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Sir Patrick Vallance to Launch IMechE 175 Anniversary Celebrations

Institution News Team

In celebration of the Institution’s 175th Anniversary, IMechE is honoured to host Sir Patrick Vallance for a special guest lecture at One Birdcage Walk.

We are delighted to announce Sir Patrick Vallance FRS FMedSci FRCP, the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, will give a special guest lecture in Birdcage Walk on 27 January 2022 to launch the celebrations of our 175th anniversary.

Sir Patrick, who is also Head of the Government Science and Engineering profession, will give a lecture entitled ‘Harnessing the power of engineering to solve global challenges.’

“At 175 years old our Institution is more relevant today than ever before” says IMechE CEO, Dr Alice Bunn, “we are therefore absolutely delighted and honoured that Sir Patrick Vallance will address us on the opportunities and global challenges that present engineering today, as we aspire to deliver our mission of improving the world through engineering for at least another 175 years.”

The event will take place in the Lecture Theatre at Birdcage Walk. However, should you not be able to attend in person you can join virtually via live stream. The lecture is free of charge and open to all.

To book your place in the lecture theatre or sign up for the live stream link, please visit the event page.

27 January 2022 marks 175 years since the foundation of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. This important anniversary represents an excellent opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our Institution and the huge contribution of mechanical engineering to society, whilst also inspiring a future generation of engineers. Our celebratory events and activity will focus on how engineers can continue to carry out our mission to ‘improve the world through engineering’, particularly in the areas of climate change, transport, education, and infectious disease control.

Find out more about IMechE 175:

•         Visit our IMechE 175 webpage.

•        Explore our IMechE 175 Events Schedule

•        Take a look at our IMechE 175 Anniversary Gallery

•        Discover our IMechE 175 Special Offers

Contact Us

For queries about our special guest lecture with Sir Patrick Vallance, please email


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