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engineering biology: a priority for growth

Engineering biology (including synthetic biology) applies rigorous engineering principles to designing biological systems, with potentially ground-breaking applications across a host … read more

Professor Rod Smith on HS2

Professor Rod Smith FREng is Research Professor of Railway Engineering at Imperial College London and Chair of the Future Railway Research Centre. He was Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department for Transport from 2013 to 2015, and in 2011 he was President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Prof. Smith is a strong supporter of HS2. But on 30 June he will make a major presentation at the High Speed Rail in the UK Conference in Birmingham where he will describe his serious concerns about the way it’s been designed, arguing that it is a recipe for high costs, low capacity and slow speeds. read more

future cities

The combined pressures of a bigger and older population, a changing climate and the need for a low-carbon economy will determine the cities of the future. What must scientists, engineers, architects and planners do to make sure we stay cool, healthy, dry, fed and housed? Will we live, work and travel differently – and what technologies should we adopt? And is anyone ever going to invent a flying car? Four senior experts came to the SMC to give their reflections on the cities of the future, where the problems might arise, and what we need to do to ensure a sustainable future for citizens. read more

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