World Engineers Summit 2019

27–30 August 2019 Left to Right: Er.

Tan Seng Chuan, WES 2019 Conference Advisor, Er.

Edwin Khew, Immediate Past President of IES, Er.

Dr Lee Bee Wah, IES Honorary Council Member, Er.

Prof Lim Kok Hwa, WES 2019 Conference Chairman, Dr Vivian Balakrishnian, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Prof Yeoh Lean Weng, President of IES, Dr Richard Kwok, Deputy President of IES and Mr Ong Eng Teck, IES Honorary Secretary Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs, addressing some 800 engineers, scientists, delegates and business leaders at the Opening Ceremony of the The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) kicked off the World Engineers Summit (WES) 2019 on 28 August 2019 at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs, graced the opening ceremony as the guest-of-honour.

About 68 per cent of the world’s population is expected to be living in urban areas by 2050.

In the face of such unprecedented growth, WES 2019 placed the spotlight on critical and escalating issues such as climate change, pollution and traffic congestion.

More than 800 international engineers from around the world have gathered to exchange knowledge, expertise and ideas in using and managing of technologies to build greater sustainability, liveability, economic security and climate resilience for cities.

Conference highlights included tracks on climate change: mitigation and adaptation; connectivity and mobility; sustainable energy; Industry 4.0 and beyond; water and sustainable environment; and smart infrastructure.

Additonally, there was an inaugural track on building sustainable cities in Asia, organised jointly by IES and Institution of Professional Engineers, Japan (IPEJ).

His Excellency, Jun Yamazaki, Ambassador of Japan to Singapore, also gave a speech as a guest speaker at the opening ceremony.

At a conference dinner on 29 August, winners of the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards 2019 received their awards from Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources and Ministry of Health.

The awards recognised projects that have contributed to engineering progress and enhancing the quality of life of Singaporeans.

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