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IN THE SPOTLIGHT EWA MAŃKIEWICZ-CUDNY, President of the Federation of Scientific and Technical Associations FSNT-NOT, organiser of the World Engineering Day in Poland.


he World Federat ion of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) has come up with an initiative to hold an international engineering day to highlight the role of engineers and the importance of their work for society and the development of civilisation. The World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development will be celebrated annually beginning on March 4 this year. It was proposed because it refers to the day the organisation was established in 1968 by representatives of 50 national scientific and technical associations, including FSNT-NOT. It currently affiliates over 100 associations. This proposal met with enormous support from the engineering community during this year's World Engineers Convention in Melbourne in November (WEC), which gathered about 4,000 representatives of this profession from around the world. The Polish delegation numbered 28 members and was one of the largest and most active delegations. In November 2019 the 40th UNESCO General Conference adopted a resolution to hold the World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development on March 4 each year. World celebrations on this day will take place at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Engineering is an important part of modern life and is the basis of our health and well-being, social systems, culture, as well as the functioning of cities and economies. The goal of the World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development will be to provide an annual focal point to appreciate the importance of engineering in modern life and its central role in developing technologies

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necessary to fight climate change, as well as for the sustainable development of civilisation. It will have a significant impact on the lives of every inhabitant of the globe, enabling social and economic activities in every area of human activity, including culture and art, education and in many other fields such as research, medicine, information technologies, communication and energy. Everyone is invited to actively celebrate the World Engineering Day. WFEO has received around 100 letters of support from major international and national institutions and universities, representing 23 million engineers around the world. FSNT-NOT supports the WFEO initiative as well. It intends to actively participate in the World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development. I believe that Polish engineering, university, research and business institutes should be actively involved in organising events to promote their activities. In Poland, the celebration will be devoted to artificial intelligence and the contribution of Polish engineers to the development of world civilisation. Coordinated celebrations around the world are meant to inspire thousands of young people to become engineers. The day will be an opportunity to discuss challenges facing engineers, the importance of engineering in transformations in manufacturing, and to raise the level of public awareness of the importance of creativity and innovators in the life of societies. The event which will take place on March 4 at the Magna Auditorium of the Poznań University of Technology will be attended by Prof. Tomasz Łodygowski, Rector

of the Poznan University of Technology, Jadwiga Emilewicz, Minister of Economic Development, which has extended its patronage over the World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development, Ewa MańkiewiczCudny, President of FSNT-NOT, Prof. Tadeusz Słomka, Rector of the AGH University of Science and Technology, chairman of the Conference of Rectors of Polish Universities of Technology and Prof. Jerzy Barglik, President of the Academy of Engineering in Poland. A presentation about the Poznan University of Technology will be delivered by its Vice Rector, Prof. Teofil Jesionowski. Participants will also take part in the opening of an exhibition devoted to its achievements. I am sure that the World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development will help to raise the profile of engineering and technology, and the prestige of technology developers. The role that the engineer plays in improving the quality of life around the world, and in achieving the UN sustainable development goals, will be underscored. The day will also serve to promote the contribution of engineering and the engineering profession to modern life. Engineering and engineers play a key role in combating climate change and ensuring sustainable development. This is necessary to develop resilient infrastructure which will be able to withstand freak weather such as flash floods, cyclones and bushfires, especially in developing countries of Asia, Africa and in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) which are particularly at risk. There will be no progress without engineering creativity, which societies can use for their • joint benefit.

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