The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) is to become a patron of engineering charity RedR, following a long standing affiliation between the two bodies.
“Through IStructE’s involvement, RedR will have the opportunity to communicate directly with an audience who appreciates the importance of engineering in disaster relief,” said RedR chief executive Martin McCann. “Access to the Institution’s considerable pool of knowledge and expertise could also add real value to RedR’s operations, in particular our online Technical Support Service for aid workers. Members who are interested in contributing, to help respond to technical queries from the field during an emergency or its aftermath, would be a welcome addition to our existing bank of experts.”
IStructE chief executive Martin Powell said the organisation would do everything it could to offer support in times of natural disaster and assist RedR’s humanitarian work. The partnership will be formally recognised early next year at St. James’s Palace in London.
RedR delivers vital training for relief workers and provides skilled professionals to humanitarian programmes around the world. This includes structural engineers who can deliver essential in-country training following major natural and man-made disasters.
In March last year, the Institution of Civil Engineers, Engineering Against Poverty and Engineering Without Borders signed an official Memorandum of Understanding with RedR to promote a collaborative approach to aiding communities in need. The ICE is also a patron of RedR.