Civil engineers have two important reasons to engage the public in what we do.
Firstly, as well as inspiring school children and young people into this great career, we need to make sure parents, teachers and other influencers know about what we do and see civil engineering as an attractive career choice.
Secondly, we need to help the public understand the benefits of investing in long term infrastructure.
This will help address the public's concerns about the financial costs of national and local infrastructure projects as well as concerns over disruptions to their lives during the construction phase.
We can engage the public by communicating who we are, what we are trying to do and importantly, why we are doing it.
Our public engagement programme started in earnest in 2018 as we focused our two hundredth anniversary year on informing the public that civil engineers directly transform their lives, safeguard the future of our families and enjoy a fulfilling career.
Throughout the year ICE volunteers engaged with members of the public around the world who attended our events in their thousands.
They not only enjoyed themselves but also developed a new understanding of civil engineering and the world around them.
We haven't stopped there as we are continuing our work to spread the word about what we do as a profession and why it's so vitally important.
A common theme throughout our public engagement work is the more people we engage the better.
Ultimately, we want everyone to know more about civil engineering.
How you can help
Get in touch
If you would like to take part in any of the above activities and enthuse people about your profession then we would love to hear from you.
If you have a passion for your profession or project, you may be perfect to give a talk to a local community group.
If you're outside the UK, please contact your country representative or regional office.
If you'd like to be involved in ICE related traditional or social media, get in touch with the ICE Communications Team.