I was very proud to ‘host’ the inaugural President’s Conference at 4HP on 22 October on the theme of ‘Aerospace Technology — the Road Ahead’ (see report on pp 26-29). This is obviously a topic close to my heart and we received excellent presentations covering industrial strategy, globalisation, funding and organisational opportunities and the resulting implications on factors such as the skills supply. The questions raised, the discussions during the breaks and the feedback show that the conference was well appreciated by the attendees. For me, the whole conference epitomised what we do well in the Society in facilitating constructive debate between key stakeholders on key issues.
In early November, I spent a very interesting, albeit hypothermic, day at RAF Waddington at the RAF Familiarisation Day. It was good to learn about many different aspects of the RAF and their plans for the future. My husband Paul and I also enjoyed a brief visit to the Highland Branch and RAF Lossiemouth during a break in Scotland, with a close-up view of a Tornado GR4 being prepared for return to Afghanistan.
Finally, I wanted to mention an excellent evening held on 5 November — the Rolls-Royce Science Prize Dinner. The Science Prizes recognise the outstanding performance of teachers who inspire young people of all ages to get engaged with science. Teachers are key enablers in priming the pipeline of young people coming into our industry. I was really pleased to see their hard work and
enthusiasm being rewarded.