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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 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.

We need to engage the public far and wide; all our members have an important role to play here – 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.

Pitch 200 is a communication competition, that challenges civil engineers to explain their chosen engineering concept or project in an exciting and entertaining way.

Many of the ICE regions run regional heats of the competition.

The winner from each regional heat then competes at a grand finale event to be crowned the annual winner.

This is an exciting and fun way of engaging the public.

For inspiration, see videos of previous winning pitches on our YouTube channel.

The ICE website now includes a public facing '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.

Alternatively, you can write a blog post for the ICE Community Blog, where we showcase the rewarding and creative work civil engineers do around the world.

Social media extends our reach so much further.

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

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

All forms of media help get our message out there.

Again, it is the passion and expertise of our members that best engage the public.

Members may have the opportunity to represent the ICE through print, online, radio or TV outlets.

The ICE Communications Team manage these opportunities.

Should you be approached to represent ICE by a media outlet, please get in touch and the Communications Team will make sure you have all the background information and facts that you need.

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.