Welcome to the Wessex Region

This site will provide information on events and activities being organised by the IMechE Wessex Region.  I hope you find something of interest in your area and if you need any further information please contact us

Welcome to the events and contacts pages on Near You for the Wessex Region.  Our region covers activities organised by volunteer members in the Bournemouth, Dorchester & Weymouth, Portsmouth & Isle of Wight, Salisbury and Southampton Areas where approximately 3860 members reside and/or work. If you have time to devote to volunteering please contact your local Area committee and get involved.  Even if you are too busy to volunteer, we would always be grateful for ideas for lectures and visits in your area.

There are a host of interesting events being arranged for you in the forthcoming programme year (starting 1st September) and so I urge you to scan the Near You events pages and book or register online.  Guests and members of other professional engineering institutions are most welcome at all events unless restrictions apply, and guests may register with the booking system in their own right.  Online registration makes it easier for us to administer events and to inform you if there is a last minute change in arrangements, so please use this process if you can.

This programme year we will be hosting the President of the IMechE, Group Captain Mark Hunt RAF, in the Portsmouth & IOW Area at the end of April 2015, at which new members and fellows will be presented with their certificates at a dinner to be held in Portsmouth.  The annual Arnold Barks Memorial Christmas Lecture will this year be given in Salisbury by Professor Dame Wendy Hall to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the World Wide Web.  We are also hosting former minister and local MP, David Willetts, at a seminar at the University of Portsmouth in late October.  Also, for the first time, the Region will be hosting the September meeting of the IMechE’s Regional Strategy Board (RSB).  We will be welcoming the new Chair of the RSB, local Southampton member and IMechE Vice-President, Geoff Baker, to this role, which serves to link the activities of the UK & Ireland volunteer network with the IMechE’s Trustee Board.

Finally, in addition to our engagement activities with members, this year we will be seeking to further promote STEM subjects in local schools, to work with members to develop their careers through improved local mentoring, and we will be seeking to get a Wessex Region Manufacturing Excellence (MX) Awards scheme off the ground.  I look forward to meeting you at one of our events.

Nick Schulkins MBE
Wessex Region Chairman

Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    23 September 2014 18:00 to 21:00
    HMS NELSON Wardroom - Portsmouth - Portsmouth
    Portsmouth & Isle of Wight Area Committee Dinner Q3 2014
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Social Event
    25 September 2014 19:00 to 21:30
    Irving Brewery - Portsmouth
    Irving Brewery Visit, Tour and Sampling - Excite your taste buds !!
    Industry: Food Engineering
  • Event Type: Talk
    09 October 2014 19:00 to 21:00
    Weymouth College - Weymouth
    The presentation will provide a brief introduction to ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK based at Winfrith, Dorset and then describe the transition underway from traditional naval minehunting to assets deployed either remotely or autonomously. It will then go onto describe a new generation of sonar able to discriminate between mines and other seabed objects and discuss techniques to provide Automated Target Recognition. Conclusions will then be presented.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    16 October 2014 12:00 to 14:30
    South Downs College - Waterlooville - Waterlooville
    South Downs College - Waterlooville - Waterlooville Lunch Lecture: "Behind Closed Doors" Guest Speaker: Dr David Rogers
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Debate
    24 October 2014 17:30 to 20:00
    Portland Building, University of Portsmouth - Portsmouth
    Are you interested in the formation of engineers, the future of engineering and how we might engineer that future? What is the Engineering Profession’s view, outlook & proposals for tackling the challenges? What is the Government’s plan & response? Take the opportunity to put your own questions to former Government Minister & local MP David Willetts and Eminent Academic & Engineer Dr Rhys Morgan? Join our event at the University of Portsmouth. Open to EC Members, STEM Academics & Students
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
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