Welcome to the Western Region

The Region covers the five Areas listed below:

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

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

  • Western Young Members (Bristol)
  • Devon & Cornwall Young Members
  • 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 Panels 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: Schools/Colleges/University Events
    26 January 2015 00:00 to 13 February 2015 00:00
    *TBC
    The IMechE is looking for young engineers to support Caroline Alliston of ‘Technology for Fun’ in delivering STEM activity workshops in secondary schools in the Bristol Area as a follow up to the celebrations. Three volunteers are required for each of the 2 x ½ day workshops being run over 3 weeks.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    04 February 2015 19:00 to 21:00
    Somerset College - Taunton
    Claire Pearce and Dr Natasha Stephen, from the Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre (PEMC) at Plymouth University, will demonstrate the relevance and use of electron microscopy in precision engineering, aerospace, defence and manufacturing businesses.
    Industry: Research & Development
  • Event Type: Technical Visit
    05 February 2015 17:00 to 18:00
    Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre - Plymouth
    THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED This event will introduce you to electron microscopy and how it is used in precision engineering, aerospace, defence and manufacturing businesses throughout the south west region.
    Industry: Materials
  • Event Type: Talk
    11 February 2015 19:00 to 21:00
    Messier-Bugatti-Dowty - Gloucester
    This lecture will explore the extraordinary sequence of events that led to the dramatic destruction of a plant that was perceived to be cutting-edge at the time. It will include a technical overview of the progression and causes of the accident, its aftermath and also look at what's happening on the site today.
    Industry: Nuclear Power
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    11 February 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: Committee Meeting
    12 February 2015 18:30 to 19:30
    The China House - Plymouth
    A monthly meeting held by the Devon and Cornwall Young Members Panel to discuss panel affairs and future events.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    18 February 2015 18:00 to 20:30
    Defence Academy, Swindon (01793 785615) - Swindon
    An evening of cyber security, concentrating on personal security, followed by free time to explore the equipment displays in the Defence Capability Centre
    Industry: Defence & Government Services
  • Event Type: Social Event
    19 February 2015 19:00 to 22:00
    Downstairs at The Brass Pig - Bristol
    Do you have a brain the size of a planet? Take on teams of other engineers in our challenging quiz to find out if you are the brainiest young engineer in the South West, or at least the smartest friends.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    24 February 2015 18:00 to 20:00
    University of Bristol - Bristol
    JOINT EVENT WITH I MECH E WESTERN REGION The Hitachi Super Express Train is the new generation of high speed trains which will operate on the Great Western Main Line after it is electrified. The train will be maintained at depots in Bristol and west London. The lecture will include aspects of the design, manufacture, operation and maintenance of the trains. After the lecture there is complementary pizza and beer
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    25 February 2015 19:00 to 21:00
    Lecture Theatre 004 - Exeter
    Lars Johanning is Associated Professor in Ocean Energy at Exeter University. He has been involved in research on hydrodynamic related topics for marine structures since 1997.
    Industry: Energy Environment & Sustainability
  • 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: 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: 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: Committee Meeting
    12 March 2015 18:30 to 19:30
    The China House - Plymouth
    A monthly meeting held by the Devon and Cornwall Young Members Panel to discuss panel affairs and future events.
    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 concirning The Last British Airliner, the BAe 146. Refreshmens available from 19:00.
    Industry: Aerospace
  • Event Type: Debate
    25 March 2015 19:00 to 21:30
    University of Bath - Bath
    Details to be announced.
    Industry: Automotive
  • 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
    TBC
    Industry: Medical Engineering
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