The Engineers: Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

BBC Presenter Kevin Fong stands with Space Flight panellists David Parker from European Space Agency, NASA’s Adam Steltzner and ISRO’s Anuradha TK in front of the 700-strong audience in Imperial College Great Hall during The Engineers event in 2019.

Each summer, the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 holds an Albertopolis event in partnership with the BBC World Service bringing together three ground-breaking engineers and a public audience. 

Big Ideas has worked on this event on behalf of the Royal Commission since 2016 when a panel of civil engineers shared their experiences of the world’s most ambitious canals, tall buildings and bridges at the Victoria and Albert Museum.  

The Engineers takes place in a different setting each year with robotics at the Science Museum in 2017, genetic engineering at the Natural History Museum in 2018, space flight engineering at Imperial College in 2019, re-engineering for the pandemic in 2020 on zoom and in 2021 a return to the Victoria and Albert for engineering clean energy. 

The BBC records The Engineers and they are broadcast on TV and radio.  You can listen and view the BBC broadcasts here.

And see for the schools outreach project, Aspire to Engineer