EAST OF SCOTLAND association has demonstrated its commitment to forging links with the Czech Republic by setting out an ambitious action plan for the year ahead.
Following a successful trip to Prague last year (NCE 30 November 2000), the association has pledged to organise a number of events to improve expertise through knowledge exchange.
The highlights will be a heavy Czech presence at a major transportation conference in Edinburgh in September, with a similarly strong ICE presence at a Czech concrete repairs seminar to be held in the autumn.
The association also has plans to develop student exchange programs further and to initiate an exchange of young graduate engineers. Association chairman Alex Macauley has been set the task of drumming up support from employers.
The association's efforts are becoming internationally respected and have prompted a request for a similar visit from the Slovakian Institution of Civil Engineers.
The East of Scotland association is just one of many local associations that are building links with central and eastern European countries (see box).
For over ten years the local associations have been working to forge links with the emerging engineering organisations in central and eastern Europe. The ICE hopes to nurture overseas counterparts and forge bonds between UK and east European civil engineers.
Committee chairman Roger Milburn explained that the initiatives are an integral part of the ICE's learned society remit, and stressed that 'we are not just trying to recruit members'.