OVER 100 engineers from around Europe gathered in London last month to celebrate the 10th anniversary of professional network European Young Engineers (EYE).
Engineers from disciplines as diverse as chemical engineering and product design attended the three day event alongside civils.
EYE is a network of professionals and students 'sharing knowledge, fostering mobility and developing personal and professional skills'. Its main aim is to improve co-operation and understanding between young engineers across Europe.
This year's event also brought together presidents from member associations including the ICE and the Institution of Electrical Engineers.
'We learned over the course of the visit that although engineering technology is our business, people are the main industry assets so effective communication is very important, ' said EYE president Lisa Kelvey.
'It was really good to see so many types of engineers working together, seeing themselves as European engineers and wanting to be decision makers, ' added ICE president Douglas Oakervee.
The EYE congress included site visits to the Wembley Stadium and St Pancras Channel Tunnel Rail Link projects, as well as business development and communications workshops.
Kelvey, who represents the ICE in EYE, said the workshops highlighted the importance attatched by engineers to managing risk.
This year's conference, Managing people - engineering the business, brought together engineers from countries including Russia, Spain, and Italy.
But EYE secretary general Roger McLaughlin was keen that the membership spreads even wider next year: 'While EYE is very well represented in the old European Union, we are still looking for member organisations in the 10 accession countries. The motto for the next 10 years will be - go east'.
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