LAST CHANCE TO BOOK: Three panels and three presentation series at EAN Congress

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. Alongside the fantastic keynotes, here’s a rundown of our three panels and three presentation series sessions you cannot miss.


Presentation: The Pipeline of Engineers for the Future

How do we encourage and foster the engineers of the future? They will carry the legacy not only of our discipline, but also they will need to rise to the challenges of saving the planet and building a better tomorrow. How do we light that spark?

  • Dr Susan Scurlock MBE Founder and CEO of Primary Engineer
  • Debbie Syrop Public Engagement Officer, School of Engineering, Cardiff University
  • Katie Grant The University of Edinburgh

Monday June 10th@ 10:20


Presentation: Harnessing Neurodiverse Talent

Neurodiversity guru, GP, academic, author, entrepreneur, Prof. Amanda Kirby MBBS MRCGP PhD, the founder and CEO of Do-IT Solutions, outlines the value of diversity of thought to engineering and the opportunities presented by embracing those who think differently in HE engineering.

Monday June 10th@ 12:00


Presentation: Do I AI? Generating Ethics for Generative AI

It’s not every conference that can boast an AI bot presenting and interacting with the delegates on the ethics and opportunities of new technologies. Not only are we joined by Echoborg, but by her creator and leading experts on the possibilities and pitfalls of AI.

  • Phil D Hall Conversational AI Architect
  • Echoborg AI bot
  • Assoc. Prof. Sajjad Hussain Reader/Associate Professor, University of Glasgow

Tuesday June 11th@ 19:30


Panel: Sustainability and Engineers for the Future

If anyone is going to save our planet for future generations, it will be engineers who find solutions and adaptations to the crisis we face. But what does this mean for educating the engineers who must rise to these challenges? The EPC has been leading innovations in this area and we’re joined by a panel of experts.

  • Dr Manoj Ravi Lecturer in Chemical Engineering & Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE) Fellow
  • Dr Maryam Masood Assistant Professor/MSc Programmes, WMG Warwick University
  • Dr Asima Iqbal Assistant Professor at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), Warwick University
  • Prof. Sarah Jayne Hitt – EPC Sustainability Toolkit Project Manager

Monday June 10th@ 14:15


Panel: Universal Design for Learning

Experts in the field of UDL, problem-based learning and new approaches in engineering education discuss the potential of universal design for learning in engineering education and the value of inclusive approaches in the context of teaching and learning approaches.

  • Dr Sean Bracken – PFHEA & Principal Lecturer, University of Worcester
  • Prof. Alan Kwan – Deputy Head of School, School of Engineering, Cardiff University
  • Prof. Nicola Martin – Professor of Social Justice & Inclusive Education, LSBU
  • Prof. John Mitchell – Professor of Communications Systems Engineering, UCL

Tuesday June 10th@ 11:15


Panel: Researchers for the Future

What are the new opportunities in research? We hear from two of the major sources of research funding about what the expect to see over the next few years and a leading spin-out who is proving how research, impact and commercial opportunity go hand in hand.

  • Andy Lawrence Head of Engineering, EPSRC
  • Jenny Read  Programme Director, ARIA
  • Dr Livia Ribero de Souza Mimicrete Ltd.

Tuesday June 10th@ 12:00


For the full programme including social activities, the tour of Cardiff Bay Barrage, the dinner at the National Museum of Wales and the public lecture from Mark Drakeford, recent First Minister of Wales, visit the Congress page.

With discounted delegate passes for EPC members and massively reduced costs for  Early Career Staff, coming to Congress is an unmissable opportunity – a feats of professional development, networking and fun.

Bookings are still open for EAN Annual Congress. Bookings and further information here.

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