Global warming: Could climate change pave the way for a golden age of British engineering?
The UK's task of reducing emissions will contribute to a surge in engineering jobs through "green growth", a leading academic will explain at a University of Leicester-hosted conference.
Professor Julia King, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University, will give the keynote lecture at the Engineering Professors' Council's annual congress at the University on Tuesday April 17.
Her lecture, Climate Change, Green Growth, Opportunities for Engineering and Manufacturing, will examine how the Government's pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 will create new opportunities for engineering research and development.
Professor King, who advises the Government on education and technology issues and is a non-executive director of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, said: "Reducing emissions means replacing our current operations, infrastructure and manufactured goods with low carbon alternatives, stimulating research and development, providing opportunities for innovative companies to claim new markets and for the UK to rebalance its economy through ‘green growth’.
"Engineering UK, in its report on the state of engineering in 2012, predicts that over the next 10 or so years there will be a growth wave in engineering jobs – the UK will need over 2 million additional engineers. Are we on the threshold of a new golden age for British engineering? I believe that we hold the responsibility, and the means, to make this happen."
Professor King will receive the President's Prize which is awarded biennially by the Engineering Professors' Council for services to engineering education.
The event was organised by Professor Helen Atkinson, Head of Mechanics and Materials Group in the University of Leicester's Department of Engineering, who is also President of the UK Engineering Professors' Council.
She said: "Engineering is crucial to our quality of life and to combating climate change. There are great opportunities for engineers in helping to develop technologies which will help the world to adjust to climate change. Engineers gain real job satisfaction from solving problems, particularly when that benefits the society. There are also great prospects for job creation and economic growth through putting the UK at the forefront of technologies to assist with combating climate change.
"The congress is an opportunity to gather Engineering Professors here at the University of Leicester to consider the issues facing engineering in higher education."
The congress will also feature talks from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and Universities UK (UUK).
Report by Mark Cardwell
For more information, please contact Professor Helen Atkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0116 2231019.