The Society holds regular discussions, generally over a meal. These discussions take the form of an introductory presentation followed by group discussions which are summarised to the gathering by rapporteurs. The topics are varied, usually introduced by an eminent speaker and discussions conducted under Chatham House rules.

The following most recent discussions can be viewed by clicking on the links below.


Christopher Price OBE BSc FREng FIMechE
15th March 2021, Virtual Performance and Discussion


Standards - The New Soft Power for Engineers

Dr Scott Steedman CBE FREng FICE
21st January 2021, Virtual Discussion


Ethical issues associated with the increasing use of AI and Autonomy

Professor Tony Gillespie
Professor Ali Hessami
25th November 2020, Virtual Discussion


How should the UK invest in its rail infrastructure to meet the demands on the next hundred years?

Sir Peter Hendy CBE
28th October 2020, Virtual Discussion


Richard Threlfall and Emma Pinchbeck
23rd September 2020, Virtual Discussion


Dame Sue Ion FREng FRS
4th June 2019, Institution of Civil Engineers