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As well as supporting our members to become qualified, we also encourage them to continue their professional development by providing a variety of civil engineering knowledge resources. These include industry-leading publications from ICE Publishing and tailored courses from ICE Training.

Our services are dedicated to supporting members too - whenever they need it. We give sound legal advice and practical guidance to resolve work-related disputes. ICE's Benevolent Fund also offers members and their families both support and development opportunities. This ranges from advice and guidance on personal and financial matters, to back-to-work schemes and training programmes.

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There are lots of ways to be a part of ICE's work. Sharing your expertise and lending a hand not only helps us, it helps you too. No-one ever stops learning, so we guarantee you'll learn more and gain new skills. You'll also meet people, influence people and be admired by people. Volunteering helps you to make new contacts and friends too.

Meet the committed engineers who run our panels

ICE members are behind so much of what we do and many actively lead our panels.

Panels do a range of work from producing best practice guides on various civil engineering topics to presenting ICE’s views on government infrastructure policy. They also give advice on Professional Reviews with prospective members, and help to agree and maintain standards.

Our expert panels are made up of members who lend their expertise to help shape ICE's outputs. Panels work across a range of different areas within the civil engineering industry.

To find out more about our panels' work, simply choose a panel below. As well as details about what the panel does, you can find information about individual members, and contact details for each panel.

ICE’s Knowledge Panels provide the learned society with insight and guidance across four key knowledge areas; Best Practice, Capacity Building, Innovation and Research and Networks and Events. The chairs from each panel also gather twice a year as members of the Learned Society Committee, chaired by the Vice President responsible for the learned society.

If you've got any questions, please contact rob.curd@ice.org.uk.

  • Best Practice

    Ed McCann

    Panel chair: Ed McCann - Expedition Engineering

    The Best Practice panel's role is to help stimulate the development and dissemnination of excellence in civil engineering.

    They do this by engaging with members to gather better practice in civil engineering and identify future global trends.

    Panel members seek to influence new national standards and specifications to take account of better practice and establish and maintain ICE's role as a leading international resource for best practice.

    If you've got a question for the panel, or would like more information please contact:

    e: bestpractice@ice.org.uk

  • Capacity Building

    Denise Bower, Chair of the Capacity Building panel

    Panel chair: Professor Denise Bower - Leeds University, Major Projects Association

    The panel's role is to improve the performance of civil engineering and civil engineers through clear succession and career planning guidance. They work with our other Expert Panels to prioritise key themes and activities.

    They do this by:

    • Describing the skills and attributes required of civil engineers at all stages of their career;
    • Ensuring that real and relevant lifelong learning is provided so that all civil engineers have access to the knowledge that their role requires;
    • Reviewing qualification frameworks and identify areas that will require development in the future; and
    • Encouraging a broad pool of talent to ensure a strong future supply of civil engineers that will underpin the success of the civil engineering profession

    If you've got a question for the panel, or would like more information, please contact:

    e: capacity@ice.org.uk

  • Innovation and Research

    Chris Rogers, Chair of the Innovation and Research panel

    Panel chair: Professor Chris Rogers – University of Birmingham

    The panel's role is to establish ICE as an international centre of knowledge on innovation and research in civil engineering. This is to help us take a lead in informing the innovation and research agenda for the profession.

    They are responsible for stimulating, encouraging and communicating innovation and research on all aspects of civil engineering aimed at improved effectiveness, competitiveness and improved quality of life.

    If you've got a question for the panel, or would like more information, please contact:

    e: research@ice.org.uk

  • Network and Events

    Neil Glover, Chair of the Network and Events panel

    Panel chair: Neil Glover

    The panel's role is to encourage the development of a vibrant global network of civil engineering events.

    They achieve this by ensuring ICE members have easy access to information about networks & events, raising the international profile of ICE through its events and working in partnership with other organisations to align events and encourage respective learned society panels/committees to work together.

    If you've got a question for the panel, or would like more information, please contact:

    e: networkandevents@ice.org.uk

Specialist Knowledge Societies

The Specialist Knowledge Societies are independent but closely affiliated membership bodies with interests in specialist areas of civil engineering. They maintain strong links to the institution and many ICE members are also members of a Specialist Knowledge Society.

These groups give members working in specialised fields of civil engineering opportunities to get more CPD (continued professional development). They also offer the chance to exchange best practice on innovation and experiences in the industry. Most also run their own events, such as conferences and informal meetings, where members can present papers and discuss the latest developments.

Learn more about the Specialist Knowledge Societies