RUSHIN' AROUND: Politicians and engineers gathered at the Institution of Civil Engineers' annual House of Commons terrace reception last week.
ICE President Sir Joe Dwyer also hosted a visit to Parliament from an engineering delegation from Russia.
Dr Mikhail Lachinov (left), the ICE's Russian representative, and Professor Alexander Zabegayev, professor at Moscow State University (right), joined the reception. They were on a five day trip to discuss how Russian engineers could work more closely with the ICE. Both met more than 40 key politicians at the event, including transport minister John Spellar. Event sponsor Tom Cox MP highlighted politicians' desire to increase contact with the ICE and in particular to make better use of initiatives such as the NCE/ICE State of the Nation report card and ICE's Agenda for the Future. In all 200 people attended the event, which ICE president Sir Joe Dwyer used as a platform to call for more government recognition of civil engineers in the success of Britain's economy. Following Sir Joe Dwyer's meeting with Spellar at the House of Commons reception, the minister has agreed to visit the ICE within the next few weeks to discuss skill shortages in the profession.