Engineering for Social Change
to be hosted by UCL, London, UK
Dates: 9-11 July, 2024
Location: UCL East Campus, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London UK
With the world facing intense challenges socially, politically, environmentally what is the role of engineering to help steer communities to safer havens? Engineering is the bedrock of modern society but how can we ensure engineers work not just to delivering effectively on private sector projects, but also more widely for society and the environment?
The theme of TE2024 is Engineering for Social Change. We want to explore how engineering design and manufacturing processes – whether they are digital twins or systems models, new innovations, or the use of machine learning – can be turned towards a wider good? How can product design be better, not just for the business wanting to make a new, better version, but also for wider society and for the environment more generally? How can systems approaches address these challenges and what are the ethical, philosophical and justice considerations hidden in them? What is the role of the engineer in this? How do we train or educate engineers to see the opportunities for inclusive design, sustainable construction, or ethical manufacturing? What skills, analytic approaches, design, or collaboration practices are effective? What challenges are encountered in working across boundaries – between academia and industry and across disciplines, especially with the social sciences?
We invite engineering researchers, educators and industry practitioners, and researchers of engineers and engineering, to submit abstracts or propose workshops addressing these questions or related issues in transdisciplinary engineering.
The submissions portal will open on the 15th November 2023 with a deadline of 31st January 2024.
For more details and to submit an abstract or workshop proposal, visit www.TE2024.org.uk
The call for papers is available below.