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New Routemaster bus breaks down

20 December 2011

London's new Routemaster bus breaks down en route to Luton

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99th Thomas Hawksley Lecture - Delivering Crossrail

14 December 2011

Presented by Terry Morgan CBE FRENG, Chairman, Crossrail

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The Institution comment on EasyJet's new volcanic ash detection technology

08 December 2011

The Institution's Colin Brown comments on EasyJet's new volcanic ash detection technology

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ERTMS- The Story of a Success

28 November 2011

Presented by Jim Morgan, Principal Programme Sponsor (National Programmes), Network Rail

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Media coverage for Manufacturing Excellence 2011

28 November 2011

Media coverage for Manufacturing Excellence 2011

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Jaguar E-Type Heritage Award

25 November 2011

Media coverage for the Jaguar E-Type car Heritage Award

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Scottish Energy 2020? report

03 November 2011

The Scottish Energy 2020? report investigated the Scottish Government's 2020 renewable energy targets, finding that it lacked a detailed engineering strategy and raising numerous concerns about whether the targets are achievable.

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Dr Colin Brown on Ask Rhod Gilbert

02 November 2011

Dr Colin Brown, IMechE Director of Engineering, appears on BBC1's Ask Rhod Gilbert.

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Why bother with adhesion?

31 October 2011

Felix Schmid, Associate Professor, University of Birmingham will present a history of mountain railways

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Talyllyn Railway Heritage Award

30 October 2011

Wales' Talyllyn Railway, the first volunteer-run railway in the world, has become the 67th winner of the Institution's Engineering Heritage Award.

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Vulcan Bomber Heritage Award

27 October 2011

The Vulcan Bomber became the 66th winner of an Institution of Mechnical Engineers Engineering Heritage Award on Thursday 27 October

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Aero 2075: Flying into a bright future?

26 October 2011

Media coverage of Aero 2075: Flying into a bright future?

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Artificial Trees: Giving us the time to act?

26 October 2011

There is growing recognition that our efforts to curb our emissions of greenhouse gases are failing. Furthermore, governments across the world continue to struggle with the challenge of reaching a binding agreement that will keep the global mean temperature rise below the 2°C threshold.
As a result, it is becoming ever more important for us to seek ways of radically accelerating emissions reduction while simultaneously exploring the full range of tools we can use to tackle global warming.
One controversial technology, known as air capture, could extract carbon dioxide (CO2) directly from the atmosphere. Although in the early stage of development, there is a growing interest in the contribution that could be made from air capture machines such as artificial trees which would facilitate both carbon removal and carbon recycling.
Professor Klaus Lackner is a pioneer of artificial tree technology and Dr Tim Fox a leading thinker in this area. Their lecture will examine the role that such a tool can play in tackling the challenge of global warming and provide a live demonstration of CO2 removal, returning atmospheric air to its pre-industrial carbon condition. They will outline what might be possible from an engineering point of view and explore how, where and when deployment could take place.

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Making it all add up: the future for additive manufacturing in automated metal processing

17 October 2011

James Clayton Memorial Lecture 2011

Professor Geoff McFarland, Group Engineering Director at Renishaw plc, will discuss whether additive manufacturing can really replace other tools and technologies that are continually improving accuracy and process control.

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The Institution's Philippa Oldham on the BBC Politics Show South

16 October 2011

The Institution's Head of Manufacturing Philippa Oldham on the BBC Politics Show South programme.

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European train acceptance- It's getting easier, right?

10 October 2011

International themed lecture presented by Paul Seller, Director - Product Safety, Bombardier Transportation

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CIBSE ASHRAE lecture 2011: Leading engineering towards a sustainable future

06 October 2011

This free evening lecture will focus on innovation with presentations from the Building Services Graduate of the Year finalists; as well as Professor Sir Deian Hopkin, Honorary Fellow of CIBSE and the ASHRAE President, Ron Jarnagin.

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Railway Division Chairman's Address: Efficiency & Opportunity In Railway Engineering

26 September 2011

Drawing from experience of a wide range of railway businesses and projects, this address will illustrate the value of connecting engineering decisions with the joined-up management of rail revenue and cost. It will also address the importance of opportunities for professional development of railway engineers at all levels.

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Media coverage for Manufacturing Excellence 2011

22 September 2011

Media coverage for Manufacturing Excellence 2011

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Transition engineering - rethinking everything

21 September 2011

A lecture organised by the Energy, Environment and Sustainability Group.



Transition Engineering encompasses the engineering challenges of technological as well as non-technological changes required for transition to a sustainable future and will need the vision and creativity of engineers in all existing engineering disciplines. Dr Susan Krumdieck is a visionary engineer and engaging speaker working on Transition Engineering in New Zealand; she will share her vision of a new kind of engineering and a new opportunity for engineers to help create a sustainable future.

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Safety fast: the art of super sonic safety

13 September 2011

How can you manage risks where not only do you not know all the answers, but quite probably not even the questions? This presentation is to describe how the BLOODHOUND SSC team manage and mitigate the risks they know, but also the philosophy behind designing the car to deal with those they don’t.

Presented by Mark Chapman, Chief Engineer, Bloodhound SSC

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Dr Patrick Finlay on appropriate healthcare for the world's poorest countries

07 September 2011

Dr Patrick Finlay, Vice-Chairman of the IMechE's medical division, discusses the challenges of getting appropriate medical devices into developing countries with the BBC World Service ahead of a major IMechE conference on the subject.

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Media coverage for Waverley Engineering Heritage Award.

14 August 2011

Media coverage of the Engineering Heritage Award given to the Waverley paddle steamer.

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Formula Student 2011 Media

17 July 2011

News organisations from all over the country covered this year's Formula Student, the largest educational engineering competition of its kind in the world.

BBC Northamptonshire, West Midlands, Bristol and Somerset all featured radio interviews with the teams, organisers and VIP guests, while ITV Anglia came to Silverstone to watch the cars in action.

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Formula Student 2011

14 July 2011

Formula Student is the largest educational engineering competition of its kind in the world. Backed by industry and high profile engineers such as its Patron Ross Brawn, the competition aims to inspire and develop enterprising and innovative young engineers.

University students are challenged to design and build a single seat racing car and compete with it in a series of static and dynamic events.

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BBC coverage of Engineering Day at Croft, Darlington

06 July 2011

BBC North East & Cumbria coverage of Engineering Day at Croft, Darlington

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Intercity Express Programme

27 June 2011

The Railway Division is delighted to host the first major public lecture on the interesting and sometimes controversial subject of the Inter City Express Programme (IEP). The evening will be jointly led by Department for Transport (DfT) and Agility Trains.

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Dr Colin Brown on BBC Radio 4 talking about the future of aerospace

16 June 2011

Dr Colin Brown on BBC Radio 4 talking about the future of aerospace after the launch of a PWC report on the subject

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The role of product innovation within the new manufacturing economy

15 June 2011

Free evening lecture presented by Graham Lacy of PDD on the reality of UK manufacturing and its future.

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Is just a wheelchair enough

14 June 2011

The right to mobility is enshrined in the UN Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities. Motivation believes that mobility needs to be accompanied by the opportunity to learn the skills required to make the most of that mobility and be inspired to use it to the full. The reality for many disabled people in developing countries is that without an income life is very tough and relies on family support. Vocational training and income generation is provided to allow people to enable people to fulfil their potential to become included in society.
This lecture will cover the subject of appropriate wheelchair provision in developing countries and associated requirements around helping disabled people in less resourced settings to fulfil their potential in society.

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Renewable energy in South-East Asia

09 June 2011

This lecture summarises what renewable energy policies are in place in South-East Asia, outlining some installation project case studies, the technologies used and how the projects have been financed.

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Dr Tim Fox talking on Sky News on the oil refinery accident in Pembrokeshire

03 June 2011

Head of Energy and Environment Dr Tim Fox on Sky News on the oil refinery accident in Pembrokeshire.

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Sustainable Mobility: Mission Impossible?

26 May 2011

Meeting the short and medium term challenge of making a significant improvement in sustainable mobility requires “the pragmatic application of known commercially viable technologies to mass market vehicles and proven ITS traffic management strategies in urban environments”

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Presidential address 2011 - Engineering: Our future

25 May 2011

This address was given by Professor Roderick A Smith FREng FIMechE.

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Fukushima: New wine is old wineskins?

24 May 2011

The events at Fukushima in Japan have knocked over the notion growing in many countries that a nuclear renaissance was inevitable. The scale of the accident, involving multiple reactors and the way it ran across the global news for weeks with a different problem being face almost every day, has challenged the idea that the nuclear industry has learned the lessons and is a now safe and sound means of generating electricity. The talk will attempt to explain what went wrong at Fukushima and the choices that the Japanese authorities had to make in the aftermath of the unprecedented earthquake that hit Japan on 11 March. It will start the process of learning the new lessons of Fukushima and consider whether the effects of the accident might be felt more by old reactors like those at Fukushima, or newer ones such as those planned to be built in the UK.

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The Institution's response to Iceland's latest volcanic eruption

23 May 2011

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers response to Iceland's Grimsvötn volcanic eruption and ash cloud

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Dr Tim Fox on BBC News 24 talking about UK's Fourth Carbon Budget

17 May 2011

Dr Tim Fox, Head of Energy and Environment, on BBC News 24 talking about the UK's Fourth Carbon Budget

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Thomas Lowe Gray Lecture 2011

17 May 2011

Thomas Lowe Gray Lecture 2011

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1000mph Using Three Types of Thrust

12 May 2011

In order to propel the car to these speeds BLOODHOUND SSC is unique in having three separate engines; The Eurojet EJ200 from the Eurofighter Typhoon, an 18” hybrid rocket developed by the Falcon Rocket Program, and the CA2010 F1 engine from Cosworth. Combined these give BLOODHOUND SSC in excess of 20 tonnes of thrust, and an equivalent horsepower of 133,000bhp.

Presented by Mark Chapman, Chief Engineer, BLOODHOUND SSC

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FMG Annual Lecture

10 May 2011

Lord Armstrong’s Influence On Engineering & Fluid Machinery

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Delivering UK space capability into orbit

05 May 2011

Using examples from the UK’s largest and most complex military satellite system – Skynet 5, scientific satellites such as Aeolus, Lisa Pathfinder and ExoMars Rover – Patrick Wood will explain how engineering managers can overcome these hurdles to meet the requirements of quality, schedule and cost, while managing the risks and contingency funding to meet high operational targets.

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First Royal Navy Submarine gets Heritage Award

04 May 2011

Holland One, the first Royal Navy submarine launched in 1901, has received an Institution of Mechanical Engineers Heritage Award.

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Dr Colin Brown on Real Radio Scotland talking about volcanic ash

26 April 2011

Director of Engineering at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Dr Colin Brown on Real Radio Scotland talking about the issue of volcanic ash and aircraft

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The challenges to ensure 80% reduction of CO2 by 2050

26 April 2011

This lecture, presented by Dame Sue Ion DBE FIC FCGI FIM FNucl, was held by ICE and the IMechE North West Region on 26 April 2011.

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Institution Member on BBC Radio Cumbria

14 April 2011

Institution Member Kudzanai Chikohora on BBC Radio Cumbria

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Working to make solar energy a more affordable option

13 April 2011

This evening lecture, presented by Dow Corning, provides an introduction to photovoltaic panels and give attendees an insight into their history and potential for the future.

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Bloodhound comes to Horse Guards Parade

12 April 2011

A 42 foot model of the Bloodhound super sonic car was parked on Horse Guards Parade, just metres away from IMechE headquarters, to mark the publication of the 1000mph car's 3D design drawings.

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Bursledon Brickworks gets 62nd Engineering Heritage Award

12 April 2011

Bursledon Brickworks in Hampshire has become the 62nd recipient of an Institution of Mechanical Engineers Heritage Award, joining the likes of the Thames Barrier and the Penydaren locomotive on the prestigious list of winners.

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Fukushima nuclear plant: Institution insight into the main engineering issues

12 April 2011

Dr Colin Brown, Director of Engineering and Chris Lowther Fellow of the Institution, consider the main engineering challenges currently faced by engineers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, following the massive earthquake and tsunami.

UPDATED 12/04/11

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2050 Roadmaps

05 April 2011

The Southern Area and the Greater London Region jointly organised this presentation by Professor David JC MacKay.

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The Intelligent Railway - How Can Railway Condition Monitoring Help Us Predict and Plan for the Future?

04 April 2011

Presented by Professor Clive Roberts, Birmingham University

This address will present the state-of-the-art in railway condition monitoring, in addition to providing details of future applications that are being developed as part of research projects taking place at the University of Birmingham in collaboration with British and international stakeholders.

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46th John Player Memorial Lecture: At the Cutting, Scratching and Piercing Edges

23 March 2011

This is a free evening lecture open to all. Professor Tony Atkins will leave you wondering...

whether men should consider shaving with a potato peeler and women whether they manicure their nails properly. These are not trivial thoughts!

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Global Cleantech Cluster Association press launch

21 March 2011

Press launch for the GCCA in conjunction with Ecoconnect and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

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Delivering Transport for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

14 March 2011

This presentation will include discussion on the Scale, form and nature of the Games

Presented by Hugh Sumner, Director of Transport, ODA

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IRSE London Paper - East London Railway

09 February 2011

Speakers: Mike Stubbs & Adam Smith, London Overground

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Passive Safety Design and Validation of a European Rail Platform

17 January 2011

Presented by: Professor John Roberts, Manager Centre of Competence Crash Safety,
Bombardier Transport

The paper will cover the Normative references for RST Interoperability in the areas of Structural Crashworthiness and Interior Passive Safety.

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Population Explosion: Can the Planet Cope?

12 January 2011

A groundbreaking Population report (Wed 12 January) by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has revealed the world is hurtling towards population overload placing billions at risk of hunger, thirst and slum conditions.

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