Mechanics Conference Online Conference – 15th October

Registration for the 2021 Mechanics’ Institutes Worldwide conference is now open! This special online conference will be held on Friday 15th October.

On October 16th 1821, the world’s first mechanics institute was inaugurated as the Edinburgh School of Arts and to commemorate this event Heriot-Watt University is hosting a global conference to mark the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the mechanics’ institute movement (MIW2021), a global movement that within a century boasts over 9,000 mechanics’ institutes across the globe and has enabled the transformation of societies.

In order to celebrate the extraordinary achievements in this 200th anniversary event, the event will be broken down into four sessions:

  • Capturing the start of the Mechanics’ Institute movement in the 19th Century.
  • Exploring diversity of the early Mechanics’ Institute movement.
  • The growth and consolidation of the Mechanics Institute movement in the 20th
  • The Mechanics Institute movement in present day.

More details on the specific agenda and speakers can be found here under the technical programme section.

Registration for the event is FREE and it will run from 9:00 to 16:30 (UK time) on Friday 15th October – please register using this link.