Welcome to the Western Region

During the COVID-19 Lockdown period many of the usual events have been either postponed or cancelled.  We hope to establish a series of virtual events within the Region and signpost those organised by HQ IMechE.  Indeed the move to virtual events by many regions potentially opens up opportunities to participate in more events.

Western Region proudly share many of their events with other Professional Engineering Institutions including Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), Institute of Physics (IoP), Nuclear Institute (NI), West of England Metals and Materials Association (WEMMA) and many more

The Region covers the six Areas listed below:

  1. Bath & Bristol
  2. Devon & Cornwall
  3. Devon & Somerset
  4. Gloucester
  5. Swindon
  6. Channel Islands
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 (Bath & 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.

With the resumption of a full service, post COVID, we expect to re-instate the monthly newsletter summarising events.  This is followed up by a targeted email advertising each event about 2 weeks before it happens. 

Johnathan Milsom - Western Chair
Monika Heaton - Western Secretary

 

Join the Committee

Committees are Regional and Area level are always looking for volunteers to deliver the exciting programme and services that our members deserve.  The commitment can be as little or as much as your circumstances allow over time so please get involved.  The Regional Committee meets once a quarter and Areas tend to meet once a month.

Committee membership is a great way to improve your networking, demonstrate a commitment to the profession and contribute to your Continuous Professional Development now required to sustain professional registration.

Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    03 December 2020 18:00 to 20:00
    Zoom Online Meeting Platform
    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
    08 December 2020 19:00 to 21:00
    On Line Event - On Line Event
    PLEASE BOOK USING THE EVENTBRITE LINK BELOW: ON-LINE THIS YEAR. Join us for our annual family-friendly evening of fun, facts and physics about how our star creates and controls the giant bubble of plasma that surrounds the whole Solar System and influemnces the planets within. This will be fun for the kids and includes some interasction you can follow-along with at home.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    15 December 2020 17:30 to 19:00
    VIRTUAL LECTURE
    This event is a webinar and registration is essential - joining instructions will be sent to you. Graham Nicholas will update us on the progress of this innovative project to construct a brand new LNER design P2 locomotive. The team that successfully built the A2 go one step further.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    18 December 2020 10:00 to 15:00
    Virtual
    At this challenging time, we are keen to support our members in any way we can. For our members who are actively seeking to become professionally registered as a Chartered, Incorporated or EngTech member or as a Fellow, we are now offering free online events and support.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    06 January 2021 17:45 to 19:30
    VIRTUAL LECTURE
    Matthew will describe the history of railways in the Auckland area from their inception in the 19th century to the present day resurgence with the construction of the new cross-city link. The talk will outline the technical track standards used in the design of the route and the obstacles encountered, together with the interfaces with new rolling stock, electrification and signalling systems.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    07 January 2021 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: Professional development event
    15 January 2021 10:00 to 15:00
    Virtual
    At this challenging time, we are keen to support our members in any way we can. For our members who are actively seeking to become professionally registered as a Chartered, Incorporated or EngTech member or as a Fellow, we are now offering free online events and support.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Workshop
    27 January 2021 19:00 to 20:00
    VIRTUAL EVENT
    Help inspire and enthuse children about STEM. This UWE funded event consists of an on-line practical workshop for adults in which participants will construct a vibrating brush monster, balloon buggy and Cartesian diver. Materials will be sent out to participants in advance. If you have a child (about 7-13 years old) you are welcome to build the models together. Some class packs of materials are available to those who wish to run an activity in school.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    03 February 2021 17:30 to 19:00
    VIRTUAL LECTURE
    It is hoped to hold a virtual railway industry careers fayre (commencing 16.00) followed by lecture (commencing 17.30) on GWR depot strategy
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    23 February 2021 17:30 to 19:00
    *TBC
    David Shirres will present his considered take on the future direction for on-board power for trains and locomotives.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Competition event
    16 March 2021 17:30 to 19:00
    *TBC
    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: Technical lecture
    20 April 2021 17:30 to 19:00
    *TBC
    AGM of SW Centre Railway Division, followed by symposium on future on board power
    Industry: Railway
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