Engineering is a fascinating profession involved in the design and manufacture of almost everything you can see: from microchips to motorways, from aeroplanes to artificial hips. But for over 20 years, the UK has been suffering from a shortage of engineers.
National Science Week at the University of Cambridge draws to a close this weekend. On Saturday 24 March, 2001 there will be huge array of activities and events with something for every age. Here are just a few of the highlights, for a full programme visit our National Science Weekwebsite.
It's hard to cast one of Cambridge's most enduring stereotypes, the eccentric genius, as war hero. But in fact it was this very brand of academic brilliance that brought the Second World War to an early conclusion, saving perhaps millions of lives, and preventing a nuclear strike on Germany.
Science has a central role in the modern world - in helping us understand risks like global warming and in developing the technologies which underpin our economy. But who should make the decisions about the science we can practise and the technologies we can use - politicians, religious leaders, business people or the scientists themselves? On Wednesday 21 March, the University will be staging a mid-week debate, with a panel of experts from a range of scientific backgrounds.
Later this month Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, the Secretary-General of Nato, will give a Cambridge European Trust lecture. The lecture will be held on 23 March 2001 at 12.30 pm at Goldsmiths' Hall in London - transport will be available for staff and students who wish to attend (for further details please contact Julie Durrant by email - firstname.lastname@example.org).