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Why join IES?

The art and practice of engineering is becoming increasingly complex and multidisciplinary. IES includes members from all sectors of engineering as well as welcoming professionals from other backgrounds to our membership.

The multidisciplinary nature of our activities is one of our unique features; in a world of complex uncertainties, our belief is that engineers and others can gain inspiration through learning about developments and activities across the widest possible range of disciplines


IES aims to serve society by:

  • providing a forum to debate and discuss engineering issues of key importance to the economy, with the wider public and with influencers
  • supporting and encouraging best practice in engineering education and training at all levels
  • promoting professional engineering as a career to young people
  • celebrating engineering achievements and explaining the key role of engineering as fundamental to our quality of life
  • providing high quality advice to government and other bodies on matters of public policy that would benefit from an engineering perspective

IES activities include:

  • We have an exciting programme of lectures and webinars. We have gained a reputation for having excellent speakers on a wide range of topics. Meetings are open to the public.
  • We maintain a Resources section on our website that links to sources that support our objectives.
  • We support, via the Education Fund, a range of educational projects.
  • We host the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame which celebrates great engineers.
  • The IES Profeng Group promotes professional engineering to young people.
  • The IES Energy Strategy Group promotes the use of engineering principles in energy planning.
  • We host the James Watt Dinner - this prestigious dinner is one of the social highlights in the engineering calendar.
  • We organise visits to sites and works of engineering interest (members only).

Benefits include:

  • Opportunities to take an active part in Institution affairs, contribute to IES objectives, raise issues, join groups, to have a voice;
  • Opportunities to meet and network with engineers from all disciplines in a professional, sociable environment;
  • Use of the post-nominals MIES or FIES as appropriate;
  • Receipt of regular publications; Transactions/Journals and bulletins;
  • Free access - by a pass obtained from the IES office - to Glasgow University library;
  • Broadening one's outlook on multi disciplinary engineering matters, via evening presentations, etc.;
  • Reduced price tickets for the annual James Watt Dinner, one of the most important events in the Scottish engineering calendar, at which the new inductees to the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame are announced;
  • Having first refusal on ticketed events;
  • Opportunities to visit sites or works of engineering interest;
  • Modest subscription fees.

For general enquiries on membership, contact IES Secretary:

Tel: 0141 248 3721 / Email:

Administrative Secretary, IES, 105 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 1QL 

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