Treasurer of Victoria Tim Pallas, World Federation of Engineering Organizations President Marlene Kanga and Engineers Australia President Trish White have welcomed engineers from across the globe to Melbourne on day one of World Engineers Convention (WEC) at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Held every four years, and for the first time in Australia, the “Olympics of engineering” is a unique opportunity for engineers to advance their technical knowledge, network and to tackle many of the big questions facing the world.
Under the banner Engineering a Sustainable World: The Next 100 Years,the program features six themes aligning to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which address many global challenges including poverty, inequality and climate action.
With 500 speakers and participants from over 70 countries, the cutting-edge technologies and processes shared at WEC will inspire and inform the engineering profession worldwide.
The world’s longest LEGO bridge will be on display and the WEC STEM program will inspire future engineers with content for primary, high school and university students.
Quotes attributable to World Federation of Engineering Organizations President Marlene Kanga:
“Experts from every region will present the latest innovative and human centric technologies for better living, solutions for climate change mitigation and diversity and inclusion, proposals for capacity building especially for young engineers and on governance and leadership.”
“I hope that this event will lead to discovery and inspiration and perhaps a Eureka moment. The collaborative approach among the international experts that are here in Melbourne this week will, I am sure, be a powerful catalyst to develop the best solutions that the world needs”
Quotes attributable to Engineers Australia President Trish White:
“Modern engineering practice is driving uptake of innovative technologies applied with a fresh human lens to the grand challenges of our nations, our economies, our people, and our planet.
“Tapping in to the global expertise of this conference will help engineers lead with better solutions for sustainable energy provision, making our cities function more effectively, improving human health and more.”
To view the WEC technical program visit: wec2019.org.au/wec-technical-program/