The art and practice of engineering is becoming increasingly complex and multidisciplinary. IESIS is the only Scottish engineering institution that welcomes members from all sectors of professional engineering, as well as those who are enthusiastic about engineering.

It provides a unique forum in which professional engineers and others can meet and discuss matters of common interest with their peers.

IESIS is a Scottish Charity, Number SC011583 and a Company Limited by Guarantee, Number SC000358.


IESIS aims to serve society by:

  • providing a forum to debate and discuss engineering issues of key importance to the economy, with the wider public and with influencers,
  • supporting and encouraging best practice in engineering education and training at all levels,
  • promoting professional engineering as a career to young people,
  • celebrating engineering achievements and explaining the key role of engineering as fundamental to our quality of life,
  • providing high quality advice to government and all relevant bodies on matters of public policy that would benefit from an engineering perspective,
  • encouraging effective interchange between industry and higher education to maintain a dialogue on future developments in engineering.
  • Our activities include:

  • our lecture programme: We have gained a reputation for having excellent speakers on a wide range of engineering topics. Most meetings are open to the public;
  • the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame which celebrates great engineers ;
  • The IESIS Education Fund is used to support educational activities of all types
  • the work of the Profeng Group which promotes professional engineering to young people;
  • the work of the Energy Strategy Group, which is promoting the principle to politicians that a systems approach to energy planning in general and to electricity generation in particular is the way forward;
  • the James Watt Dinner - this prestigious dinner is one of the social highlights in the engineering calendar;
  • organising visits to sites and works of engineering interest (members only);
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