Message from the President

The Royal Academy of Engineering was established in 1994 and joined the Institute of Spain (IdeE) in 2015, thereby becoming part of the Spanish institution that gathers the nine top national Royal Academies.  The main objectives of the Royal Academy of Engineering are to promote Engineering in our society and to advise both public and private institutions independently in matters related to this activity. For that purpose, we have succeeded in gathering 60 Academic Members and 60 Corresponding Members from 16 different countries to form a network of excellent Engineering and Architecture professionals. Another important objective is to create a forum to promote the exchange of knowledge, ideas and opinions between professionals and companies. In short, the Royal Academy perceives Engineering as an essential ingredient of the progress and well-being of our society. Through its activities, it pursues and promotes the integration of Engineering in our country's culture and a greater recognition of Spanish Engineering in our society.


Thanks to the efforts made during this last year, the Academy is steadily making headway in our country by developing several projects and collaborations with the Spanish authorities, universities and companies mentioned in this Annual Activity Report with the sole intention of serving our nation.


An essential component of the Royal Academy of Engineering is the "Pro Rebus Academiae" Foundation. It was established in 2005 to improve relations between the Royal Academy and all the corporations and institutions interested in promoting Spanish Engineering. Most of the activities developed by the Royal Academy are carried out in cooperation with the Foundation's trustees. However, it would be desirable that the cooperation fields were extended by both stakeholders. The Foundation's members should see the Royal Academy of Engineering as a reliable interlocutor that is able to provide independent views and opinions on issues of mutual interest, as well as strategic guidelines on technical development and solutions for any engineering problem arising from the different activities developed by the Foundation's trustees.


The "Agustín de Betancourt" and "Juan López de Peñalver" are two annual competitions run by the Royal Academy of Engineering to reward excellence in Engineering among young generations. These awards have been widely disseminated and they have generated a large response among many candidates. They prove the interest of the Royal Academy in the young generation of engineers and its hope for renewal.


Since its establishment, the Royal Academy of Engineering has maintained a very remarkable activity in international relations by working closely with the main world academies. The Academy Member Mr. José Ramón Irrisarri, who passed away in 2016, initially promoted this activity. The Royal Academy of Engineering is a member of Euro-CASE, an independent non-profit organization of national academies of Engineering, Applied Sciences and Technology from 23 European countries, and of CAETS, the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences that gathers the most representative academies of engineering and technology of the whole world.  Precisely, the Royal Academy of Engineering will preside CAETS in 2017 and it will call all national academies for a meeting in November in Madrid. The subject of the meeting will be the challenges of Bioeconomy in Engineering. This meeting is probably the most remarkable activity of the Royal Academy as President of CAETS. It will also work closely with other national academies to deal with the Diversity and Ethics in Engineering subject. 


Every day, the Governing Board, which I represent, carries out a great effort aimed at fulfilling the statutory objectives of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Undoubtedly, its main achievements have been the raise of visibility among the Spanish society and, especially, the manifestation of a vocation of service that responds to an eminently practical approach. However, I am aware that the Academy cannot have a more relevant presence in our society without the participation of all its Members. Therefore, I end up insisting of the need of an active and enthusiastic participation by all of us in the activities of the Royal Academy of Engineering.


Elías Fereres