The measure of science: How to become an engineer

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Monday 17 September

The Conversation Room

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

Fifty years ago Martin Belshaw was nine. He knew what he wanted to do, just not what it was called. He chose subjects through school and at university to give him the most choices, which led to his long and illustrious career as an engineer. It’s a career that has taken him all over the world and given him many stories to tell. When he first arrived at the Institute of Measurement & Control, Martin signed a leather-bound book with a rainbow pattern, whose pages were full of engineering greats. In 2018, the UK is desperately short of engineers. Martin passionately believes we should take this on board to inspire those behind us; to solve this problem going forward and make the next generation of engineering greats.

The measure of science

‘The measure of science’ is a series of events in partnership with the Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC) as part of the Festival of Measurement. On 20 May 2019, the SI units will be redefined in terms of physical constants and the InstMC will be celebrating the importance of measurement in all areas of life in the lead up to this change. To find out more, please see

About the speaker

Martin Belshaw has over 35 years’ experience designing and managing process control systems, networks and systems integration projects in the energy sector. He has particular expertise in fault tolerant process controls, safety systems and control room re-instrumentation. A former technical director with international contracting and engineering company Semco Maritime, Martin is a chartered engineer and Vice President of the Institute of Measurement & Control (InstMC). He owns and runs his own consultancy company providing specialist engineering services to the automation & control industries, principally Concept, Feasibility and FEED Studies, ALE/AIM Operations, Obsolescence Reports, and Innovative Obsolescence Solutions.

Additionally, he is a member of the Engineering Accreditation Board, as an industrialist. He is a member of the InstMC Board of Trustees and is a partner in an innovative Edinburgh Techno Company (digital technology), a member of the IET's Engineering Policy Group Scotland (advisors to Holyrood & Stormont). Martin was involved in the Royal Academy of Engineering's working group investigating higher/degree apprenticeships and the implications of the EU referendum on engineering. He recently joined the Engineering Council team of Liason Officers. Finally, he is a Business Mentor, previously for Aventa Systems – Aberdeen, Air Control Energy – Aberdeen and presently Tetra technologies – Aberdeen.


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.

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