Help us find #DifferenceMakers near you

These are people who, either through their research, profession or aspiration, are using engineering solutions to solve global challenges. They could be practising engineers inventing from their workplace or their shed, or community projects responding to local issues. They could be researchers at the forefront of innovation or even campaigners who are helping to change the world through their activism.

If this sounds like you or someone you know – please get in touch.

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What happens next?

We’re connecting with people ‘outside the engineering bubble’, specifically young people who want to make a difference by working to ensure our world is more sustainable. Our campaign will be deliberately un-corporate, ensuring we engage with our audience using similar authentic voices. We’ll reach them through these stories of #DifferenceMakers – who will be interviewed by young future influencers, chosen as part of a competition launching in early 2021.

Our aim is to establish a community of young #DifferenceMakers who will pledge to make some changes in their everyday lives – however great or small; inspiring others and developing a long-term relationship with us as they continue their education and ultimately make their career choice.

We will also celebrate existing #DifferenceMakers of all ages, from the young and upcoming to the most honoured and respected in our field, with the narrative underpinning all our  corporate activities internationally throughout the anniversary year.

Professor Danielle George, IET President, said: "Although the world has changed since the Victorian times, one thing that still connects us with our history is that engineers continue to solve many of the challenges facing communities across the globe – making an ongoing difference to the world around us. Just as in Victorian times, society today still depends on the skills and innovation of engineers and technologists to improve our world and make it more sustainable.

“Our 150th anniversary gives us a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our rich history. We want to use it to engage and inspire young people so that engineering and technology are seen as a force for good and key to solving many of the biggest challenges facing our world. This seems particularly relevant with the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, where we know that there are engineers and innovators making a real difference.”