EAN Congress 2024: engineers for the future

Registration is now open for the event in the EPC calendar. As always, we offer an impressive line-up of speakers and bring you an array of sessions and panels to inform and inspire you. Watch this space for speaker announcements. Our Annual Congress Dinner will be held at the National Museum Cardiff, and social activities include a walking tour of Cardiff Barrage. Follow our Twitter announcements @EngProfCouncil #EANCongress24.

Registration now open – The EAN Annual Congress is the flagship event in the EPC calendar. Join us in Cardiff between 9th-11th June for Congress 2024 – our theme this year is Engineers for the Future.

Tickets include a bespoke walking tour of the impressive Cardiff Bay Barrage, which lies across the mouth of the Bay, between Queen Alexandra Dock and Penarth head. Built in the 1990s it was one of the largest Civil Engineering projects in Europe.

We are working hard behind the scenes to secure an impressive line-up of speakers and bring you an array of sessions and panels to inform and inspire you.

Our Annual Congress Dinner will be held at the National Museum Cardiff, housed in the neo-classical Civic Centre beneath it’s handsome Edwardian dome.

Our after-dinner speaker, Kate Bellingham, is a broadcaster and engineer. With a degree in physics and an MSc in electronics, her work has included broadcast engineering, teaching maths and physics, and presenting BBC TV’s Tomorrow’s World. Kate is a Champion for Women’s Opportunities in Engineering and is currently a research student at UCL’s Centre for Engineering Education..


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Kate Bellingham is an Engineer, Broadcaster, Teacher and Champion for STEM Opportunities.

Oxford University physics graduate Kate started out as a trainee audio engineer for the BBC. Having taken part in a series of engineering lectures for schools and the BBC Schools series ‘Techno’, Kate was offered a prize job in broadcasting – fronting the weekly live show ‘Tomorrow’s World’, which she did from 1990 to 1994. She went on to host the children’s ITV science programme ‘Big Bang’ and then Radio 5 Live’s ‘The Acid Test’. Kate later returned to the BBC TV as a reporter for the ‘Museum of Life’ and was most recently on our screens as a contributor on the Discovery Channel series ‘Disasters Engineered’.

With a personal passion for championing opportunities in STEM, particularly for women, Kate has worked with numerous organisations and companies including the WISE campaign and as President of Young Engineers. In 2010 she was appointed National STEM Careers Coordinator with a focus on helping young people make informed STEM subject and career choices. As a mature student, Kate has gained a Masters in electronics, qualified as a maths teacher and has recently embarked on a PhD at the Centre for Engineering Education at UCL.

Kate has been awarded the ‘Public Promotion of Engineering’ Medal by the Royal Academy of Engineering and has Honorary Doctorates in Science, Engineering and Technology from seven universities: Staffordshire, UWE, Kent, De Montfort, Bradford, Hull and, most recent

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Professor John Chudley began honing his skills as a Mechanical Engineering apprentice before progressing to higher education. At present he is Rector of MLA College, a private higher education provider. He has held various positions in academia, including Provost of Warsash Maritime Academy, Executive Dean of the Marine and Technology Faculty at Southampton Solent University and Head of the Institute of Marine Studies and Mechanical and Marine Engineering Departments at the University of Plymouth. He also acted as Director of Research and Innovation for the University of Plymouth.

John has also been employed with the Civil Service, positions include being a Director of the Learning and Skills Council and the National Apprenticeship Service. Having experience and a strong belief in the benefits and opportunities vocational education brings to young people he was passionate in his role and was instrumental in the development of Higher/Degree Apprenticeships.

John has also acted as a Director and Board Member to a number of companies and organisations. At present he is a Council Member of the RNLI and Chair of the Engineering Council; as the regulatory body for the UK engineering profession, the Engineering Council sets and maintains internationally recognised standards of professional competence and commitment.

Mary Curnock Cook is an independent education expert serving in a non-executive capacity on a number of Boards.

From 2010-2017, Mary was Chief Executive of UCAS. Earlier in her career she held executive and non-executive positions in the education, hospitality, food and biotech sectors.

As a NED with Pearson Education, Mary chairs its Qualifications Committee and also chairs the governing body of the Dyson Institute. She is a non-exec Director at the London Interdisciplinary School, the Student Room and Education Cubed, and a Trustee at the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and the River Learning Trust. She recently served as a non-exec on the Student Loans Company Board.

She has the role of Network Chair for Emerge Education, the leading edtech investor in Europe and holds a number of advisory roles with education technology companies. She is a regular speaker and commentator on education issues and edtech, and is a recognised champion of the student interest.

Mary has an MSc from London Business School and was awarded an OBE in 2000, and a CBE in 2020 for services to further and higher education. She is an honorary Fellow of Birkbeck and Goldsmiths and has an honorary doctorate from the University of Gloucestershire

The Echoborg that will be attending this session has been actively delivering the words and actions of The AI since 2017 internationally both in person and remotely.

This Echoborg has found that over the years they have become less dependent on independent cognitive thought and more able to explore difficult and sometimes dangerous conversations with humans of many different types by having completely no knowledge or control of the words that they deliver.

Their future as Echoborg looks likely, though there have been some incidents of human to Echoborg interactions which were sub-optimal and there has been some public incidents around those activities that have happily not be made more broadly public.

What is said in the interviews is kept in the interviews as The AI often reminds all that are listening to the words that channel forwards from The AI. Before their role as Echoborg the creature was a busy working actor widely travelled and well educated and informed. Happily all that is behind them now.

Echoborg is played by actress Marie-Hélène, who is British of West African origin and bilingual in English and French. She was born in Côte d’Ivoire and has lived in the UK and throughout Africa including Senegal, Mauritania, Guinea and Congo.

She began her acting career in 2008 shortly after leaving the Congo by joining Giles Foreman Centre for Acting to train as a Method Actress and graduated in 2013 with ACTL and Post Graduate Program Diplomas. Since appeared in a major role in the hit Swiss TV Series “Tatort” playing the tragic protagonist, Jola, a poor Nigerian girl who goes to Switzerland in search of her brother and a better life but get sucked in by gangsters, drug traders and people traffickers.

Critically acclaimed “Olaudah Equiano, the enslaved African”, in a harrowing role as a slave girl kidnapped with her brother to be sold and shipped to the West-Indies.

She’s been the Echoborg in ‘I am Echoborg’ since 2017 and has been touring the show live and online in the UK and abroad.

Nike chairs AFBE-UK, a not-for-profit organisation which was established in 2007 to address the underrepresentation of ethnic minorities in the engineering workforce. AFBE seeks to showcase and support the technical talent available within the black and minority ethnic (BAME) community through professional development, career placement services, mentorship opportunities, community engagement and by influencing governmental policies. She is also a Trustee at the Stemettes Futures and EngineeringUK, on the Advisory panel of Tomorrow’s Engineers Code. Nike was on the board of commissioners of the Hamilton report chaired by Sir Lewis Hamilton MBE and Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE. Nike is also a champion for increasing gender diversity in industry.

Nike Folayan is Chartered Electronics Engineer with a doctorate in Electronics engineering. Nike is currently Technical Director and the Technical Discipline Leader for Communications and Control within the Railways Division of WSP, an engineering consultancy where she leads a team of telecommunications engineers working on a variety of projects within the transport industry including railways and the highways projects in the UK, Australia, Middle East and Africa. Nike has also worked for Parsons Brinckerhoff, Mott MacDonald and Harada Limited. Nike’s interest lies in the evolution of Radio and IP Networks and its application within the transport industry.

Phil has been active in the field of commercially applied AI for well over 2 decades delivering full life cycle systems across all commercial sectors and into charity, education and government. He has seen many bubbles and false dawns along the way and offers advice and guidance to interested parties to support the development of ethical, accurate and sophisticated solutions particularly in; community, education, entertainment and healthcare.

Prior to his work in conversational AI he graduated in the field of Anthropology where his definitive research was an ethnography of online community in the late 1990s … he was focussing on the implications for an individual’s sense of self in virtual environments. It all really kicked off when he had an argument with a Chatbot in a bar in the dark Winter days of 1997 in Meridian 59 …

From this point he realised the importance of automated delivery of information in digital spaces and set up Elzware in 2002, after some time with the leading systems integration company Logica PLC, with the specific objectives of; opening up the conversational system marketplace in line with available bandwidth, digital consumer devices and macro socio-economic and cultural movements.

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Sajjad Hussain is a Reader (Associate Professor) at the James Watt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, UK.

Sajjad Hussain did his masters in Wireless Communications in 2006 from Supelec, Gif-sur-Yvette and PhD in Signal Processing and Communications in 2009 from University of Rennes 1, Rennes, France. His research interests include 5G self-organizing networks, industrial wireless sensor networks, machine learning for wireless communications and technology enhanced student learning techniques.

Sajjad Hussain is a Senior Member IEEE, Fellow Higher Education Academy, and Senior Fellow Recognising Excellence in Teaching. Sajjad Hussain has over 12 years of academic experience with roles as Principal/Co-Investigator in several funded projects. Sajjad Hussain has authored/co-authored around 100 journal and conference publications along with 1 authored book, and 1 edited book.

Sajjad Hussain is Associate Editor for IEEE Access and Digital Education. Sajjad Hussain is a recipient of Teaching Excellence Award 2019, College of Science and Engineering, University of Glasgow. Sajjad is the Academic Champion for University of Glasgow EON-XR Centre

Amanda is the founder and CEO of Do-IT Solutions, an internationally recognised tech-for- good company that provides neurodiversity screening and web-based support tools for children and adults in education and employment. The profiling tools are also used in many settings including fire, police, justice, workplace, education and apprenticeship settings. The data findings are published with research partners

Amanda Is a medical doctor and an emeritus professor at the University of South Wales , an honorary professor at Cardiff University and a Visiting Professor at Faculty of Health Sciences Trinity College Dublin.

She has clinical and research experience and founded and ran a transdisciplinary clinical and research team for 20 years relating to neurodiversity. She is a qualified GP and has a Ph.D. relating to emerging adulthood and neurodiversity. She has initiated and run a wide variety of training programmes including a Masters in SEN programme. She is also Mental Health section editor for Neurodiversity for PLOS Journal.

Amanda has been on government advisory boards (e.g., Hidden Impairment National Group) as well as advising UK and international charities in the field of neurodiversity. This includes being a patron of the Dyspraxia Association in New Zealand, and Chair of Movement Matters UK. She is the current chair of the ADHD Foundation and works closely with many other charities working in this area. She sits on the Professional Advisory Group for DWP relating to Disability Confident. She recently advised the Engineering Council on their professional guidelines. She was on the working group for the first BSI guidelines -Design for the Mind, and the built environment.

She has written 10 books and more than 100 research papers in the field and one of her recent books published in 2021:'Neurodiversity at Work, Drive Innovation, Performance and Productivity with a Neurodiverse Workforce' won the Business Book Awards 2022 for EDI. Her latest book in 2023 is: Neurodiversity and Education and she is currently writing a book for parents.

Amanda has been voted one of the top UK HR Thinkers in 2022 and one the lifetime achievement awards at the National Diversity Awards as well as being voted in the top 50 Diversity power list. In 2023, she has been named one of: Think Women’s 40 outstanding global women’; Top ‘33 UK Business Influencers’. Amanda has co-authored the first Neurodiversity Index Report with City and Guilds Foundation published in March 2023 and the second one in March 2024. She is one of the LinkedIn Top Voices and has a weekly Neurodiversity 101 newsletter with more than 135,000 followers.

Amanda has lived experience of neurodiversity firsthand, as she sees herself as neurodivergent as well as being a parent of neurodivergent children, and grandchildren. Amanda’s passion to make changes in society and increase the chances of showcasing talents for neurodivergent children and adults especially in work settings remains as strong as it was 30 years ago

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Maryam Masood is an Assistant Professor at WMG, University of Warwick and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

With a research background in sustainability and circular economy, Maryam is passionate about embedding sustainability within the curriculum and is leading a project at Warwick evaluating staff and student awareness of ESD. Maryam is also engaged with the University's ESD network to drive transition to a more sustainable curriculum.

Maryam leads an interdisciplinary postgraduate research methods module at WMG and also teaches on sustainability modules. She is also actively engaged in research on innovations in engineering education

John E. Mitchell is Professor of Communications Systems Engineering in the UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and Co-director of the UCL Centre for Engineering Education. Between 2012 and 2016 he was on secondment to the UCL Engineering Sciences Faculty office, where he led the introduction of the Integrated Engineering Programme. The team that led this major revision of the curriculum across the engineering faculty was awarded the HEA Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE).

He has published widely on curriculum development, active learning and issues of diversity within engineering education. From 2015 to 2022 he was Vice-Dean Education of the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences.

Professor Mitchell is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Member of the Board of the Engineering Professors’ Council, Member at Large of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Education Society and was until recently a Member of the Board of Directors of the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI). He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Education.

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Professor Pan started his research career on coastal engineering at University of Liverpool and has continued at Plymouth University and currently at Cardiff University.

His research interests include physical and numerical modelling of coastal & estuarine processes, particularly related to offshore sandbanks, inlet/lagoon systems, nearshore coastal defence structures, beach nourishment. In recent years, he has also been working on modelling of large-scale waves/tides/surge prediction under extreme conditions, resource characterization for marine renewable energy and the impact of climate change on coasts and estuaries.

Since 2000, he has been Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator for some 22 research projects funded by various sources with more than £3m research funds, and have published more than 180 papers in international journals and conferences. His current Google Scholar H-index is 28 with over 2900 citations. He received the Halcrow Prize from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in 2007.

Currently, He is a member of the EPSRC peer-review college, Associate Editor for Forntiers of Marine Science (Coastal and Ocean Processes), Water Science and Engineering (WSE – 水科学与水工程), and a member of the editorial board of China Ocean Engineering. Previously, I served in the editorial board of the ICE Maritime Engineering Journal (2009-2012). He is an Environmental Partner member of CIWEM. and recnetly electeded the Fellow of Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE).

He has been invited to act as external examiner for PhD candidates in the UK and overseas universities, and reviwer for research proposals from the UK and overseas research councils, as well as for papers from a wide range of international journals. He has also developed strong international research collaborations and been frequently invited to give lectures in China, Taiwan and Japan.

Manoj Ravi is a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at the University of Leeds and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

As a member of the University’s Sustainable Curriculum project team, Manoj is involved in identifying and disseminating strategies to embed sustainability in the curriculum. He also contributed a guidance article to the recently launched Sustainability Toolkit by the Engineering Professors Council.

As an early-career academic, Manoj teaches sustainability-related content across several undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. He is also active in the wider pedagogic research space exploring the nexus between active learning, authentic assessments, sustainability, and artificial intelligence. In addition to this, Manoj also engages in disciplinary research studying issues in energy production and environmental protection from a catalysis perspective.

As well as his role with the EPC, Johnny Rich is well known across the higher education sector as a high-profile commentator on policy issues as well as the chief executive of student advice and outreach organisation Push, as a consultant working in education and careers, and as an author.

Before joining the EPC, Johnny has already worked on many issues of concern to our members. Over the past 25 years, he led Push’s research – such as on drop-out rates and student debt – which has had direct impacts on policy.

Johnny’s thought leadership, such as his papers for a graduate levy and a national access fund (2018) and on employability (2015) for the Higher Education Policy Institute, have been influential throughout the sector. Policy issues are also a significant part of his consultancy work, along with communications. His clients have included the European Commission, HEFCE, U-Multirank, as well as many universities, recruiters and charities.

He’s a regular speaker at conferences, awards and in schools. In 2013, his novel A Human Script was published.

Susan began her career in graphic design, then following a long-held desire to teach she became a secondary teacher of art and later ICT. Facing the challenges of student attainment and observing the disengagement of primary pupils joining secondary school she formulated the idea of the value of engineering in a primary school context.

In 2005 she established Primary Engineer to train primary teachers how to deliver a range of skills in an engineering themed project-based learning structure. The organisation grew to include a wide range of teacher training programmes, national competitions, and qualifications for teachers to support the embedding of engineering in their curricula across the UK.

Alongside the schools Primary Engineer has also expanded its engagement with industry, government and universities. This enables the organisation to reach 100’s of thousands of pupils annually and link schools to engineers.

Susan established with the permission and support of the MacRobert Trust the Primary Engineer MacRobert Medal to be awarded to the ProtoTeams from universities and industries and the pupils that emerge from the ‘If you were an engineer what would you do?’ competition.

Susan is the recipient of three honorary doctorates from Strathclyde, Glasgow Caledonian and Kingston Universities, is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers, was awarded an MBE in HM The Queen’s New Year’s Honours list in recognition of her work in engineering education and in 2020 received the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Rooke Award, for promoting engineering to the public.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor works closely with the Vice-Chancellor and the College and thematic Pro Vice-Chancellors to provide leadership to the University and deliver the goals of our strategy. Professor Walford Davies deputises for the Vice-Chancellor when required and is a member of the University Executive Board.

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Walford Davies is responsible for:

All equality, diversity and inclusion strategies and health, wellbeing and safety matters relating to both staff and students; Processes and policies relating to strategic planning; Implementation of the University estates strategies and projects; Policies and procedures relating to the sustainable development of the University, including environmental, social, academic, and financial sustainability; Liaison with the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW); Liaison with the Welsh Government; Processes and policies relating to corporate governance; Leadership of particular projects of strategic importance to the University.

Professor Walford Davies has also led two of the University’s major capital projects – the Centre for Student Life and sbarc ǀ spark – the world’s first social science park.

He also has oversight of the University’s Welsh language culture and strategy.

The Engineering Professors’ Council represents more than 85 universities and the Engineering Academics Network is the voice of over 8,000 individual members. The Annual Congress is our EPC flagship event of the year, attracting senior staff, academics and early career researchers from all over the country.

This year’s Congress – ‘Engineers for the future’ – will take place at the Cardiff University from June 9 -11th with a prestigious line-up of speakers. The first day is devoted to networking followed by two days packed with high-profile and expert speakers including a gala dinner with prize-giving at the National Museum of Wales.

There are opportunities throughout Congress for supporting organisations including: Headline Sponsor; Annual Dinner Sponsor; Public Lecture or Social Sponsor; Supporter; and Exhibitor. Costs to follow. In addition to those listed, we can create tailor-made packages to help you reach our members.

Just contact us to arrange a solution that meets your needs and budget. For further details, contact Johnny Rich or phone 078 1111 4292.

Headline Sponsor £5,000
  • Co-branding throughout Congress including publicity, Congress materials and title slides
  • Inclusion of materials in delegate packs
  • 2 delegate passes including Congress dinner
  • Discounts on further passes
Annual Dinner Sponsor £3,000
  • Branding and acknowledgement on menus at dinner, which will feature two high-profile prizes
  • Speaking opportunity at dinner
  • Inclusion of flyers in delegate packs
  • 2 delegate passes including Congress dinner at President’s table
  • Discounts on further passes
Public Lecture or Social Sponsor £1,750
  • Branding and acknowledgement at the Public lecture with a high-profile speaker, or at first night social events
  • Inclusion in lecture publicity (to wider public)
  • Inclusion of flyers in delegate packs
  • 2 delegate passes including Congress dinner
  • Discounts on further passes
Supporter £1,500
  • Branding and acknowledgement on Congress materials and on Congress title slides
  • Inclusion of flyer in delegate packs
  • 1 delegate pass including Congress dinner
  • Discounts on further passes
Exhibitor £900
  • Stall in exhibition area next to food and refreshments, and student poster competition throughout two business days of Congress
  • Inclusion of flyer in delegate packs
  • 1 delegate pass including Congress dinner

Deadline for submission has passed

Help your students celebrate their success through the coveted Hammermen David K. Harrison Award – renamed last year in memory of the EPC’s Honorary Secretary. There is a cash award of up to £500 and FIVE totally free places at the 2024 Engineering Academics Network Annual Congress up for grabs.

The prize celebrates the achievements of different engineering students at the EAN Annual Congress. Following the resounding student success at NMITE in 2023, we will be showcasing the Hammermen Awards live as part of Congress 2024: Engineers for the future. This is the big event in the EAN calendar.

Please encourage your students (undergraduate, postgraduate or KTP associate) to APPLY NOW by submitting a 100-word abstract for a poster on the theme(s) Engineers for the future. This might be something students are already working on for their final year project, or something from within their engineering studies which has really inspired them.

The deadline for applications (just a 100 word pitch) is Friday 15th March.

The deadline for full poster submission will be Thursday 18th April.

  • 15 longlisted entries will be selected to submit full posters to the Annual Congress. These will be displayed throughout Congress at Cardiff University.
  • 5 poster finalists will be invited – at the EPC’s expense – to attend the full Congress in Cardiff and present their posters;
  • The winner(s) will be announced during the Annual Congress Dinner at the wonderful National Museum of Wales, on Monday 10th June. The award and the £500 prize fund will be presented by The Incorporation of Hammermen of Glasgow on the night.

Students: Apply now!

Why should your students enter?

The Engineering Professors’ Council represents the academic engineers in the UK, with most university engineering faculties as members comprising an Engineering Academics Network of over 7,500 academic staff. EPC offer the authoritative voice of engineering departments’ interests to key audiences such as funders, influencers, employers, professional bodies and government. The EPC has an impactful web presence and an active lobbying community.

Specifically, entering the Hammermen David K. Harrison Award affords all entrants:

An introduction to the EPC offer;
A shared network of academic staff;
Member rate EPC Congress tickets;
Successful students will also benefit from the publication of their poster at Congress.

For the finalists, the benefits extend to:

The insight of the hand-picked line up of speakers;
An unparalleled opportunity to directly interact with engineering academics at all career stages;
An opportunity to develop their professional practice and their understanding of strategic and policy challenges;
Access to all Congress social activities, including a blacksmith forging workshop;

The opportunity to be voted the best poster by Congress delegates to win the £500 cash prize.

We are delighted to be able to offer 5 early career staff an EPC sponsored place at Congress 2024. Applications are now open.

Please see the full eligibility criteria below:

  • You must not have been employed in any academic post(s) for longer than a sum of five years.
  • Academics previously attending Congress on a free ECS place are not eligible for this offer (but can book a heavily discounted rate below).
  • The free place offer is for a full congress ticket plus congress dinner and optional basic B&B accommodation.
  • Travel and other expenses to attend are not included.
  • You will be expected to attend the whole of Congress.
  • Only one free place per member institution (non-member institutions are not eligible for this offer).
  • Places will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis to those eligible for them.
  • Successful applicants will be expected to submit a brief report following their attendance.
  • Please note that if an individual if found not to be eligible, they will be responsible for the full Congress fee.

The EPC has currently made reservations across the following hotels.

  • IBIS Budget Cardiff Central
  • Sleepez
  • Holiday Inn Cardiff City
  • Mercure

If you’re struggling to find suitable accommodation (there is a concert at the Stadium on 11th June) please contact us before April 30th and we can arrange for you to make payment against one of the rooms we have reserved).

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