Engineering a sustainable post-pandemic future at the World Engineers Summit 2021

Left to Right: Prof Lim Kok Hwa, Dalson Chung, DPM Heng Swee Keat, Dr Richard Kwok, Prof Yeoh Lean Weng; image by IES

Singapore, 10 November 2021 – The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) is hosting the World Engineers Summit (WES) 2021 from 10 to 12 November 2021 at Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore under the theme ‘Engineering towards a Post-Pandemic Sustainable World’.

The fifth biennial conference provides a timely platform for engineers around the world to exchange ideas, knowledge and insights for the creation and development of innovative engineering solutions to support the world’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speech by DPM Heng; image by IES

Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies, Heng Swee Keat graced the event at the opening ceremony today as the guest-of-honour. For the next three days, experts will lead discussions on topics from race to net zero to technology-enabled food security. There will be four plenary speakers and a total of 67 papers and speakers along six topical tracks centred on the various themes as follows.

Track 1 – Sustainable Living through Technology, which covers low carbon economy, renewable energy, circular economy, climate change mitigation and urban planning.

Track 2 – Future Engineering and Industry 4.0, which covers Green manufacturing, food processing, infocomm technology infrastructure, modelling and advanced storage systems, in view of advancements in the fourth industrial revolution and automation of manufacturing using smart technology.

Track 3 – Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Digitalisation, which covers energy standards, sensor and data flow, as well as ethical issues with AI, in light of increased digitalisation due to the pandemic.

Track 4 – Sustainable Urban Mobility, which covers active mobility, electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles and sustainable railway as the world looks towards electrical modes of transportation to reduce carbon emissions.

Track 5 – Engineering Education, which covers technology-enhanced learning, accreditation frameworks and engineers and society to prepare our next generation of engineers for the fast-evolving technological landscape.

Track 6 – Impact of New Technologies on Productisation, Safety and Human Factors Practice, which covers standardisation, research and commercialisation, safety standards, design for safety and sustainability, design for inspection and human factors training.

The three-day event will also consist of site visits for participants to experience simulated process automation industrialisation and to understand energy dilemmas facing our world today.

Speech by Dr Richard Kwok, IES President; image IES

“This edition of WES holds special significance as it presents a unique opportunity for engineers from different countries to co-create novel solutions to lead the world out of the pandemic. Just like how previous conferences have spawned cross-border collaborations amongst engineers to address pressing global issues, WES 2021 will catalyse efforts in harnessing technological advancements to build a more sustainable and resilient future,” said Dr Richard Kwok, IES President.

“To quote Albert Einstein, ‘In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity’. For all the delegates, attending WES 2021 is an opportunity to rekindle friendships with fellow engineers and rediscover innovative engineering ideas. The conference will also strengthen the resolve to emerge from this COVID-19 crisis and forge ahead to a sustainable future,” said Professor Lim Kok Hwa, WES Organising Committee Conference Co-chair.

Speech by Dalson Chung, IES Deputy President and WES 2021 Organising Committee Co-chair; image by IES

“WES 2021 is happening at a critical moment when the world is in urgent need of new and innovative engineering solutions to emerge stronger from the pandemic and move towards a better and sustainable future. We hope that WES 2021 will facilitate discussions amongst engineers that will shed new light on and prompt actionable solutions to the most pressing existential challenges confronting us – and pave the way to a COVID and climate resilient Singapore,” said Dalson Chung, WES Organising Committee Conference Co-chair.

Since 2013, WES has advanced engineering-centric discussions focusing on global threats to drive action towards sustainable, climate-resilient and low carbon urban developments. It has led to various innovations and collaborative efforts amongst the global engineering community.

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