The Commonwealth Young Professionals' Millennium Conference, to be held on Commonwealth Day in March 2000, is being backed by the Commonwealth Engineers' Council and Commonwealth Secretariat. It will focus on engineers' role in combating poverty, with reference to international development initiatives highlighted in the UK Government white paper Eliminating world poverty. More information from Judith Berry on (0171) 222 7722.
Napier University PhD researcher Ian Hounsome has won the annual Young Engineers Paper competition with an entry on thermal effects on utility trench reinstatements. Other finalists were Paul Penman of Aberdeen City Council roads department, with a paper on the A90 road strategy study, and Dundee University student Iain Leheny, who submitted work on finite element analysis as a predictive tool for eye surgery.