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IET Manchester Annual Dinner 2018

Social Event

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This is one of the most prestigious events in the Manchester Network's calendar. It is an ideal opportunity to offer hospitality to business associates or to make up a party of colleagues and/or friends.

Date and Time

15 March 2018 - 19:00-23:00


Manchester, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - NW:Manchester local network. Contact lso@theiet.org for more information.

About this event

This is one of the most prestigious events in the IET Manchester Network's calendar. It is an ideal opportunity to offer hospitality to business associates or to make up a party of colleagues and/or friends.

This year's event is hosted by the IET Manchester Network Chair, Leona So, compered by the IET Manchester Network Junior Vice Chair Angela Rotheram and we are fortunate to welcome the Past IET President, Professor Jeremy Watson CBE and former IET Manchester Chairman Professor Nigel Linge to speak.

Dinner Address

Professor J D M Watson, CBE FREng MSc DPhil CEng FIET

Jeremy Watson is Past President and Fellow of the IET and Professor of Engineering Systems and Vice-Dean (Mission) in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences, based in the Department of Science Technology, Engineering and Public Policy at University College London. He is also Chief Scientist and Engineer at the Building Research Establishment (BRE). Until November 2012, Jeremy was Chief Scientific Advisor for the Department of Communities & Local Government (DCLG). He worked as Arup's Global Research Director between 2006 and 2013. Jeremy was awarded a CBE in the Queen's 2013 Birthday honours for services to engineering.

Guest Speakers

Professor Nigel Linge, FIET CEng
Professor of Telecommunications, University of Salford 

Nigel Linge is Professor of Telecommunications at the University of Salford with over 30 years experience as a member of academic staff. He is an electronic engineer by profession who specialises in data communication networks and their applications.  His research, which has a strong industry involvement,  covers location and context based services, communication protocols, the delivery of multimedia applications, network design and architectures.  He also takes a keen interest in telecommunications heritage and maintains an active outreach portfolio which includes the delivery of public lectures and appearances in the media such as BBC TV Timeshift "Dial B for Britain" and as a regular newspaper reviewer for BBC Radio Manchester.  In addition to writing academic research papers, Nigel has also co-authored two books, "Thirty years of mobile phones in the UK" and "The British Phonebox". Nigel is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered IT Professional, a Fellow of the Institution and Engineering and Technology, British Computer Society and the Institute of Telecommunication Professionals and is a former Chairman of the Manchester Network having been active in the IET since the mid-1980s.


19:00 - Guests arrive, welcome drinks reception 
19:30 - Guests called to dinner, followed by welcome by IET Manchester Chair, Leona So
19:50 - Dinner is served followed by guest speakers, Professor Jeremy Watson CBE and Professor Nigel Linge 

Reasons to attend

  • Enjoy an evening of great food and entertainment
  • Network with your peers
  • Entertain your clients
  • Hear from the past IET President, Prof Jeremy Watson CBE
  • Enjoy an entertaining and interactive presentation on the smartphone evolution from Prof Nigel Linge

Additional information


Four course meal
Leek and potato soup with wensleydale cheese fritters
Seared chicken with sage dauphinoise and sprouting broccoli
Butternut squash risotto with pine nuts, gorgonzola and rocket
Salted caramel cheesecake with vanilla mascarpone
Tea, coffee and chocolates
Each table includes four bottles of wine - additional drinks can be pre-ordered or purchased on the night.

Dress Code

Optional Black tie or Lounge Suit
Evening/Cocktail Dress

Registration information

Registration and payment page will be open soon.


Standard ticket - £55 
Table of 10 - £550
Discounted ticket (for YP or retired members) - £35

Sponsorship package

Sponsored table of 10  - £1000
Please download the annual dinner flyer for more information and contact us.


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