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We celebrate innovation in designing, developing and making the things people need. We focus on opportunities for engineering and technology. Bringing together experts from industry, academia and government, we deliver programmes of activity, inspired by issues of the day and innovation around manufacturing and design, from robotics to sustainability and beyond.


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Applied Visualisation Community!

The IET are looking to explore the opportunities for Applied Visualisation, Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality but bringing together a volunteer led working group that operates across industry sectors. Following on from the success of the ‘Going Beyond Games’ Event at Savoy Place in April, the IET are looking to bring together relevant staff members with members of the pre-existing HVM Catapult Visualisation and VR Forum to begin scoping the opportunities in this area.

Robot Ethics: Advances and Challenges in Medical Robotics

Join the debate around the ethics of medical robotics on 23 February 2017 with Professor Guang-Zhong Yang from Imperial College and Dr Catherine Easton from Lancaster University.

Key topics

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With the changing landscape in manufacturing and a focus on the journey towards Industry 4.0, this hub showcases key topics such as Virtual Reality and Advanced Manufacturing through to the Implementation of Automation. Exploring the key technologies to hit Manufacturing in the next ten years, there will be a drive towards innovation and the resurgence of Industry within the UK.

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From Industrial Design focusing on the user experience in the engineering of products, to the growing importance of Inclusive Design with consideration for the diversity of the population, this hub looks at the important role of design within technology and innovation. There will be a focus on how existing design and technologies can be adapted for the needs of a changing population within Design and Society.

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Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Looking to improve and accelerate cross sectoral growth, Robotics and Autonomous Systems explores the latest innovation and showcases the newest technological developments. Highlighting the revolutionary role of engineering in the transition to fully autonomous systems, key topics include Mechatronics, Robotics start-ups and Artificial Intelligence, through to Unmanned Vehicles and Aircraft Systems.

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Innovation to commercialisation

Showcasing the latest news and innovation from the nine Catapults and Innovate UK, this hub offers a knowledge platform facilitating access to professional expertise for SME’s, science, engineering and technology communities. Exploring the current design and manufacturing landscape, this hub will also include content from EPSRC and information on funding and competitions; alongside topics such as Intellectual Property and Horizontal Innovation.


The IET/BCS Turing Lecture 2017

Dr Guru Banavar

06 March 2017


Interview: How to get a chip-sized spacecraft to Alpha Centauri and back

In April this year, the Breakthrough Initiative funded by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner announced an ambitious plan to launch a chip-sized spacecraft to a neighbouring star system to image habitable planets. Pete Worden the Breakthrough Starshot project’s director and former head of Nasa Ames Research Centre explained the plan to E&T at the Space4Inspiration conference in London this week.

Brexit not a threat for UK space sector

Brexit won't limit the opportunities of UK engineers and technology companies to participate in cutting-edge space projects coordinated by the European Space Agency (ESA), David Parker, former head of the UK Space Agency, told E&T at an ESA conference in London. Parker left the UK Space Agency in April this year to join ESA as director of Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration.

Terahertz spectrometer allows unopened books to be read

A device that uses radiation to read books without opening the cover has been developed by MIT and Georgia Tech researchers.

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Design and Production Sector Newsletters

Bringing you all the latest on IET Design and Production Sector initiatives, partnerships and thought leadership together with details of upcoming events, Sector highlights on IET.tv and opportunities for you to get involved!