EAN Congress 2024: engineers for the future

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'.

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Call for Presentations

The Engineering Academics Network’s flagship event, the Annual Congress, is making its first trip to Wales in 20 years!

Hosted by Cardiff University from 10-12 June 2024, Congress 24: Engineers for the future will – as usual – welcome an amazing line-up of high-profile speakers. But this year there will be twist.

For the first time, we are allocating opportunities in the Congress for participants to present their experience and expertise on topics aligned with the overall Congress theme: Engineers for the future.

This could be in any format, so get your creative hats on. First and foremost we will, of course, be looking for presentations that share valuable insight, expertise and good practice. But we are also looking to showcase originality in engaging ways, not chalk-and-talk slide decks.

If you have insights on a topical contemporary subject, or maybe vignettes of your innovations in HE engineering that would be of interest to your peers, then please submit an idea for a session or propose a speaker(s). Possible topics include: emerging skills, re-evaluating the curriculum and/or teaching, ubiquity of AI, sustainability, future engineering research funding, etc. As well as what you want to talk about, we’re keen to hear how and why you should be involved.

Ideas don’t need to be fully fledged. The Congress Steering Committee will work with potential presenters to create, along with our invited and keynote speakers, a final structured Congress programme.

Expressions of interest of no more than 250 word are now invited. This could take the form of a session title and description of the questions to be addressed and how. Or it may be a suggestion of a topic and speakers with reasons why they will be both engaging and insightful.

Informal non-committal enquiries are also welcome!

The deadline for submission is Friday 15th December 2023. Notification of acceptance by 26th February 2024. Congress 2024 will be in Cardiff 10-12th June.

Please explain what your proposed session would be about, perhaps what questions it would seek to address. What would the format of your session be (eg. panel, address, debate, performance, interpretive dance, etc). Who would be part of the session and what are their credentials?

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 10-12th 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

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 Tuesday 11th 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.

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