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Tell the world what civil engineers do

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 an exciting and rewarding career in civil engineering, we need to make sure parents, teachers and other influencers know about what we do so they see civil engineering as an attractive career choice.

Secondly, we need to help the public understand the benefits of that civil engineering brings to society, and the advantages of long-term investment in infrastructure.

This will help address the public's concerns about the financial cost of local and national infrastructure projects, as well as explaining the long-term benefits of projects that cause 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, our 200th anniversary year. We focused on informing the public about how civil engineers directly transform their lives, safeguard the future of our families and enjoy a fulfilling career.

We haven't stopped there. We are continuing our work to spread the word about what we do as a profession and why it's so vitally important to society.

ICE volunteers continue to engage with members of the public around the world so that more and more people understand the benefit of what we do.

All our members have an important role to play in this – we can all talk more about what we do at work and how we directly make a difference to everyday life.

This can simply be through talking to your friends and neighbours.

However, you can go that little bit further by getting involved in one of ICE’s public engagement activities.

We've outlined our main programmes here, but other opportunities will come up in your local area.

Showcasing our best projects

One of the ways we use our website to engage and inform the public is through our'What is civil engineering' section.

We use these pages to inspire the public, not only through showcasing great feats of civil engineering, but also by telling the stories of our inspiring members.

We aim to show that civil engineering is a career that is open to all regardless of background.

We are keen to showcase as wide a range of our members as possible, showing the variety of roles available and allowing readers to find someone who they relate to.

A simple yet effective way to help us spread the word about civil engineering is through submitting your story for a What is Civil Engineering profile.

Email your ideas to the Communications Team.

Tell us about the projects you’ve worked on

The ICE Community Blog, is where we showcase the rewarding and creative work civil engineers do around the world.

We publish articles from a range of voices on an even wider range of topics. If you’d like to tell people about a project you’ve been working on, talk about an issue that’s important to you, or offer your thoughts on issues idea affecting civil engineers and the industry, you could write a blog post.

Get in touch with the Communications Team with your ideas.

Join the social conversation

Social media helps us to extend our reach beyond just the engineering community.

ICE's social media channels are followed by thousands of individuals, groups and companies.

By engaging with our LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts you help us spread the word even further and in return we can raise the profile of your posts.

Engineers in the media

Seeing engineers in the news talking about issues that affect them is an important way to engage the public and make them aware of how we’re improving their lives and tackling some of the challenges of our time, such as climate change.

The ICE is often approached by media outlets who want to hear from experts to about various topics such as flooding, energy and transport. From responses to government policy announcements to providing overviews on major project developments – ensuring the public are being given the right information is essential.

Should you be approached to represent ICE by a media outlet, please get in touch and the Press Office.

The Communications Team is continually building up its network of specialist spokespersons.

If you are interested in becoming a recognised media spokesperson, then please get in touch with us. If we agree that you’d be a suitable spokesperson we will ensure you are trained and understand how best to deal with the media and journalists. Being a spokesperson requires you to be competent and confident in talking about your specialist knowledge area and sometimes be available at relatively short-notice.

Get in touch

If you would like to take part in any of the above activities and excite people about your profession, then we would love to hear from you. Within the UK, you can contact your regional office.

If you're outside the UK, please contact your country representative or regional office.

If you'd like to be involved in ICE-related media and social media, get in touch with the ICE Communications Team.