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Professor Joerg Steinbach Lecture



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Guest Lecture - Engineering: Interaction of R&D with societal development


Less than 15 years ago, the internet was in its infancy. Today this technology has become an integral part of our professional and private lives. The flow of information enabled by this technology is largely taken for granted by each of us. Yet the quality of individual life and of our society has changed dramatically by the presence of the internet.

This presentation provides evidence for the proposition that research and development pursued by natural scientists and engineers have an impact on societal development. Technological development is interrelated with life style and quality as both domains interact with one another.

This connectivity has consequences on how we should educate young engineers for the future and, in turn, has consequences on our professional accountability as engineers.

This lecture will explore the consequences of these interactions regarding the requirements for future engineering education offered by HE institutions. It will also reflect on the very specific consequences of chemical process safety research on the acceptance of industrial activities in urban neighbourhoods, as prevailing in Europe.


Professor Dr.-Ing. Jörg Steinbach is a chemical engineer and has been the President of the Technical University of Berlin since April 2010. He is due to receive an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from City University London in January 2014 in recognition for the outstanding level of distinction he has achieved in his career in both the chemical industry and in academia.

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6.30pm - 8.30pmWednesday 27th November 2013

Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre Tait Building City, University of London 10 Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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