ITEC 2019

Year of Engineering 2018 Talk - Why should I work for Defence?

On the second day of UDT, 27 June, Babcock International Group and UDT invite university students, college students, professional society members and any UDT Global exhibition or conference badge holder to attend a Year of Engineering talk "Why Should I Work for Defence?". Attendees will also be given the opportunity to visit the exhibition and meet with over 100 companies involved in the defence sector for two hours before the talk. 

The Year of Engineering talk - Why should I work for Defence? is free to attend. (Please refer to the registration guidelines at the end of the page)



Why Should I Work for Defence?

Traditionally, technology is being interpreted as a key driver of force development. But Military technology is a social construct, as Dima Adamsky, author of The Culture of Military Innovation, put it. Therefore, engineers must understand the social context in which armed forces and the supporting industry are operating.

Right now, the social context is undergoing fundamental change. Geostrategic upheavals, economic shifts of power, demographic changes, environmental challenges, and fast-paced commercial and technological progress have a significant impact on societal interest and values and thus also foreign, security, and defence policy ambitions

In this year's YOE Talk, Dr Heiko Borchert will provide a big picture overview of current geostrategic changes and their likely impact on the maritime domain and naval forces. In order to meet future requirements, naval forces will need to innovate. But military innovation is a complex undertaking that requires much more than technological excellence. Engineers, social scientists, management experts and lawyers and many others play a role in preparing naval forces for innovation. By bringing together all these experts, a holistic understanding of the need for innovation and the avenues to bring it to fruition can be established – and that's the reason why you may want to join the defence community.


Tim Hodgson

Session chair: Rear Admiral Tim Hodgson

Tim Hodgson joined the Royal Navy directly from school in January 1982.  He completed his initial officer training at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth and read Engineering at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. 

He is currently Director Submarine Capability in the newly formed Director General Nuclear team.  Here he is responsible for the delivery of the Future Submarine programme, including platforms, nuclear propulsion, strategic weapons systems, combat systems and deterrent communications.



HeikoDr Heiko Borchert
Managing Director
Borchert Consulting & Research AG

Dr Heiko Borchert is owner and managing director of Borchert Consulting & Research AG. Since 1997 he has been working for public and private sector clients on a diverse set of issues with a key focus on strategic affairs, defence and security policy, defence industrial affairs, and science and technology. Since 2013 he has been a regular contributor to UDT.



Will Pope BabcockWill Pope MEng (Hons) CEng MIMechE 
Engineer Defence Systems Technology
Babcock International Group

Will Pope joined Babcock, Defence Systems Technology in 2014 after graduating with a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bath. He currently works as Lead Engineer across both pneumatic and hydraulic weapon launch systems on a future submarine programme. Will also leads the design of a project to demonstrate the safety-critical hydraulic interlock system of the Dreadnought class submarine in a representative environment. Previously at Babcock, he has supported the commissioning of the Spanish S-80 submarine weapon handling equipment, and contributed to multi-million pound, winning bids.  Will joined Babcock on the accredited graduate scheme and recently became a chartered engineer with the IMechE.


Session information

When? 27th June 1730 - 1830 (access to the UDT exhibition 1530-1730)
Where? Auditorium

Information for Students   

To register to attend the YOE Talk, please click here and on the final page select EXHIBITION ONLY VISITOR and then enter the promo code: YOE18. Please ensure you use this code to ensure free entry into the exhibition and this session – usual cost £50.

Registration guidelines:

  • Students from invited universities and institutions will be able to access to the exhibition from 1530-1730 on 27.06.18 only.
  • All student registrations will need to be verified by their class tutor. Tutors can provide a list of current students on university letterhead.
  • We ask that everyone register for a pass in advance of the event – this allows us to complete our security checks; unfortunately we will be unable to register anyone on the day of the YOE Talk.
  • Each student will need to provide the Clarion pre-agreed registration information and will have to register using their university email address.
  • Each registered and approved attendee will receive a code in their confirmation email which will allow them to print their badge onsite. We are unable to send badges out in advance.
  • Each individual must bring identification with them – current passport or driving license only please.
  • Upon arrival at the event – where every student/tutor will be able to collect their badge – each party should check in with the event’s security.
  • When the talk is concluded – students and tutors are asked to return their badges to the organisers.



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Event info

Exhibition opening times:

Tue 12 May
Weds 13 May 
Thurs 14 May

Venue info

Rotterdam Ahoy
Ahoyweg 10
3084 BA Rotterdam

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