IET Sectors: get involved!

20 November 2012
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The success of IET Sector projects is as a direct result of the work of IET volunteers and members and their connections with industry. Join the team and get involved!

During 2012, volunteers and staff members from the IET’s five Sectors: Built Environment, Design and Production, Energy, Information and Communications and Transport have been working on key industry initiatives, promoting the IET and generating momentum for future activities.


As part of the London 2012 Games, the Sectors collaborated with the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), showcasing the British Business Embassy summits during the Games. The Embassy days formed the centrepiece of the international business legacy of the Olympic Games and were attended by government ministers, business leaders and policy makers from around the world. IET.tv filmed 96 presentations during the business summits at Lancaster House showcasing engineering, technology and innovation presentations related to the five IET Sectors. You can view these at www.theiet.org/sectors/british-business-embassy/index.cfm

In addition, led by the Built Environment Sector, the IET worked in partnership with the USE Efficiency Project which was supported by the European Commission and the Italian Ministry for the Environment. The programme supports bright architectural and engineering university students across the EU who have attended the Universities and Students for Energy Efficiency (USE EFF) summer school. The summer school will continue on an annual basis and has come about as a direct result of the IET’s Sustainable Infrastructure Learning Legacy Partnership. You can read more about USE Efficiency on page 20 of this issue.

Sector events

As part of the Olympic Deliver Authority (ODA) Learning Legacy Programme, the Built Environment Sector delivered four activities in early 2011 covering technology for the Olympic park: lighting the Games, utilities for the Olympic Park – green venues, and the environmental management of the Park. The full spectrum of Olympic events culminated with filming of the Energy Centre at the Olympic Park as part of a technical visit.

The Sector was also present at Ecobuild 2012 in London promoting IET products and services related to the sector and contributed to four technical seminar programmes covering energy and innovation in buildings, energy efficiency, smarter supply and smart technology for homes.

Following the success of the Electric Vehicles series of lectures from 2011, the Transport sector has continued these events spanning the UK, focusing on the societal impacts of adoption. These events have been well attended with speakers from Alstom Grid, Zytek Automotive and Cenex. Planning has begun for the lecture in Paris with representatives from EDF, Cenex and Avere.

IBC in Amsterdam

Over 50,000 people attended the 2012 International Broadcasting Convention (IBC), with IET.tv filming a selection of keynote presentations, including one from recording artist and Intel director of creative innovation will.i.am.

The fourth volume of ‘The Best of IET and IBC’, produced by the Information and Communications Sector, containing the printed versions of papers presented at IBC, alongside a selection of recent broadcast-related content from Electronics Letters, was launched by then IET president Dr Mike Short. Around 3,000 copies were distributed to conference delegates, press and trade show attendees.

Thought leadership

A programme of thought leadership initiatives has been developed with the first two sector insights on ‘The future roll-out of low-carbon vehicles in the UK’ and ‘Intelligent buildings: understanding and managing the security risks’ produced by the Transport and Information and Communications Sectors respectively. These insights are developed with significant contribution from IET volunteers with more in the pipeline for the end of the year.

Industry collaboration

The Information and Communications Sector delivered seminars at Mobile World Congress and Digital London with the UKTI and the ICT Knowledge Transfer Network, based on papers from the publication ‘Delivering London 2012: ICT Enabling the Games’. The Sector is also collaborating with the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals on future projects.

The Design and Production Sector has formed strategic partnerships with organisations such as the Institute for Manufacturing, GAMBICA (the UK trade association for instrumentation, control, automation and laboratory technology), the Design Council, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and the High-Value Manufacturing Catapult.

Partnership with the CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers Lighting Group) and the CIBSE CHP District Heating Group has strengthened the Built Environment Sector having co-organised an event on new lift and escalator standards.

The Energy Sector made progress with the Energy Generation and Supply KTN looking at opportunities on how both parties can work more closely together. The Sector attended the Flexible Plug and Play Project with a UKPN (UK Power Network) meeting to progress partnership initiatives.

The IET Transport Sector is currently exploring opportunities in the marine sector, working with the Security Association for Maritime Industry on an event next month covering global maritime security challenges.

Future initiatives: get involved!

Many of these Sector projects have developed as a result of the connections which IET volunteers and members have in industry. As the Sector teams continue with their work into 2013 in promoting the IET, the Sector teams encourage IET members to get involved in future sector initiatives. This could be in activities contributing to a sector insight, suggestions for events, linking up the IET with other engineering organisations or joining committee teams.

To discuss any of these opportunities, please email Stephen Scowcroft, Sectors Collaboration Manager (sscowcroft@theiet.org).

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