The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) kicked off the World Engineers Summit (WES) 2019 on ‘Engineering Future Cities – Harnessing and Managing Technologies to Improve Quality of Life’ today at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre. Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs, graced the Opening Ceremony as the guest-of-honour.
The world is at a critical turning point of urbanisation, with about 68 per cent of its population 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.
WES 2019 will feature six topical discussion tracks namely climate change: mitigation & adaptation, connectivity & mobility, sustainable energy, Industry 4.0 & beyond, water and sustainable environment and smart infrastructure.
In addition, for the first time, IES and The Institution of Professional Engineers, Japan, (IEPJ) have joined hands to organise a seventh track that will cover building smart energy and sustainable cities in Asia. His Excellency, Mr Jun Yamazaki, Ambassador of Japan to Singapore, also gave a speech as a guest speaker at the Opening Ceremony.
“WES 2019 will cover a multitude of interests and perspectives with the aim of creating greater momentum and spawning new collaborations amongst engineering communities around the world to engineer sustainable and liveable cities of tomorrow,” said Er. Prof Lim Kok Hwa, WES 2019 Conference Chair.