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Active engineers

Here we are, half way through the summer holidays (or at the end of them if you are in Scotland) and, apart from those times when we are on holiday ourselves, it is a very productive time of year. No traffic jams getting into work and a tendency for people to leave each other alone to get on with whatever it is that needs to be got on with.

However, 'productivity' is something that comes in different forms. Uninterrupted, office-based heads down work can undoubtedly be very productive. But getting out and learning about new techniques and technologies can also improve an engineer's competency and efficiency.

This argument forms the basis of an article in our current (printed) issue looking at why engineers don't venture out more - and why this trend is starting to reverse as highly-targeted events are replacing some of the more traditional trade exhibitions.

The reason for mentioning it now, even while we are all enjoying being quietly productive, is that a couple of these new events take place in the not too distant future. One is our own Electronics and Embedded Design Shows. Part of their appeal comes from the conference and workshop programmes that have recently been announced, which offer insights into the electronics sector and more technical presentations respectively. These take place in October and registration for places (which is free) can now be done on the websites - and

Even before that (9 September 2014) is an event in Manchester that has established its credentials by matching tightly focussed content with an audience of relevant engineers. The RF & Wireless/LED Lighting Design Forum is based on a formula honed over the last few years in Oxfordshire and which the organisers are now taking north. A single-stream technical conference is supplemented by topic specific exhibitors. Again this is free if you meet the entry criteria (i.e. a relevant engineer), for more information go to

So if one of your jobs, while everything is quiet, is to plan activities for the coming months, here are a couple of events for the diary to get you started.

Tim Fryer

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