Thought Leadership

As one of the world’s largest engineering institutions, the IET is regarded as a thought leader that can speak with authority on behalf of the profession, engaging with both industry and government to advance engineering for the benefit of society.

We are able to achieve this thanks to the expertise of our volunteer-led panels of IET Members and engineering practitioners from across industry, academia and beyond. This ensures we can keep professionals and wider society reliably informed about the key issues of today, while horizon-scanning to understand the trends and developments that will impact the engineers of the future.

What we do

Our mission

Gathering knowledge and intelligence from across the profession, our Member-led panels deliver thought leadership, as part of the IET's charitable remit.


List of IET factfiles with abstracts


Providing unbiased information for members, teachers, students and the general public.


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The Panels

The Panels

Our panels bring together IET members with fellow engineering practitioners from industry, academia and professionals from disciplines beyond engineering.

Meet the team

Contact the SEP team

Find out more about the Strategic Engagement and Partnerships (SEP) team and know who to contact with any questions related to IET thought leadership.

The Challenges


Grand challenges, advanced technologies and entrepreneurial innovation are among the drivers which inspire the work of our thought leadership panels

IET EngShorts

IET EngShorts

IET EngShorts

These IET EngShort videos cover important challenges that impact our lives

Latest News

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Brexit and the Irish Border

On 21 March 2018, as the UK and the European Union reach a critical juncture in the Brexit negotiations, representatives from the engineering, manufacturing, science, and technology communities in Northern Ireland debated the potential impact of Brexit on the Irish border at a workshop and conference in Belfast hosted by the IET’s Engineering Policy Group for Northern Ireland.