IESC Engineering Science leaders met in the University of Toronto from 25-26 June 2019 to discuss matters related to IESC. Two new potential partner institutions - University of Auckland and Cornell University were invited as observers and it is hoped that in the near future, they will join the present 7 institutions - KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Osaka University, University of Toronto, University of California Berkeley, National University of Singapore, University College of London, and The University of Queensland. Prof CM Wang was elected to be the Chairperson of ISEC for the next two years.

The leaders discussed short-term programmes (including research internships) and short courses for students and faculty members belonging to the Consortium. Joint and double degree programs were also discussed. The information on these new developments will be posted on the IESC webpage and these developments bodes well for all ESP students and staff.

The meeting also featured interesting talks from various engineering science leaders that include Introduction to Institute for Datability Science (by Genta Kawahara, Osaka University), Applied Science & Technology and Engineering Science at UC Berkeley (Daryl Chrzan, UCB), The NUS Experience with Multi-Disciplinary Design Projects (Anjam Khursheed, NUS), Modelling of Tough, Doubly Crosslinked, Single Network Hydrogel at the Interface between Science & Engineering (Leif Kari, KTH Sweden), Floating Solutions for Challenges facing Humanity (CM Wang, University of Queensland), Transdisciplinary Engineering Science - Person-Environment-Activity Research Laboratory (Nick Tyler, UCL), Bridging Engineering and Science through Design, Build and Test (Jason Foster of UoT). Engineering Science leaders got a treat to view the innovative UoT engineering science student projects (that include a machine to pack shuttlecocks, to check if the bagel is cooked). Also there was a Workshop: Engineering Science as a Discipline: Foundations, Pedagogy and New Directions that was facilitated by Lisa Romkey and Nikita Dawe from the University of Toronto.

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