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Highlighting the importance of engineering and technology at the UK party conferences

As part of this strategy, we held fringe events at the Labour, Conservative and SNP party conferences in autumn 2019. Our focus was on highlighting the role of engineering and technology in solving real-world issues such as decarbonisation and the ageing population.

Our events at the Labour and Conservative conferences focussed on engineering solutions for a decarbonised world and featured a panel of IET experts who were joined by the Shadow Industrial Strategy Minister, Chi Onwurah MP (Lab) and Vicky Ford MP (Con), who, at the time, was a member of the Science and Technology Select Committee. We’re very grateful to our expert IET panel members who joined such engaging debates: Matthew Knight (IET Energy Policy Panel), Margaret Wood (IET Manufacturing Policy Panel), Faye Banks (IET Energy Policy Panel), Bobby Chakravarthy (IET Built Environment Panel) and Jon Gluyas (Durham Energy Institute). The event was chaired by the Political Editor of the House magazine, Seb Whale.

Our SNP fringe event focussed on engineering and technology solutions for an ageing population and we were joined by the Minister for Older People & Equalities, Christina McKelvie MSP, Chair of the IET Healthcare Panel, Dr Peter Bannister, and Dr Chris Catlin. Journalist, Pennie Taylor, chaired the fascinating discussion.

All three politicians have very kindly written blogs about their experiences of attending our fringe events. You can read them by clicking on the links below.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

To maintain the safety of our members, volunteers, staff and everyone we work with, we have taken the decision to cancel or postpone ALL IET events until the end of June. We are monitoring the rapidly changing situation and will provide further updates when we have them. If you have any queries, please contact events@theiet.org or view the more detailed statement on the IET homepage.

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