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Commission needs urgent support


I would like to thank NCE for its coverage of the new Presidential Commission into society's expectations of the engineer in the 21st century and the actions needed to meet the UN millennium goals.

We are putting together the work programme, assembling the commission and an international advisory board. It is a challenging task and we need your contributions. You can do so by e-mailing us at or by writing to us at 'Engineering without Frontiers', SISTech, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS.

Preliminary findings will be reported at the ICE annual conference in July with a full presentation to Council by the end of 2004.

An implementation and action plan will then be developed by the end of 2005.

The NCE article referred to the commission's budget of £27,500. In fact, this will only cover the first eight months.

The successful achievement of the commission's goals will require partnership with other organisations and it is our intention to seek additional sponsorship of around £60,000.

I appeal for your assistance in this activity to draw your organisation into the work, or identify key contacts in other organisations who we might approach. We need your support to have a real chance of success.

Paul Jowitt, p. w. jowitt@hw. ac. uk

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