CAETS Announces 2021 Communications Prizes
The CAETS Communication Prizes, initiated this year, recognize effective audiovisual communication to a general audience of how applied technology and engineering has been or can be used to address a real-world problem, and the resulting benefits to the economy or society. Nominees are selected by CAETS member academies and submitted to an international judging panel who selects the winners in each category. 2021 winners are cited below.
2021 Engineering Success Story – Professor Jing Cheng, nominated by the Chinese Academy of Engineering
The Engineering Success Story Prize recognizes outstanding audiovisual communication of excellence and innovation in engineering or technological sciences and is open to fellows of CAETS member academies. The inaugural prize goes to Professor Jing Cheng of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. His description of the Fully Integrated Chip Laboratory System for SARS-CoV-2 Nucleic Acid Detection is an inspiring and clear example of public-private partnering, knowledge transfer from academia to a company, and successful deployment to tackle a major societal problem. You can see the video here.
2021 High Potential Innovation – Mr. Kaz Vermeer, nominated by the Netherlands Academy of Technology and Innovation
The High Potential Innovation Prize is intended to show an engineering breakthrough that has the potential to change the world for the better. The inaugural prize goes to Mr. Kaz Vermeer of the Netherlands. Mr Vermeer’s video describes the problem of predicting crop yields early so distributors can forecast the availability of produce, thereby avoiding considerable wastage. Mr. Vermeer’s system is already – within 1 year of being developed – being used by 40% of broccoli growers in the Netherlands and is being expanded to other countries. You can see the video here.
CAETS 2021 Registration is Available
The Future of Energy – Engineering a Better World. The National Academy of Engineering of Argentina organized this technical symposium, which will be held as a virtual event and is open to public audiences. Session topics include: Energy Demand – New Trends; Future of Nuclear Energy; Renewables; Oil and Gas; Education on Engineering. The current program is available here. Additional information about the program and registration is available here.
CAETS Releases 2020 Energy Committee Report
Solutions for High-Level Penetration of Intermittent Renewable Electricity: This report juxtaposes the contributing academies’ views on development of new technologies to offset renewable energy intermittency and respective policy approaches to sustain growth in renewables generation, distribution, storage and implementation. The full report is available here.
CAETS Announces Annual Communications Prizes
CAETS member academies are committed to fostering better communications of policy, educational initiatives, and the importance of engineering and technological sciences in society. The CAETS Council endorsed establishment of two CAETS Communication Prizes, to be awarded annually, that encourage scientists and engineers around the world to effectively communicate in a simple and engaging manner with general audiences, with a focus on young people and students. Awards will be based on a video competition among CAETS member academies globally. Videos will have the dual aim of 1) inspiring students to follow careers in engineering and technological sciences, and 2) educating the general public on the impact that engineering and technological sciences have in their lives and future.
CAETS 2021 Upcoming: The Future of Energy
CAETS 2021 will be hosted by the Argentine National Academy of Engineering in Buenos Aires from September 20 to 24, 2021. Additional information may be found here.
CAETS 2020 Statement: Smart Society
“Smart society, in which data-driven decisions, by both leaders and citizens, continually improve economic prosperity, social well-being, sustainability, and governance, is already emerging all around us….CAETS 2020 concluded that engineers world-wide and the general public can be the heroes who meet and overcome the serious challenges lying ahead. Sustainable development of smart societies cannot be just technology-driven, but also human-driven, and must be based upon values of inclusion, diversity, and openness.”CAETS 2020 Statement
The Irish Academy of Engineering Joins CAETS
The CAETS Council elected the Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE) into membership during its annual meeting on 15 October 2020. Tuula Teeri, President of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and Past-President of CAETS said “a warm welcome to our newest member, we are looking forward to an inspiring collaboration with you within our network!” IAE joins 30 other academies of engineering distributed across six continents.
CAETS 2020: Engineering a Better World – Smart Society
CAETS 2020 annual meetings were hosted by the National Academy of Engineering of Korea from 12-15 October 2020. The technical symposium focused on opportunities and challenges of the Smart Society. Program sessions included Smart Energy Network, Hyper-connected Life, Education for Smart Society, and Climate Change Issues & Challenges in Urban Environment. Taped session content may be found here.
Recently Published: 2018 CAETS Energy Committee Report
This report juxtaposes the contributing academies’ views on an all-electric society comparing the countries’ approaches to generate, distribute and store electricity.
CAETS Elects New Members
During the 2019 Annual Council Meeting on June 27, CAETS elected three new members: New Zealand’s Royal Society Te Aparangi, the Nigerian Academy of Engineering, and the Academy of Engineering Sciences of Serbia. CAETS membership now spans 30 countries distributed across six continents of the world.
CAETS 2019: Engineering a better world – the next 100 years
The 2019 CAETS Statement on Engineering a Better World can be found here.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) hosted the CAETS annual meetings and technical conference in Stockholm, Sweden from June 24th through the 28th. Personal reflections by Tuula Teeri, IVA’s President, as well as a summary of conference highlights are available here.