Welcome to the Western Region

The Region covers the five Areas listed below:

  1. Bath & Bristol
  2. Devon & Cornwall
  3. Devon & Somerset
  4. Gloucester
  5. Swindon

In addition there is a Young Member Panel centred around Bristol. There are also three Divisional Centres for those with specialist interests in the Aerospace, Automobile and Railway industries.

  • Western Young Members (Bristol)
  • Aeronautical
  • Automobile
  • Railway
Information about events and contacts for each Area or Panel is provided in their respective pages.

The overall programme for the Region aims to provide a mixture of learned society activities including prestige lectures, talks on popular subjects, visits to industrial organisations, aspects of Continuing Professional Development, student prizes and social functions.

Details of the programme, typically comprising around 90 events organised by the Region, Areas, Young Member Panel and Divisional Centres, are printed on a single card, which is sent to all our members during September each year via an insert in Professional Engineering.

Ian Parsons - Western Chair
Mike Moseley - Treasurer

Western Region Facebook Page

 

 

Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    16 January 2018 00:00 to 19 January 2018 00:00
    *TBC
    Safety culture requires an atmosphere in which individuals are not unduly punished or blamed for their mistakes. This is an ideal which is difficult to achieve in practice; when things really do go wrong, people’s reaction is often to protect themselves by pointing the finger of blame at others.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Careers & education
    17 January 2018 13:30 to 16:00
    Room 004 - Exeter
    Today, working hard to support our 111,000 members, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers is the market leader among professional engineering bodies. It is a go-ahead organisation with global reach that truly represents and reflects the profession: encouraging professional registration and long-term career development. We encourage high profile education initiatives, which inspire the next generation to work in engineering.
    Industry: Other Industries / Sectors
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    17 January 2018 19:30 to 21:00
    The Inn on the Green - Bristol
    Come along to our monthly meeting to help us decide on what events to put on and an opportunity to get to know people with similar interests in your area!
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    18 January 2018 19:30 to 21:00
    University of Gloucestershire, Park Campus, Elwes Building
    Joint Event with IET. The talk will cover why Swansea Bay was chosen as the site, the layout and functioning of the lagoon, how it will be constructed and how the turbines will be installed and commissioned. **IET booking page shows event fully booked, if you attend without booking there may be no seats available. **
    Industry: Power Industries
  • Event Type: Competition event
    31 January 2018 00:00 to 00:00
    Online Submission
    Western Aerospace Centre 2017 Prize. Prize competition deadline is 31st January 2018, and the paper presentation evening is planned for April 2018.
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    31 January 2018 18:00 to 20:00
    Cranfield University (Shrivenham)
    A talk on the Natural Environment Research (NERC) MST Radar Facility at Aberystwyth, which is an atmospheric science field station.This talk will use sky-camera images and sequences to illustrate the significance of some particular cloud types.
    Industry: Other Industries / Sectors
  • Event Type: Competition event
    01 February 2018 18:30 to 21:00
    Marina Bar - Plymouth
    Come and join the IMechE, RINA and IMarEST for a joint institution pub quiz!
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Careers & education
    01 February 2018 19:30 to 22:00
    The White Harte - Bristol
    Careers and Beers gives you an opportunity to engage with recent graduates from engineering companies in the Bristol area. Please register your interest today and we'll confirm the details very soon!
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    05 February 2018 17:00 to 19:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    Joint event with IET. Robert Phillpotts from TE Connectivity explains the ‘mystery’ of what goes on between the pantograph and the traction transformer, how the equipment has evolved and the latest innovations being applied to this aspect of train design.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    15 February 2018 19:00 to 21:00
    Room 004 - Exeter
    The talk will cover the specifications for the main types of Aviation fuel and how the supply chains ensure that vary large quantities of unfailingly available to meet demand. The arrangements to supply the large quantities of fuel to aircraft at airports around the world will also be described
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
  • Event Type: Social event
    17 February 2018 12:00 to 17 January 2018 14:00
    Moor Beer Co - Bristol
    Bath and Bristol Young Members Panel would like to invite to tour the craft beer brewery Moor Beer Co right in the heart of Bristol. Come and join us for a social event!
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    28 February 2018 00:00 to 00:00
    EDF Energy
    3D Printing (more details to follow) ** The speaker is no longer available for the 28th of Feb. We are in the process of agreeing a new date. If you have booked, you will be sent an email with the new date. **
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    06 March 2018 19:00 to 19:20
    EDF Energy
    AGM - All welcome. The committee seeks new members and new ideas for events.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    06 March 2018 19:30 to 21:30
    EDF Energy
    The problem of plastic waste hit the headlines in 2017 and the story continues to unfold in 2018. What are the technical solutions to plastic waste, how can it be recycled?
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Careers & education
    09 March 2018 00:00 to 18 March 2018 23:59
    *TBC
    Take part in the UK’s biggest celebration of science. How will you get involved?
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Competition event
    12 March 2018 17:00 to 19:00
    Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon
    One of the highlights of the year; Young Engineers (typically with less than 10 years experience) will present their papers, in competition with each other. If you would like to take part and submit a paper please contact m.james4@ntlworld.com
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    15 March 2018 19:00 to 21:00
    Centek Limited - Newton Abbot
    Centek is based in Newton Abbot, Devon, where it designs, manufactures and tests equipment for the Oil and Gas industry. Their main focus is the manufacture and development of bow spring Centralisers that are used to retain steel casing pipes centrally within the drilled bore hole of both on-shore and off-shore rigs.The production facilities in the UK (and its sister plant in the US) are run using lean manufacturing principles and with an unwavering focus on repeatability.
    Industry: Coal / Oil / Gas
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    20 March 2018 19:30 to 20 January 2018 21:00
    Safran Landing Systems - Gloucester
    Graphene - Joint Lecture with RAeS (Event Details Tentative, Awaiting Confirmation)
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    16 April 2018 17:00 to 19:00
    Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon
    AGM of the Railway Division South Western centre followed by presentation on the engineering and commercial challenges of life extension of existing rolling stock
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    18 April 2018 12:00 to 14:00
    Severn Trent Water Ltd - CHELTENHAM
    See event description for full details...
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    30 April 2018 18:30 to 21:00
    Room 004 - Exeter
    The Bloodhound Story and the importance of inspiration for global education.
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    16 May 2018 18:00 to 19:30
    EDF Energy
    Details to be added later...
    Industry: Nuclear power
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    17 May 2018 10:00 to 14:00
    Reading Depot
    Daytime visit to brand new wheel lathe installed in the existing Reading depot, pre-booking ESSENTIAL Please register on this website
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Careers & education
    05 June 2018 00:00 to 10 June 2018 23:59
    *TBC
    Cheltenham Science Festival - Exhibitions, Talks, Practical Events. How will you get involved?
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Careers & education
    23 June 2018 00:00 to 23:59
    *TBC
    Take part in the International Women in Engineering Day 2018. How will you get involved?
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    11 July 2018 19:30 to 21:00
    EDF Energy
    Remap custom-makes equipment to help disabled people live more independent lives. Find out more about the successful work of Remap and how to get involved.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Social event
    25 July 2018 17:00 to 20:00
    Great Western Society DIDCOT
    Traditional summer event, with an evening event on site exclusively for Railway Division. Visit includes a buffet tea, pre-booking ESSENTIAL Please register on this website
    Industry: Railway
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