EAST OF SCOTLAND association has demonstrated its commitment to forging links with the Czech Republic by setting out an ambitious action plan for the year ahead.
Following a successful trip to Prague last year, the association is to build up expertise through knowledge exchange.
The highlights will be a major Czech presence at a transportation conference in Edinburgh in September, with a similarly strong ICE contingent at a Czech concrete repairs seminar to be held in the autumn.
The association also plans to develop student and young graduate exchange programs. Association chairman Alex Macauley has been set the task of drumming up support from employers.
The initiative is becoming internationally respected and has prompted a request for a similar visit from the Slovakian Institution of Civil Engineers.
The East of Scotland association is just one of many local associations that are building links with central and eastern European countries (see box).
Committee chairman Roger Milburn explained that the initiatives are an integral part of the ICE's learned society remit, and stressed that 'we are not just trying to recruit members'.