Audience enjoying a prestige lecture at IET London: Savoy Place

Prestige Lecture Series

See the future of engineering for free

Highlights from the 2012 Prestige Lectures




Did you know?

Certificates of attendance are available to delegates of the prestige lectures.

Certificate of attendance (photo)


Attendees can request a certificate which they may use as evidence for their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) records.


If you would like a certificate please email in advance or ask at the registration desk when registering and you will be able to pick up the certificate after the lecture.

IET Prestige Lecture Series


Attending an IET Lecture is your opportunity to see the future of engineering. IET Lectures are free to attend and are a key highlight of the IET’s events calendar.

Showcasing the latest ideas and technologies, the ten lectures cover a range of engineering disciplines, ranging from general interest to the more technical.

The President of the IET begins his year in office with an inaugural lecture every October. Many of the lectures were established in memory of engineers who achieved exemplary and ground breaking work in their day.

The speakers invited to give IET Lectures are of that caliber – innovative, forward-thinking and at the top of their game.

Our 2012 videos are free to watch via, see the column on the right of this page to select which video you wish to watch.

Bernie Meyerson, IBM Fellow and Innovation vice-president (photo)

Turing Lecture

Beyond Silicon - cognition and much, much more

Bernie Meyerson

February 2014

Various venues

David MacKay (photo)

Clerk Maxwell Lecture

Climate, energy arithmetic, and 2050 pathways

David MacKay

6 March 2014

Royal Institution

Professor Richard Kitney (photo)

Kelvin Lecture


Richard Kitney

17 June 2014

Royal Institution

Silhoutte (photo)

Viscount Nuffield / Mensforth Lecture

 Advanced manufacturing in the defence industry

Nigel Whitehead

27 March 2014

University of Strathclyde

Nick McKeown (photo)

Appleton Lecture

 Software defined networks and the maturing of the Internet

 Sold out

 Nick McKeown

30 April 2014

Royal Institution

Andrew McNaughton (photo)

Sir Henry Royce Memorial Lecture

 Britain's Rail Future - User focussed, engineering led and technology driven

Andrew McNaughton

25 September 2014

Royal Institution

William Webb (photo)  

The IET President's Address

 William Webb

2 October 2014

Royal Institution

Silhoutte (photo)  

Young Professionals' Event

 Paul Newman

23 October 2014

Royal Institution

John O'Reilly (photo)

Mountbatten Memorial Lecture

 John O'Reilly

20 November 2014

Royal Institution

Tweeting during our Lectures

One of the latest additions to our lectures is the live tweeting that takes place. As a lecture attendee – it’s exciting to be a part of the online conversation during the evening. Also if you are not at the event, it’s really exciting to watch it unfold via Twitter!  If the event is also being streamed live on then Twitter makes an ideal companion to the streaming.

At IET Prestige Lectures we have tried to make tweeting and following the conversation as simple as possible. We have put together some top tips for successful tweeting from an IET lecture.


Prestige Lecture Series organisers

The Prestige Lecture Series is run by the IET Event Production and Services Department and overseen by the IET's Lecture Committee. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please contact us:

Tel: +44 (0)1438 765 670 / 765 652