Professor Zi-Qiang Zhu received a personal invitation from the Royal Academy of Engineering to attend a parliamentary breakfast reception and panel discussion about the role of engineering in addressing the short- and longer-term challenges of securing a sustainable energy future. The reception, organised by the Royal Academy of Engineering, took place on November 2 in The Cholmondeley Room & Terrace in the Houses of Parliament, to mark National Engineering Day.

National Engineering Day aims to make the UK’s engineers and engineering more visible in order to broaden public perceptions of the relevance of engineering and encourage more young people to join the profession. Engineers play a vital role in addressing one of the biggest challenges facing the UK right now – the energy crisis – as well as the longer-term challenge of achieving a net zero economy. With demand already outstripping supply, and set to increase in the future, the discussions looked to examine how the profession can win the race to recruit more, and more diverse, engineers to improve outcomes for both people and planet.

Professor Zhu, who is a Research Chair at the Royal Academy, is pictured with Professor Joan Cordiner, Head of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Sheffield.

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