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: Seminar
    26 September 2019 18:00 to 20:00
    Devonport Lecture Theatre - Plymouth
    Williams Advanced Engineering is the technology and engineering services business of the Williams Group. In addition to providing engineering, testing and manufacturing services to blue chip customers Williams actively supports UK technology start-ups through its Technology Ventures arm. Come and hear how Williams are helping to support innovators developing products ranging from energy saving aerofoils for supermarket fridges to 3D-printed bionic arms.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    05 October 2019 13:00 to 18:00
    Thatchers Cider Company Ltd - Sandford
    Bath and Bristol Young Members Panel would like to invite you to tour the Thatcher Cider Brewery in Somerset. The Panel has arranged a minibus to transport people to and from Bristol City Center.
    Industry: Other Industries / Sectors
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    08 October 2019 18:00 to 20:00
    *TBC
    Devon and Cornwall Area Committee meeting. Open to all, we welcome visitors of all interests and disciplines.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Seminar
    08 October 2019 18:00 to 20:00
    Plymouth Royal Corinthian Yacht Club - Plymouth
    The Tamar bridge is an iconic landmark in Plymouth. It connects Devon to Cornwall from the City of Plymouth to the west side of Saltash. The Bridge carries over 16million vehicles a year with some busy weekdays see the daily toll hit 50,000. This talk will focus on how this critical piece of infrastructure is managed including it's history and construction.
    Industry: Construction & building services
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    08 October 2019 18:30 to 20:00
    UTC Swindon
    Neil Warburton of Atkins will present the signalling interlocking system in use medium applications around the world.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    09 October 2019 18:00 to 19:30
    EDF Energy
    A team of experienced Engineers will be available for one-to-one consultation for candidates aspiring to be Chartered Engineers or Fellows.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    09 October 2019 19:30 to 21:00
    EDF Energy
    Siddartha Khastgir, Head of Verification and Validation, Connected & Autonomous Vehicles at WMG, University of Warwick will present: 'Engineering a safe driverless car future'. Currently over 1.25 million people die on roads due to road accidents. Over 90% of these accidents occur due to driver error. Surely, removing the driver from the driving task is the best thing, right? Talk to start at 7:30pm with refreshments from 7pm. (Joint Event with IET Gloucestershire)
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    15 October 2019 19:30 to 21:00
    The Inn on the Green (Upstairs Room) - 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! We have several events before the end of the year including lectures on modelling nuclear reactors and an electric hybrid plane as well as a tour of the Brabazon hangars in Filton. Come along if you want to help run the events or if you want to arrange
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    16 October 2019 19:00 to 21:00
    Arkell’s Brewery Ltd - SWINDON
    Arkell’s Brewery have kindly offered IMechE Swindon Area members a guided tour of the brewery on Wednesday 16th October 2019. The maximum tour size is 15 so, initially, it is a member only event. The tour will start at 7:00 pm and last for about 2 hours. It includes the tasting of Arkell’s ales, brewery tour and a hot and cold buffet Members: free, paid by the Institution. Non-Members (if space): £10.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    25 October 2019 09:30 to 16:30
    HiETA Technologies - Bristol
    Complete your IEng or CEng application with support from Institution staff, and have it practically ready to submit by the end of the day.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    01 November 2019 00:00 to 03 November 2019 00:00
    Cheltenham Design Festival - Cheltenham
    Three days of interesting talks and workshops relating to design. The 2019 festival's theme is 'together', exploring how design and creativity create positive relationships. Expect engineering design to feature in the festival's programme.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Careers & education
    06 November 2019 17:45 to 20:00
    Southampton University - Southampton
    17.45 career fayre, 18.30 lecture Railway industry employers’ careers fayre followed by lecture by SWR and Siemens on the successes and failures of this manufacturer maintained fleet.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    13 November 2019 18:00 to 20:00
    *TBC
    Devon and Cornwall Area Committee meeting. Open to all, we welcome visitors of all interests and disciplines.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    13 November 2019 18:30 to 19:45
    EDF Energy
    Dr Colin Brown the Chief Executive Officer (Interim) of the IMechE will explore the IMechE's future position and discuss the unique features and strengths of the IMechE that are argued still give it a relevance in the 21st Century, thereby answering the question: ‘2020: Does the IMechE have a clear vision?’. Talk to start at 6:30pm with refreshments from 6pm.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Careers & education
    27 November 2019 14:00 to 16:00
    UWE Room 2Q48 - Bristol
    Want to enthuse children about engineering? Come and have a go at some fun, engaging design and make projects and find out how the activities can be used to inspire the next generation. and listen to a talk on STEM engagement. Create your own electric fan boats and vibrating brush monsters. Class packs will be available for attendees to conduct the activities in school.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    03 December 2019 17:00 to 20:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    Adrian Shooter will describe the Vintage Trains train operating company, and the history, facilities and workload of Tyseley depot. Followed by complementary hot buffet
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    12 December 2019 18:00 to 20:00
    *TBC
    Devon and Cornwall Area Committee meeting. Open to all, we welcome visitors of all interests and disciplines.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    08 January 2020 17:00 to 19:30
    Davidson House - Reading
    Dr Peter Hubbard explains his research at Loughborough University and what he thinks the future could look like. Joint event with PWI
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    14 January 2020 18:00 to 20:00
    *TBC
    Devon and Cornwall Area Committee meeting. Open to all, we welcome visitors of all interests and disciplines.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Careers & education
    05 February 2020 16:00 to 19:00
    Cardiff University School of Engineering - Cardiff
    16.00 career fayre, 17.30 lecture Railway industry employers’ careers fayre followed by lecture on the innovative electrification project for the Cardiff Valleys rail network.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    12 February 2020 18:00 to 20:00
    *TBC
    Devon and Cornwall Area Committee meeting. Open to all, we welcome visitors of all interests and disciplines.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    18 February 2020 17:00 to 19:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    David Clarke of RIA having reviewed the current scene will explain the case for everything from 25kV continuous electrification to self-powered electric trains. Joint event with IET
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Competition event
    03 March 2020 17:00 to 19:00
    5th Floor Milford House - Swindon
    Aspiring young engineers describe the technical challenges they have addressed in a presentation competition with monetary prizes and the chance to progress to the national final at Birdcage Walk.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    12 March 2020 18:00 to 20:00
    *TBC
    Devon and Cornwall Area Committee meeting. Open to all, we welcome visitors of all interests and disciplines.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    07 April 2020 18:00 to 20:00
    *TBC
    Devon and Cornwall Area Committee meeting. Open to all, we welcome visitors of all interests and disciplines.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    28 April 2020 17:00 to 19:00
    5th Floor Milford House - Swindon
    AGM of the Railway Division South Western Centre. Followed by symposium where David Shirres will explain the scope and limitations of hydrogen trains and Angel Trains will be talking about the case for battery hybrid technology, then the audience will have their chance to debate the issues.
    Industry: Railway
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