Press release

Technology Heavyweights Line up for IET’s Spring Lecture Programme

25 January 2011


The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has today issued an open invitation to the Spring 2011 events in its IET Lecture series, which feature big names from the engineering and technology sector including Donald Knuth, Professor Emeritus of The Art of Computer Programming at Stanford University.

The 2011 lectures are free to attend and kick off with the Turing Lecture, which will this year take the form of a Q&A with Donald Knuth in four locations around the UK – London, Cardiff, Manchester and Glasgow.  While the four events themselves are now fully booked, the London Q&A will be viewable over a live webcast for those who cannot attend.  It can be viewed at 5.30pm on 1 February at http://conferences.theiet.org/turing/webcast/index.cfm.

Two lectures will also take place in March 2011, with the Kelvin Lecture on 9 March on Space Weather: nature's electromagnetic hazard, presented by Professor Mike Hapgood, Head of the Space Environment Group at RAL Space and Visiting Professor at Lancaster University. This is followed by the Clerk Maxwell lecture due to be presented by Andrew Heiron, Head of Electric Vehicle Programmes, Renault, discussing Electric Vehicles on 31 March.  Both of these lectures will be held at IET London: Savoy Place.

“The IET Lectures are a series of really interesting and informative events, some of which have been running for over 100 years,” says Professor Will Stewart, Chairman of the IET Lecture Committee.  “The events attract some great speakers and industry names who give some fantastic talks that will appeal not just to professionals and students from within the engineering sector, but anyone who has a keen interest in technology.”

Register for free to attend any of the lectures at www.theiet.org/lectures

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About IET Lectures

Attending an IET Lecture is your opportunity to see the future of engineering. IET Lectures are free to attend and are a key highlight of the IET’s events calendar. Showcasing the latest ideas and technologies, the nine lectures cover a range of engineering disciplines, ranging from general interest to the more technical.

The President of the IET begins his year in office with an inaugural lecture every October. Many of the lectures were established in memory of engineers who achieved exemplary and ground breaking work in their day. The speakers invited to give IET Lectures are of that calibre – innovative, forward-thinking and at the top of their game.

For more information, please visit: www.theiet.org/lectures