Welcome to the Western Region

The Region covers the five Areas listed below:

  1. Bath & Bristol
  2. Devon and Cornwall
  3. Gloucester
  4. Somerset
  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.
  • Firearms at the Defence Academy    Fully Booked
    Event Type: Technical Visit
    05 March 2015 17:00 to 20:00
    Defence Academy, Swindon (01793 785615) - Swindon
    An opportunity to view the excellent the firearms of the Defence Academy of the UK. This is an extensive collection of guns ranging from historical classics to cutting edge technology.
    Industry: Defence & Government Services
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    05 March 2015 18:30 to 19:30
    The Hyde Park - PLYMOUTH
    A great opportunity to meet like-minded individuals from a wide range of local businesses, make new friends, and perhaps even to solve that problem you've been working on!
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: AGM
    05 March 2015 19:00 to 21:00
    Cranfield University
    Swindon Area's Annual General Meeting. Following the Firearms Event, we will hold the 2015 AGM. The AGM is open to IMechE members of all grades. Due to the location, it is essential that you book a place.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Competition Event
    09 March 2015 06:00 to 23:00
    *TBC
    Prize competition deadline is EXTENDED to 9th March 2015.
    Industry: Aerospace
  • Event Type: Talk
    11 March 2015 18:30 to 21:00
    Exeter Phoenix - EXETER
    LAUNCH OF A NEW COMMITTEE BRANCH IN EXETER: We are launching a new branch of the Devon and Cornwall Area Committee in Exeter. To mark the occasion, we have organised an event that charts the development of the most complicated piece of engineering equipment on the planet: the nuclear-powered submarine. Afterwards, enjoy a casual drink with our speakers, do a spot of casual networking, and find out more about the IMechE in Devon and Cornwall.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    11 March 2015 19:00 to 21:00
    *TBC
    A Visit to the Fox Brothers Factory in Wellington. Visit to and tour of the factory where waving of cloth is carried out.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Talk
    11 March 2015 19:00 to 20:00
    Pugsley Lecture Theatre - Bristol - Bristol
    Bristol’s Vertically Oriented Probe (VOP) micro-scope represents a breakthrough in both Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) instrumentation and the study of biomolecules, and can overcome the disadvantages of AFM. This talk will detail some of the novel engineering approaches for this ground-breaking micro-scope.
    Industry: Medical Engineering
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    11 March 2015 19:30 to 21:00
    The Inn on the Green - Bristol
    We are a friendly bunch and our once monthly meetings help us decide what events to put on, idea's for bigger projects and just a general opportunity to get to know people with similar interests in your area! We hope to see you soon!
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Competition Event
    16 March 2015 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. The winner will receive a prize of £200 and will go forward for a place in the national final later in the year at Birdcage Walk, London. And other prizes for the runners-up. TO BE CONSIDERED FOR TAKING PART IN THIS EVENT PLEASE CONTACT MICK JAMES AT THE ADDRESS SHOWN BELOW
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Talk
    17 March 2015 19:00 to 21:00
    Messier-Bugatti-Dowty - Gloucester
    The IMechE - RAeS 2015 joint lecture will be concerning The Last British Airliner, the BAe 146. Refreshmens available from 19:00.
    Industry: Aerospace
  • Event Type: Technical Visit
    18 March 2015 17:30 to 19:30
    Albert Gate - PLYMOUTH
    Join us on a tour of this unique piece of engineering and maritime heritage. Experience what life was like on board a nuclear-powered 'hunter killer' submarine during the Cold War.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    18 March 2015 18:00 to 20:00
    Room 2B20 - University of the West of England - Bristol
    Need to polish up your CV? Want to know what employers look for in an employee? Want to know how to professionally register with IMechE? Join us at UWE for a workshop to develop your CV skills and find out the best ways to get noticed in the workplace.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Technical Visit
    20 March 2015 11:15 to 15:30
    Matford Park and Ride - EXETER
    Join us on a tour of this unique piece of engineering and maritime heritage. Experience what life was like on board a nuclear-powered 'hunter killer' submarine during the Cold War.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Competition Event
    25 March 2015 18:30 to 21:00
    University of Plymouth - Plymouth
    'Present Around the World' is an opportunity for young people to gain more experience in giving presentations. It aims to boost their confidence and also give us the chance to support the next generation of STEM enthusiasts.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Debate
    26 March 2015 19:00 to 21:30
    University of Bath - Bath
    Will hydrogen be the fuel of the future? Come share your views.
    Industry: Automotive
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    09 April 2015 18:30 to 00:00
    The Hyde Park - PLYMOUTH
    A great opportunity to meet like-minded individuals from a wide range of local businesses, make new friends, and perhaps even to solve that problem you've been working on!
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    14 April 2015 19:00 to 21:00
    EDF Visitor Centre - Bridgwater
    Talk organised by the IET at EDF visitors centre in Bridgwater. Booking essential via the IET web site on www.theiet.org/somerset
    Industry: Research & Development
  • Event Type: Talk
    15 April 2015 19:00 to 21:00
    Messier-Bugatti-Dowty - Gloucester
    An insight into the winter of 2014 in Formula 1 and explain why what was learned is of relevance to next-generation motorsport and mainstream technology developments
    Industry: Automotive
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    27 April 2015 17:00 to 19:00
    Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon
    The Annual General Meeting of the South Western Centre of the Railway Division of the I Mech E. This is followed by a presentation on the strategy for procuring rolling stock for the outer London commuter services in the Thames Valley after it is electrified.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Visit
    02 May 2015 00:00 to 00:00
    *TBC
    Visit to Bristol Air Traffic Control Centre at Bristol Airport
    Industry: Aerospace
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    12 May 2015 18:00 to 20:00
    UTC Swindon
    JOINT EVENT WITH IET After the electrification of the Great Western Mainline from London to Bristol and Swansea what is the maintenance regime already planned to keep the service running?
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Talk
    13 May 2015 19:00 to 21:00
    Messier-Bugatti-Dowty - Gloucester
    The talk will begin with an overview of the products that Corin manufacture and the medical needs that they satisfy. It will describe the full product lifecycle of a medical device from market need to implantation and beyond to clinical follow up.
    Industry: Medical Engineering
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