This is Engineering Day 2020

This is Engineering Day celebrates the work of engineers in the world around us. This year the theme is #BeTheDifference: a celebration of the engineering that shapes our world for the better, whether that’s by making our day to day lives easier or tackling some of our biggest global challenges.

From access to clean water and electricity, to technologies and transport that help us keep in touch with other people, engineers have made a difference to almost every aspect of our lives.


How technology is changing the way we communicate. Discover more about virtual reality, augmented reality, the evolution of communication technology, and how engineers will shape the future of how we communicate.

How to respond to a global health crisis. This year has been turbulent and has seen us face new problems that require quick solutions. Engineers have been at the forefront in providing new, fast, and safe ways to fight the COVID-19 crisis, from designing new ventilators and 3D printing PPE for healthcare workers, to creating apps to help distribute food.

How to become an engineer. Engineering is a varied career that solves problems in everything from medicine to music, sports cars to sustainable energy. There are apprenticeship and university routes into engineering, no matter your learning style.

Engineering and Sport. For This is Engineering Day 2020, learn more about how engineers make a difference in sport. From motorsport to the Paralympics, engineers help athletes perform at their best.

How to engineer a sustainable world. For This is Engineering Day 2020, learn more about how engineers make a difference to our environment and help build a sustainable future. Discover more about developments in green energy, going carbon neutral, and what smart cities could look like.

Please show your support on social media to help celebrate engineers and how they make a difference to our work and in the world using #BeTheDifference and tagging @ThisisEng.


This year we have announced our plans to create a new virtual museum: The Museum of Engineering Innovation. The museum celebrates the often-unseen engineering that is all around us. It serves to shine a spotlight on the engineers that are making a difference in our everyday lives. 


Last year, the Academy launched a public image library to counter negatively stereotyped imagery. The image library is free and provides diverse imagery to be used online and in publications to show the multiple sides and faces to engineering.


This is Engineering Day is part of Tomorrow's Engineers Week


For budding designers, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering has a Design the Trophy competition – download their app to design in 3D and create an iconic trophy that captures the essence, creativity, and wonder of engineering. The winner will receive a state-of-the-art laptop. For more details on entering, see here