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What has the UK plc got against ‘employing’ robots?

Despite the UK being one of the top 10 largest global economies, we are behind the European and Global average for what is known as “Robot Density”  - This is a measure of robots installed by 10,000 workers. Why is this? We have a situation where the output per hour worked (our productivity) has only increased around 1% in the last 10 years, yet we are also in one of the highest levels of employment for decades, so we have lots of people in jobs. Germany, France, Italy and even old eastern-bloc countries such as Slovakia are ahead of the UK.


What is preventing the rise of the robots and how can we educate industry and government to adopt a change in work patterns so that we can become a more productive nation!


Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


29 May 2020

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Add to Calendar 05/29/2020 14:00 05/29/2020 15:30 What has the UK plc got against ‘employing’ robots? Despite the UK being one of the top 10 largest global economies, we are behind the European and global average for what is known as “robot density”. Savoy Pl, London WC2R 0BL, UK


London Local Network

Registration Information

These lectures are preceded by an optional lunch where there is an opportunity to network with colleagues.


If you wish to attend this lecture please book a place on the IET website.


During the booking process you will have the opportunity to pre book a lunch at Savoy Place.  The cost for a two course meal with wine is £19.20.  It is ESSENTIAL to pre book lunch and pay for it on this website.


Reservations for lunch can be made up to 11pm on the Monday prior to the event (subject to availability).


Bookings for the lecture only can be made up to noon on the day prior to the event (subject to availability).


No payment for the event lunch can be made at Savoy Place.




1.   You don’t need to be a member to log into the system.


2.   You can book for more than one person; you just need to add the other guest(s) name(s).


3.   You can add any special dietary requirements during the booking process.


4.   The website price quoted is exclusive of VAT.  VAT will be added when you pay.


5.   You will receive a confirmation of your booking & payment if made.


6.   You can cancel your booking - the T&Cs are below.  You can do this by contacting events@theiet.org


Terms & Condition’s.


5+ days before event date - Full refund.

4 days before event date - No refund.


Name substitutions are accepted at any time by fax or email, the IET reserves the right to charge a transfer fee.    


Julian Ware

Julian Ware

Sales Manager - ABB Robotics

Reasons to attend

In the wonderful refurbished surroundings of Savoy Place, this lecture will offer the opportunity to meet and network over lunch and during the event, with both members and non-members of the institute, who have similar interests.

Enable you to gain more insight, understanding and know how into a fascination subject.

Get to meet and ask the lecturer questions that were provoked during their presentation.

Enable you to continue and broaden your personal development, as the lecture qualifies for CPD points.


IET London: Savoy Place

2 Savoy Place
United Kingdom

The London headquarters of the IET.

We are committed to having an environmentally responsible event portfolio and we are working hard to plan and implement events which reflect sustainable event best practices.

We are working with venues and suppliers that demonstrate best environmental practices, in particular achieving zero food waste, no single-use plastics, along with recycling and re-use of paper, metal, plastic and glass.

In order to reduce the carbon footprint of the event, we strongly encourage delegates to walk, cycle or use public transport to attend the event.

Further information about environmental sustainability and IET Events can be obtained by contacting rebecca.booth@theiet.org.


11:30/11:40 Arrival for optional lunch


It is essential to sign in at the Faraday reception desk which is on the second floor for IET building before entering the Faraday Centre.


12:00 to 13:45 – Optional lunch.


13:45 - Arrival for lecture


(It is essential to sign in separately for attendance at the lecture.  Note this is required for IET attendance records purposes and is different to the Faraday signing in procedure).


14:00 to 14:45/15:00 – the lecture starts promptly at 14:00


14:45/15:00 to 15:30 approximately – questions and discussion


15:30 Optional tea/coffee in the Faraday Centre.  Free for members.  Non-members can purchase tea/coffee at the Faraday counter.  Note before entering the Faraday Centre you must sign in at the reception desk.


Please sign out when leaving the Faraday Centre.


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Lecture free, lunch £19.20

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