with IMarEST - online lecture - Dealing with plastic waste sustainably

12th January 2021 6:30 pm

Dealing with plastic waste sustainably

Over the past few years, the issue of ‘plastic waste’ has become a dominating concern in the UK and yet, so far, the problem has been met more with hysteria and ‘knee jerk’ reaction, rather than with any reasoned, engineered and/or…

Joint meeting with RINA

8th December 2020 6:30 pm

From Nano to Macro, 1 mm to 10,984 m, Vast and Essential for Life on Earth

Prof Colin Moffat, Chief Scientific Advisor Marine Scottish Government

There is one single ocean, comprised of interconnecting ocean basins, contains approximately 1.33 billion km3 of water.…


Scottish Environmental Protection Agency: COP26

Scottish Environmental Protection Agency: COP26

17th November 2020 6:30 pm

Crucial Issues for Planet Earth 
Mr Terry A’Hearn, Chief Executive Officer SEPA

SEPA has set an ambitious strategy called One Planet Prosperity to govern how it will regulate in the…



The Rankine Bicentenary Lecture 2020

The Rankine Bicentenary Lecture 2020

13th October 2020 4:30 pm

Unconventional Geothermal Technologies and Opportunities - Professor Gioia Falcone

Geothermal energy is a constant and independent form of renewable energy and plays a key role towards the…


The Presidential Address 2020

The Presidential Address 2020

29th September 2020 6:30 pm

“Scotland’s role in the development of heat pumps: 1850 to 2050” 
Dr Andy Pearson — Managing Director, Star Refrigeration Ltd

This paper follows the development of the heat pump and…



Celebrating the legacy of William Rankine

27th July 2020 9:00 am

IESIS is proud to be a partner organisation for the International Institute of Refrigeration Conference “Rankine 2020 - Advances in Cooling, Heating and Power Generation”, timed to coincide with the bi-centenary of the birth of William…

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