The IET Innovation Awards 2016 (image)

16 November 2016 | The Brewery, London, UK




Rob Bell (photo)  

Rob Bell - 2016 ceremony host

"I’m very lucky through my television work to gain access to some of the world’s modern technological achievements as well as icons from the past.

"But it’s the engineers I get to meet that fascinate and inspire me the most; creativity, can-do attitude and a humble desire to simply make things better are the common traits I so often discover.

"The lack of awareness in the UK amongst young, would-be engineers about the range of exciting technological roles that exist across so many industries concerns me.

"It’s a range of roles and possibilities that expands day-by-day because of members of organisations like the IET - sharing discoveries and successes, inspiring and connecting with each other around the globe - and something I’m looking forward to speaking with people about at this year’s Awards Ceremony.

"I’m delighted to be hosting this year’s event and have a hunch I’ll come away inspired again by the achievements of the last 12 months.

"I often describe myself as a sucker for punishment – and one thing I learned from running seven marathons in seven days is the importance of perseverance. The same goes for innovation, and it’s humbling to see that there are so many people in the engineering and technology world trying over and over to perfect their new ideas.

"I love finding out how stuff works and going back to my roots as an engineer. I’m really looking forward to seeing all the great innovations at the IET Innovation Awards. Good luck with preparing your entries!"



In January 2015, Rob became one of very few people to have ever successfully run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days. He’s a sucker for punishment and regularly puts his body to the test. He’s raced marathons (very quickly), triathlons, the Ironman, long-distance open water swims and is always on the lookout for his next challenge.

His 7 marathons adventure was televised in a 2-part series for Travel Channel in April 2015 – ‘Monster Marathon Challenge’. The same broadcaster followed Rob in 2013 on another global pursuit for the 6-part series ‘Man v World’ – in which he undertook various point-to-point journeys using almost 30 different modes of transport with one overriding rule: No engines allowed.

Rob graduated from the University of Bath with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering with French and through his TV work is now on a journey of rediscovering his love for science and engineering. Be it man-made, natural, historical, futuristic, big or small – he loves finding out how stuff works. He actively champions STEM subjects (Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths) and is passionate about raising their profile amongst school kids.

He first appeared on our screens in 2012 presenting the hit BBC Two series ‘Engineering Giants’. Since then, Rob has hosted further factual documentaries for BBC One, BBC Four, Travel Channel, Quest and most recently a 6-part series for Channel 5 called ‘Underground Britain’ where he travelled the length and breadth of the country exploring the forgotten world hidden beneath our feet.

Rob’s engineering background has also been sought for corporate films with companies including BMW, BAE Systems, British Airways, Shell, Kongsberg, HS2 and the National Grid.


Book your place


Finalist tickets (FIA)

Early bird fees
(until 24 October 2016)

Standard fee
(from 25 October 2016)

1 ticket



Half table of 5



Table of 10



Table of 12




Standard tickets (IIA)

Standard fee

1 ticket


Half table of 5


Table of 10


Table of 12



The IET Innovation Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday 16 November at the Brewery in London.

You will be welcomed with a drinks reception for all guests where you will have the chance to visit the Discover Innovation Shortlist Showcase.

You’ll enjoy a fantastic three course meal and be right in the heart of the awards as winners are announced on the night.


Discover Innovation Shortlist Showcase

We offer our guests the opportunity to interact with some of our finalists and their innovations in a dedicated showcase during the evening of the Awards Ceremony.

Always very popular with guests and finalists, it brings you face to face to see first-hand the wonderful and exciting entries we are lucky enough to receive and to understand from the innovators themselves just what it takes to be shortlisted for an IET Innovation Award.