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I dreamed a dream

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After attending the 11th Mallet-Milne Lecture: Saving Lives in Earthquakes by Professor Robin Spence, I had a dream. I imagined us all standing together, as described by Mark Whitby (NCE last week), but inside the European Union.

Professor Spence said engineers from different countries should consolidate to reduce the earthquake death toll.

This applies not only to earthquakes, but to other issues our world such as global warming and sustainability. A pan-European organisation of engineers could increase public awareness and exert influence on European governments.

In my dream I saw adverts, sponsored by this powerful, rich organisation, showing what devastation poor design, poor materials and poor construction can cause following an earthquake.

The merging of organisations in different countries is difficult, but the solution proposed by Mark Whitby in his article could work on a European scale: sharing a library, knowledge and headed notepaper while maintaining the structures.

It would be wonderful to show that engineers in Europe can unite to achieve higher goals without any politicians being involved.

Yes, I have dreamed a dream.

Grzegorz Babiszewski, grze.hu@wp. pl

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