BRITAIN IS back at the centre of international engineering affairs following the readmission of the UK, in the shape of ICE, as a full member of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations at its two yearly conference in Russia last week.
ICE international director John Beck was in Moscow to make the case for the Institution to take up the role on behalf of British engineering, reversing the decision taken by Engineering Council in 1999 to withdraw.
WFEO represents about eight million engineers in more than 90 countries, and is regarded as an influential voice in promoting the profession across the world.
In a packed auditorium in Moscow's Town Hall, Beck told delegates that the ICE had always had an international orientation.
About 20% of its membership resides outside the UK and the ICE is represented in some 146 countries, he said.
The election of the ICE was well supported, with WFEO president Jose Medem welcoming the return of the UK 'to its rightful place at the international table'.