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Year of Engineering 2018

Year of Engineering

April - Improving Lives

This month's theme is 'Improving Lives', and we've got a calendar full of events and activities lined up for you to get involved in. Here's what's coming up this month.

The Young Persons Paper Competition (YPPC) Section heats continue, with the London, Southern & Eastern, Midlands and North West Section heats still to go. The winners of the heats will go through to the Grand Final in June for their chance to compete in this year's competition. Details of the heats can be found below.

Our Scholarships and Awards programme is now live. IGEM members who are about to embark on or are studying an Engineering Council accredited course, can now apply for funding towards the cost of their studies, as well as grants if they are in need financial support. For more details on this click here.

The Gas Industry Awards 2018 shortlist has now been announced. The awards recognise and celebrate those who work within the gas industry for their dedication and hard work on their innovations and projects.  These innovations and projects help improve lives of the end users and the operatives who use them. Details of the shortlist can be found here. Details on the Awards Lunch can be found here.

We're hosting a range of activities and events this month including site visits, YPPC Section heats plus technical Section events. See below for upcoming events near you.


March - Routes into Engineering

As a sponsor of the Year of Engineering, we're holding activities, events and conferences tailored to each month's themes. March's theme is 'Routes into Engineering'. See below for what we've been up to and what's still to come this month.

We held our Sir Denis Rooke Lecture with guest speaker Professor Dame Ann Dowling where she discussed "Engineering a Future for All - The Power of Education, Research and Innovation". She touched on the skills crisis and how we may be able to combat the issues.

The Young Persons Paper Competition (YPPC) Section heats begin this month. This is the chance for the entrants to showcase themselves within their local Section, using the platform to develop their careers and uncover the routes into the industry that are available to them.

We will be launching our scholarships, grants and awards programme soon. We are going to be taking applications for scholarships, grants and awards from IGEM members who are about to embark on or are currently studying an Engineering Council accredited course. This will offer the individuals funding towards the cost of their studies and grants for those who need financial support. For more details on this click here.


February - Creativity and Inspiration

Our London, Southern & Eastern Section also hosted their London Showcase and Lions' Lair event where four finalists presented their exciting new innovations to professionals from across the industry. Synthotech were crowned the winner and took home this year's trophy. This event offers a chance for companies and those working on these projects to showcase their creativity and the work they do, as well as acknowledging and rewarding their hard work. It aims to inspire others to bring new ideas to the board and maybe even consider a career within the industry.

The Young Persons Paper Competition (YPPC) allows our young people across the industry to showcase their expertise and skills. This competition inspires young people in the industry and opens up doors, giving them a boost in their career. The deadline for entries was 28 February, the shortlisted entrants will now go forward to battle it out in their Section heats.


January - Year of Engineering is here

In January, we showed our support by registering as a partner to the government's Year of Engineering campaign. We're looking forward to an exciting year of events, which will help promote engineering as a career and provide opportunities to advance the skills of developing engineers.

Related upcoming IGEM events include:

London, Southern & Eastern Section: Repairing, Assessing and Rehabilitating the Networks - 10 April

Irish Section: Non-destructive evaluation of welded joints in polyethylene pipe - 11 April

YPN Section Technical presentation and visit to Leyland CNG Refuelling Station - 12 April

North East & Yorkshire Section International Innovation and the Future of Gas - 17 April

Technical Training: Hazardous Area Classification Introduction - 17 April

Technical Training: Hazardous Area Classification Practitioner - 18 April

London, Southern & Eastern Section YPPC Heat - 19 April

Midlands Section YPPC Heat - 19 April

Technical Training: Introduction to the UK Gas Market - 19 April

YPN Section Technical visit to Fort Dunlop Power Station - 25 April

South West Section: Greendustrial Revolution - 25 April

North West Section AGM and YPPC Section Heat - 26 April

Scottish Section and IET Scotland South East Network event: Robotics: Utilities and Beyond - 26 April


Details of more events coming soon.

To find out what Year of Engineering events are happening near you, visit or search #YOE on Twitter.

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