The IET benefits from having around 100 Local Networks around the world, run by volunteers, that aim to inform and inspire non-engineers to perhaps take an interest or potentially choose it as a future career.

IET Local Networks highlight future challenges for society and look at the engineering and technology solutions to solve them. Or to put it another way they are looking at how engineering and technology will effect real people’s lives in the future.

This makes IET Local Networks not just an important part of the engineering community but also wider society. And what's more, the 1500 events around the world they organise every year are mostly free to attend for anyone - not just members of the organisation.

The Society Insights Blog attempts to summarise some of the key challenges identified by Local Networks at their events that society will face in the future such as energy supply, transportation, water and food resources and waste management (to name just a few).
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This month we feature two interesting subjects covered by IET Local Networks recently. How can transparency be improved in the sustainable use of natural resources that society demands and how cognitive intelligence is being used to replicate human behaviour in complex situations like war and diagnosis of cancer...

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Posted by Steve Benveniste on Aug 29, 2017 5:02 pm BST
This month it's all about space cameras, giant telescopes and intelligent farming. How did technology used for astronomy help to develop smartphone cameras? What does smart farming mean? And how does mapping technology help firefighters? Read this blogpost to find out! read more...
Posted by Steve Benveniste on Feb 9, 2017 11:25 am GMT
The IET Society Insights Blog summarises some of the key areas identified by Local Networks at their events that will have an impact on society now or in the future. This month we tackle the latest from the engineering community on trains, planes and power... read more...
Posted by Steve Benveniste on Nov 24, 2016 2:03 pm GMT
In this blogpost we focus on three areas that IET Local Networks have been discussing - Wearable technology, hybrid aircraft and brain modeling – and find out from the experts what impact these will have on our everyday lives now and in the future... read more...
Posted by Steve Benveniste on Sep 29, 2016 10:01 am BST
Local Networks have been covering a variety of hot topics over the last several months including IT security, technologies to improve mental health and drones. read more...
Posted by Steve Benveniste on Aug 3, 2016 10:12 am BST
Welcome to the second of our Society Insights series. In our first blogpost about this series we explained that the Society Insights series looks at the subjects IET Local Networks are bringing to the wider public's attention.

For our second Society Insights digest we look at three topics that IET Local Networks have been discussing – food engineeringflood risk management and the Internet of Things, which we feel will impact on the wider public now and in the coming years. What follows are a summary of what these talks discussed... read more...
Posted by Steve Benveniste on Jun 13, 2016 11:17 am BST
Did you know that the IET has four active Local Networks in Canada? Look out for the next issue of Member News (August 2016) that has updates on the activities of the Ottawa, Toronto, Canadian Prairies Group of Chartered Engineers (CPGCE) and the Western Canadian Group of Chartered Engineers (WCGCE) Networks. read more...
Posted by Steve Benveniste on May 13, 2016 3:02 pm BST
Recently it was my four year anniversary at the IET and it made me reflect on one of my favourite aspects of working here - getting to learn about exciting developments around engineering and technology that are yet to hit the mainstream news but will inevitably affect me and my family in the future. read more...
Posted by Steve Benveniste on Mar 22, 2016 11:03 am GMT
In a move to organise more international events, the Aerospace Technical and Professional Network (TPN) recently held its 2015 conference in Singapore. read more...
Posted by Steve Benveniste on Jul 15, 2015 9:36 am BST
Now that the 2013/14 IET Communities session has ended I have collated some of the best content that our Communities have created over the last year. Here is my top 10 but please feel free to add any others in the comments below: read more...
Posted by Steve Benveniste on Oct 2, 2014 2:29 pm BST

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Three great talks mentioned above.  As an avid watcher of BBC Countryfile, I was particularly interested in the Scotland SE talk.  
Really interesting topics. Great to hear more about some of the fantastic events our local networks produce!
I hope at some point in the future HAV are able to develop their portfolio to include an airship that will carry passengers, as I'd definitely be up for a flight.
Fascinating - especially interested in the issues around drones. It seems like the technology is suddenly about to become widespread, but that the policies and agreements that will help us regulate in this area are lagging way behind. We need to speed up or the genie will escape the bottle and we'll never get it back in or catch up with it!