The International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological (CAETS) 2016 - Engineering A Better World
was a two day conference held in London the 13 and 14 September 2016. It explored how engineering can drive progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals
and transform the future of the world we live in through cross-borders country partnerships and collaboration.
Hosted by the UK Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng)
, the event brought together engineering institutions and international development professionals from around the world.
WFEO President Jorge Spitalnik
, President Elect Mrs. Marlene Kanga
, Executive Council members Martin Manuhwa, Mustafa Shehu and Haro Bedelian as well as Executive Director Mr. Jacques de Méreuil attended the conference.
During Day 2, under the theme "Leading the profession: Learning from around the world
", Dr. Kanga made a speech entitled "Diversity for Relevance
", where she underlined in particular the global percentage of women at graduation level in engineering studies (17%) and working at age of 50 (1%). She also stressed the positive example coming from “new nations” that make engineering a priority, like Kuwait where women are more than 50% at graduation level.
In the conclusions, President Jorge Spitalnik intervened to highlight the importance of the “feasibility of concepts
”, technically, economically and environmentally: engineers can prevent politicians from “wishful thinking” biases.
, a new capacity building program originally conceived by WFEO, was launched on 14 September with RAEng grants available for Professional Engineering Institutes (PEIs) based in sub-Saharan Africa, working in partnership with the engineering research, policy and business communities in the UK and sub-Saharan Africa.
An interactive session on Africa Catalyst took place on 14 September led by a group of consultants.
For more information, click on the following link:
CAETS 2016 - Engineering A Better World webpage: www.raeng.org.uk/policy/international-policy-and-development/engineering-a-better-world-caets-2016