Global Summit brings Bill Gates to Birmingham and Glasgow

7 February 2013
IET Communications team
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Delegates in Birmingham and Glasgow will be able to watch and interact with the London event.

Microsoft co-founder to speak at the ‘Davos of Engineering’.

The Global Grand Challenges Summit, featuring Bill Gates as speaker, will be reaching out of London this year, thanks to innovative virtual hubs run by the IET.

The unprecedented event, due to take place at IET London: Savoy Place between March 12 and 13, has sold out, so attending one of the virtual hubs is the only way to participate in the Summit. It will be broadcast at IET Birmingham: Austin Court and IET Glasgow: Teacher Building.

Those attending the virtual hubs will be able to join the Q&A sessions and enjoy the networking opportunities of attending a face-to-face event, while accessing all the content from the main Summit at a low cost.

As well as a video-link to Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, the speakers list includes Lord Darzi, one of the world’s leading surgeons at Imperial College London, Professor Dame Ann Dowling, Department Head of Engineering at Cambridge University, and Professor Frances Arnold, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology, alongside many more leading international engineering thinkers and innovators.

Professor Andy Hopper, president of the IET and speaker at the Summit, said: “The IET is pleased to bring this fantastic event to the Midlands and Scotland. In the context of a sustainability summit, joining the conference locally is a great way to participate. Attendees will be able to take advantage of communications technologies which we know so well and which may well make for a more sustainable world.”

This global coming together of engineers and experts hopes to address some of the world’s greatest grand challenges. Discussions at the Summit will address issues surrounding sustainability, health and the links between technological innovation and worldwide economic growth.