Four keynotes you can’t afford to miss at EAN Congress in less than four weeks’ time

The Engineering Academics Network Annual Congress is the flagship event of the EPC each year and in 2024, our theme is ‘Engineers for the Future’. We will be exploring the future of Engineering higher education relating to everything from AI to sustainability. Here is a rundown of our four keynote sessions.

Opening keynote: engineering for the future – Dr Nike Folayan MBE
Monday June 10th@ 09:50

Dr Nike Folayan is Chair of AFBE-UK, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2007 to address the underrepresentation of ethnic minorities in the engineering workforce. She will give an inspiring vision of how greater diversity will be essential to meeting the engineering challenges of tomorrow and how appealing to more diverse students will also support engineering education.

President’s prize lecture – Mary Curnock Cook CBE
Monday June 10th@ 16:15

Mary Curnock Cook is Chair of The Dyson Institute of Engineering & Technology and one of the most widely recognised and highly regarded commenttators on UK higher education. She is a former Chief Executive of UCAS and Chair of the Student Futures Commission as well as a leading expert on edtech. Her insights on the future for the HE sector are always brilliantly insightful and stimulating to listen to. Mary will be presented with the prestigious EPC President’s Prize.

Welcome and keynote: Valuing all routes to entering the engineering profession and the role of professional registration – Prof. John Chudley
Tuesday June 11th@ 09:00

As Chair of the Engineering Council Prof. John Chudley finds himself in a key position to determine the future direction of UK engineering, how accreditation will adapt to changing tides in higher education and how the profession should face the challenges of new technologies, the climate emergency, and economic and societal difficulties.

Closing keynote: engineering for future generations – Sophie Howe
Tuesday June 11th@ 12:45

After a stellar rise to prominence through politics and as a crime commissioner, Sophie Howe became the world’s first Future Generations Commissioner in the Welsh Government. Sometimes dubbed ‘Minister for the Unborn’, Sophie was charged with planning for climate change, population growth, education and all the challenges that will face tomorrow’s world. Our closing keynote will be a rallying call to engineers to make that world better than today’s.


With discounted member tickets, and four sponsored early career staff spaces remaining, the professional development on offer is a steal. Where else can you get so much for so little?

Bookings are now being taken for EAN Annual Congress. Tickets and further information here.

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