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Mildner Lecture and Research Poster Day

Friday 25th June 2010.
When Jun 25, 2010
from 02:00 PM to 06:00 PM
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This year marks the 125th anniversary of the department for which the celebrations will coincide with the bi-annual Mildner Lecture and the annual Research Poster day, which will take place on the 25th June 2010. This year the lecture will be given by Lord Broers FREng FRS with the title "Engineering, Science and the Economy

Lord Broers is a pioneer of nanotechnology, who fabricated the first man made devices with nanometre dimensions during his nineteen year period at IBM, where he eventually held responsibility for the advanced development of IBM’s microchips. In 1984 made the transition to academia, where he extended the technology of miniaturisation to the atomic scale. He subsequently became Head of the Department of Engineering, Master of Churchill College and Vice-Chancellor of the University. He became President of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2000 and a Cross-bench Member of the House of Lords in 2004. He chaired the Lord’s Science and Technology Committee from 2004 until 2007 and is presently a member of the Committee. He is Chairman of the Board of the Diamond Light Source, Chairman of The BioNano Centre, Fellow of the National Academies of Engineering of the USA, China and Australia, a member of the Bosch Group International Advisory Committee, and a Trustee of the British Museum and the American University of Sharjah.

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Abstract: Climbing out of the cavernous economic hole that we have stumbled into is going to require more than the usual combination of growth and inflation; even if we were to allow another 2008-style massive devaluation of the Pound. It is going to require engineering and science to provide both a genuine increase in GPD per person, through the restoration of competitiveness across the broad spectrum of our industry, and an increase in the efficiency of our public services, especially health, transport and energy. Even if these challenges are met, it will probable still be necessary to cut public expenditure, but hopefully by a tolerable amount. Without the increases in GDP and efficiency, public expenditure will have to be cut 25-30% with the inevitable pain and social discomfort. To bring public debt below 50% of GDP and the annual deficit below 4%, will require more than £200 billion per year, or more than ten times the sums discussed in the election campaign.

This lecture will examine the challenges facing engineers and scientists in the decades ahead if we are to achieve what will be necessary to repair our economy. The grand challenges for engineering identified by the US National Academy of Engineering, at the request of the US National Academy of Science, will be taken as a starting point.

Update: Full programme now available