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 and a special interest Railway Division South West Centre.

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: Professional development event
    30 May 2022 10:00 to 13:00
    Webinar
    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 or Incorporated Member, we are offering free online events and support. This 3 hour workshop has been designed to help you get started with your application form.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Incinerator Visit    Fully Booked
    Event Type: Technical visit
    01 June 2022 18:30 to 20:30
    Incinerator
    Gloucestershire’s new “Energy from Waste” facility is a key element of local waste management. Operational in 2019, it takes waste that would otherwise go to landfill and produces electricity. Its design and operation is of great interest to engineers. The 2-hour visit involves a presentation and a walking-tour of some of the facility. The walking tour takes in the Waste Reception Hall, Waste Bunker, and a view of the waste burning on the grate.
    Industry: Bulk materials handling
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    08 June 2022 18:00 to 20:00
    *TBC
    Devon and Cornwall Area Committee meeting. Open to all, we welcome visitors of all interests and disciplines. This meeting will take place both Virtually and Face-to-Face, location TBC
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    09 June 2022 18:00 to 19:00
    Microsoft Teams
    Explore how Cornwall's unique wave and wind resources bring opportunities to not only accelerate the transition to a green economy but to bring a wave of industry, innovation and supply chain opportunities to the county. Simply Blue will be overviewing the technology, opportunities for Cornwall, their projects and provide an opportunity for questions and answers.
    Industry: Renewable energy
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    14 June 2022 13:00 to 16 June 2022 15:00
    Webinar
    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 or Incorporated member, but do not meet the academic requirements, however can demonstrate this via their work based learning, we can offer a free Career Learning Assessment (CLA). Let us help you complete your CLA Stage 2 application in 2 x 2 hour workshops
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    22 June 2022 14:00 to 16:00
    Nicholson & Co Ltd - Malvern, Worcestershire
    Nicholson’s have always been at the forefront in the application of pneumatic and electro mechanical technology to the craft and science of pipe organ building so this is a chance to see how engineering and art come together to make fantastic music.
    Industry: Manufacturing
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    29 June 2022 18:00 to 19:00
    Online - Microsoft Teams
    Join us on the Bath & Bristol Young Members Panel Committee meeting to find out more about what we do in the area and get involved with the IMechE! We are a friendly bunch and our once monthly meetings help us decide what events to put on, ideas for bigger projects, and an opportunity to get to know people with similar interests in your area!
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    07 July 2022 18:00 to 20:00
    *TBC
    Devon and Cornwall Area Committee meeting. Open to all, we welcome visitors of all interests and disciplines. This meeting will take place both Virtually and Face-to-Face, location TBC
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    21 September 2022 19:00 to 20:15
    Webinar
    Fusion, a process involving forcing together positively-charged ions that ordinarily repel each other, is described as the ideal energy source because it is safe and the fuels inexhaustible. Tokamak Energy has a novel approach that aims for commercial fusion energy earlier than conventional approaches. Our expert speaker from there will address fusion physics, how the energy potentially could be generated, outline the novel approach, and give an indication of what we might expect in the future.
    Industry: Renewable energy
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