CAETS is an independent nonpolitical, non-governmental, international organization of engineering and technological sciences academies, one member academy per country, that advances the following objectives:

  • Provide an independent nonpolitical and non-governmental international forum for enlightened dialog and communication of engineering and technological sciences;
  • Contribute to advancing engineering and technological sciences in order to promote economic growth, sustainable development, and societal well-being throughout the world;
  • Foster collaboration and the development of bi- and multilateral programs between the member academies;
  • Prepare science-based proposals in order to advise governments and international organizations on policy issues related to engineering and technology development;
  • Promote diversity and inclusion in the global engineering profession;
  • Promote ethics in engineering education, research and practice;
  • Contribute to continuous improvement and modernization of engineering education and practice internationally;
  • Foster a balanced public understanding of the applications of engineering and technology; and
  • Foster establishment of additional engineering academies in countries where none exist.

The first International Convocation of Academies of Engineering and similar institutions was held in 1978.  Slight changes were made in the title of subsequent convocations from 1980 to 1985.  In 1985 the name “Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS)” was agreed upon.  Upon incorporation in 2000, the name became the “International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences, Inc. (CAETS).”

Founding Academies that were involved in the 1978 convocation and subsequent convocations included: 

  • Australia:  Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering
  • Mexico:  Academy of Engineering
  • Sweden:  Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences
  • United Kingdom: Royal Academy of Engineering
  • United States: National Academy of Engineering

Collectively, these academies shaped the character of CAETS and supported its launch in 1985. Thereafter, new member academies were added through the election process.