Introduction from the Chairman

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers was set up over 150 years ago to bring together a new breed of people.  People who used the new tools, technology, and science to make the world a better and more productive place.  These people found new solutions to some of the problems of their time.  The Institution's aim was to be the natural home of Mechanical Engineers.  Today, there are a new set of tools, and a whole new set of technologies and scientific methods, but the same breed of people are still here to pit their own ingenuity and skill against a new set of problems.

In Benelux we have our own part to play in this new era.  The Internet has changed the social and industrial landscape beyond recognition.  We are only half way through the second decade of this new world.  From our age profile in the graph above, it is clear that the majority of our members have only known this new world, have grown up with information overload and life moving at hyper speed.  As a branch, our goal should be to find out how to re-build, re-style and re-programme the Institution to make if still the natural home of Mechanical Engineers for the future as well as the past.

The communication revolution has brought us closer to the rest of the world, and made contact to partner organisations so much quicker and easier.  As a branch with so few members spread over three different countries, it is vital that we build and enhance the contact to these other organisations, both local to our host countries, and expatriate institutions in other branches of Engineering.

The Institution is a membership organisation, by the members, for the members, paid for by the members.  I encourage you to get involved.  There is scope for everyone to get involved and have a voice in what we do and how we use your fees to serve you the best.  Just like our ancestors 150 years ago, we have a problem that is unique to our time.  We need an innovative solution, we need Engineers.  Be part of it.

If you would like to know more about the Benelux Branch or becoming a member of the IMechE, please contact our Branch Chairman.


Paul Bennington
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Current and Future Events

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  • Event Type: Workshop
    29 May 2017 09:00 to 30 May 2017 17:00
    Covestro - Leverkusen
    One of the principle capabilities of the future industrial leader will be his or her ability to communicate effectively. Introducing the ‘Communications Equation’ and a typical stakeholder map, this EIIL Masterclass ™ workshop explains the planning and development of a communications strategy and the targeting of key messages to each of the stakeholder groups. A 2 day workshop using the EIIL masterclass inductive learning principle.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Conference
    31 May 2017 09:00 to 18:00
    Covestro - Leverkusen
    The EIIL will lead a research consortium to investigate the effects of the new industrial revolution 4.0 (the internet of things: IoT) on the process sector. This is the second year of investigation and the second conference in the 2017 programme. The conference will use the EIIL Masterclass format with short impulse presentations from selected experts, followed by coached breakout goups and a feedback to the plenary session.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    22 June 2017 18:30 to 21:00
    Apollo Hotel Breda City Centre - Breda
    The Benelux Discussion Cafe is a meeting of professional institution members. Over drinks and snacks, in an informal setting, you are encouraged to share your experience and opinion. The discussion topic: Generations in the workplace - mentoring for effective knowledge exchange - What are the meeds and best practices?
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Careers & education
    26 September 2017 12:00 to 29 September 2017 17:00
    Hotel Termes Montbrio - Montbrió del Camp
    Do you want to do something new in your career? Do you want more flexibility, or enjoyment, in your work? Could your skills still be valuable to industry? (or in other sectors ?) Next-Ex is an opportunity to learn about how to start the Next Experience in your career.
    Industry: Cross-sector
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