Below is the Calendar showing Chapter events, Working and Local Group events, as well as International Events.

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INCOSE International Symposium 2017


Adelaide, Australia

Full Days

INCOSE International Symposium 2017


Adelaide, Australia

Full Days

INCOSE International Symposium 2017


Adelaide, Australia

Full Days

INCOSE International Symposium 2017


Adelaide, Australia

Full Days

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Current Events

Time Location Details
17/07/2017 -

Full Days

Adelaide, Australia
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INCOSE International Symposium 2017

'Unlocking Innovation through Systems Engineering' INCOSE’s Annual International Symposium is the largest worldwide annual gathering of people who do systems engineering for six days of presentations, case studies, workshops, tutorials and panel discussions. The program attracts an international mix of professionals at all levels, and includes practitioners in government and industry, as well as educators and researchers. The benefits of attending the Symposium include: the opportunity to share ideas; network; build competency; pursue certification; contribute to the advancement of the profession through collaboration on tools, processes and methodologies; learn about new offerings in training and education; and forge new partnerships. For more information click here

Future Events

Time Location Details
11/09/2017 -

10:30 - 14:30
Service Systems Engineering

Service Systems Engineering Rolls-Royce plc Whittle House WH73 PO Box 3, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7QE, UK Sat nav postcode - BS34 6QA
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Meeting 26

Reports on:

- SeBOK and Systems Engineering Handbook relatig to Services

- Proposed skeleton for service engineering handbook

- Review of standard stakeholders for Systems - do they apply for Services

Way forward to issuing guidance

18/09/2017 -

Railway Interest Group

London Underground 55 Broadway London SW1H 0BD
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Operational Concept to Working Railway: Developing an effective collaboration between operators and engineers on a major railway upgrade project

Effectively engaging operations personnel in the very earliest stage of railway projects is essential if we are to avoid extensive rework or having to live with operational workarounds for sub-optimal decisions at the beginning.

Michael Coultharde-Steer, Lead Operational Development Manager at LU, will describe how and where significant benefits accrue from involving Operational input in the context of major upgrade programmes and how User Requirements Specifications are derived by a small team that includes operational end-user representatives and LU’s system engineers.

For further details pleasee see attached flyer.

The presentation is being arranged by the South East Branch of the Institution of Railway Operators (IRO) in collaboration with the INCOSE UK Railway Interest Group.

There is no charge for attendance and the event is open to those who are not INCOSE or IRO members but places must be booked in advance.


Please book by emailing To ask any other questions, please contact the RIG Chair, Bruce Elliott at or on +44 (0)7970 694043.

There is 1 Document for this event, click here to view
18/09/2017 -

18:30 for 19:00 - 20:30
Bristol Local Group

Room 7, BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG
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Drone Systems: How bad could it be?

Dr. Steve Wright is a senior lecturer in Avionics, Systems, and Electronics in the Engineering Design and Mathematics Department at the University of the West of England, with special interest in drone technologies.

Steve will explain how the evolution and convergence of a number of separate technologies allowed for a revolutionary step change in consumer/prosumer drone capability and affordability.

Each of these technologies and how they are integrated will be described, as will the emergent challenges for system reliability. In particular, the difficulties posed by the different technical heritage these drones have compared to conventional aerospace.

We hope to provide both a static and flying display of a selection of drones.

Please note this event will be held at BAWA, and not our regular venue.


There are 2 Documents for this event, click here to view
19/09/2017 -

Full Days

Congress Center Rosengarten Rosengartenplatz 2 68161 Mannheim Germany
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EMEA Workshop

The INCOSE EMEA Workshop 2017 is the event for Systems Engineers from the EMEA region to contribute to the state of the art in Systems Engineering. Unlike the International Symposium and the national conferences, there are no paper, panel or tutorial presentations. Instead, attendees spend three days working alongside fellow Systems Engineers who are there to make a difference. Systems Engineers at all levels and from all backgrounds are encouraged to engage in working sessions, and to contribute their knowledge and experience to take the discipline forward.

The objective of this workshop is to meet with experts from different domains of Systems Engineering and different countries from around the world. During the workshop, you will have the opportunity to exchange your ideas and experience to move forward on the selected Systems Engineering topics.

19/09/2017 -

Architecture Working Group

Rolls-Royce Leisure Association, Derby, United Kingdom
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Architecture for Complex Systems

This event is in partnership with the IET

About this event

Discuss the challenges associated with developing architectures for complex multidisciplinary systems that are diverse and heterogeneous in nature. In particularly the design approaches that consider emergent behaviours and aim to achieve particular system level attributes. I’m especially interested in scenarios where architectures are typically developed independently by discipline but there is a functional relationship apparent at the system level e.g. the performance of a modern F1 race car may be dependent on the interactions of aerodynamics, handling, power and the control philosophies. How can these diverse and complex disciplines be managed to achieve the optimum integrated system level


Our speakers for the event include:

  • Mike Wilkinson - Niteworks
  • Stuart Mitchell - Yorkshire Water
  • Jonathon Holt - Rolls Royce
  • Professor Visakan Kadirkamanathan - Sheffield University
  • Tim Rabbets - QinetiQ

To registration for this event please go to the IET website site

26/09/2017 -

10:00 - 16:00
Model Based Systems Engineering

Changan UK R&D Centre, Birmingham
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MBSE Interest Group, September 26th Meeting

Dear all,

I am delighted to announce details of our next 'Interest Group' meeting:
Date: Tuesday 26th September
Time: 10:00 to 16:00
Hosts: Andy Howells & Ian Aitchison, Changan UK
Location: Changan UK R&D Centre, Building 3500, Parkside, Birmingham Business Park, Birmingham, B37 7YG 
An agenda will be published shortly
If you wish to attend please contact:
21/11/2017 -

Full Days
UK Chapter

The Slate, Warwick Conferences
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ASEC 2017 - Annual Systems Engineering Conference 2017

The Annual Systems Engineering Conference (ASEC) is INCOSE UK's flagship annual event and brings together a wide range of professionals from a variety of backgrounds, with the common interest of building upon their Systems Engineering (SE) knowledge and sharing ideas with their peers.

INCOSE UK hosted its first annual conference in 2010, with the aim of creating the premium annual SE conference in the UK. Now in its 7th year, ASEC has indeed grown to become the UK’s foremost SE conference.

This years theme is "Pushing the Boundaries of Systems Engineering".

For more information please visit

There are 2 Documents for this event, click here to view
20/01/2018 -

Full Days

Jacksonville, FL USA
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07/07/2018 -

Full Days

Grand Hyatt Washington DC 1000 H Street NW - Washington, D.C., USA, 20001
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28th Annual INCOSE International Symposium

Past Events

Time Location Details
29/06/2017 -

South Coast Local Group

QinetiQ, Portsdown Technology Park Portsmouth PO6 3RU
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Systems Thinking and Systems Engineering - Same but Different?

Presenter: Niki Jobson


Presentation title: Systems Thinking and Systems Engineering - Same but Different?


Presentation  synopsis: The presentation will explore the role of systems thinking (ST) in developing a shared understanding of a complex, dynamic, multi-stakeholder problem space and characterising the nature of the challenges in order to provide a firm foundation for solution development.  It will seek to tease out the similarities and differences of applying ST during problem understanding and system engineering, and will provide a high level overview of underpinning ST concepts, laws, methods and tools and an emerging competency framework.  

There is 1 Document for this event, click here to view
15/06/2017 -

17:00 for 17:30 to 18:30
Railway Interest Group

RSSB (Royal Scott room, 4th Floor) The Helicon 1 South Place London EC2M 2RB
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Getting the most out of innovation with a systems approach and an open mind

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There is currently a whirlwind of excitement and anticipation around innovation related to intelligent infrastructure, internet of things and smart cities. Much of this is technology-led and predicated on ‘more data equals more benefit’.

Whilst an element of this future is reliant on more open and shared data, other fundamental keys to unlock benefits quickly reside in vision, outcomes and business models. 

In this presentation, Rakesh Gaur of Transport for London explores how the skills to resolving these parameters are positively aligned to those who can apply a whole systems engineering approach; focusing on key requirements, understanding trade-offs, managing risk and knowing how to deal with the unintended. 

He will describe how the Transport for London approach blends both challenge and vision-led innovation and explores the potential consequences when a systems approach is not followed.

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07/06/2017 -

Full Day
UK Chapter

Engineers House The Promenade, Clifton Down, Avon, Bristol BS8 3NB
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2017 Training Day

INCOSE UK is offering six one day courses for the 2017 Training Day. All of these provide an opportunity to update or extend your Systems Engineering (SE) skills, under the guidance of acknowledged experts in the application of SE. For more information about the event please click here.
07/06/2017 -

10:00 till 13:00
UK Chapter

Engineers House The Promenade, Clifton Down, Avon, Bristol BS8 3NB
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SEP Examination

Running in conjunction with our Training Day this year will offer the opportunity for any current or potential SEP programme candidates to sit their examination on-site at Engineers' House. The exam will run from 10:00 - 13:00. For more information click here
05/06/2017 -

10:30 - 14:30
Service Systems Engineering

Rolls-Royce plc Whittle House WH73 PO Box 3, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7QE, UK Sat nav postcode - BS34 6QA
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SSE Meeting 25

To review work on Service Definition for Military Vehicles and comparison with other work of the group. 

17/05/2017 -

1700 for 1730 to 1830
Railway Interest Group

Room C308, Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB
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The Special Theory of Holes: A Systems Thinking methodology applied to the exercise of power

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Kindly hosted by

Systems and Control Research Centre
School of Mathematics Computer Science and Engineering

City, University of London



After starting his career as a train driver, Scott Meadows moved into operations and performance at Network Rail where he worked with cross-industry groups to improve the industry’s safety and reliability performance. He is currently a principal consultant at Altran, working on the Programme and Systems Integration team for the Thameslink programme. Drawing on the doctoral research he started at Leeds University at the Institute of Transport Studies, he has written a systems model of power based on his experiences in the UK Railway Industry.


Power is like gravity and electricity. We know it exists through its effects; we often however, explore its consequences rather than the medium itself. We all work in or for organisations where the perception of power is distributed among many actors and, when we get that distribution wrong, the effects are adverse.

How do we explore power, its nature and basis, then? Can we use systems thinking to understand the power environment and to predict and prevent problems that may arise from the perception of power distributions?

The answer is yes: through system dynamic modelling. Here we can start to model our power environment, explored through three recognised faces of power, how power is developed and exercised. But we can also add a fourth face of power, in terms of system feedback, an element that is often overlooked.

This is the Special Theory of Holes. It is a systems dynamic model of the exercise of power, taking the inputs to ‘A’ who exercises (Overt, Covert and Latent power), over ‘B’, who has power exercised over them, to achieve something, classed as an output. However nothing exists in isolation. ‘B’ sometimes responds in ways we don’t account for or fully understand: this is their feedback to the system of power exercised by A. If we want to improve working conditions and the efficiency and efficacy of our organisations, dismissing system feedback can be costly. It is here where modelling the power environment can help us understand the exercise of power in play, and identify if it is reducing our overall capability.


Scott hopes that the presentation will offer systems thinkers a vision of how they may be able to use their skills to deal with problems at work that they previously thought that systems thinking could not reach.

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10/05/2017 -

18:30 - 20:30
North West

Electricity North West, Hartington Road, Preston, PR1 8AF
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Civic Resilience - A Systems Problem?

At 2245 on Saturday 5th December 2015, the primary substation in Lancaster was inundated with flood water from the River Lune following heavy rain as part of Storm Desmond, cutting power supplies to 61,000 properties. Managing the effect of the extreme weather was an operational challenge for Electricity North West, but what was more notable was severe the impact the loss of supplies had on other services across the the city, highlighting the reliance of modern society on a reliable electricity supply.

Since a series of recent floods, resilience has become a hot topic within the utilities sector, and in 2014 BSI published BS 65000 on Organisation Resilience. The Rockefellar Institute have also developed the 100 Resilient Cities programme (of which Bristol and Glasgow are a part) to look at how a city become resilient to a range of challenges.

Do system engineers have a role to play in developing civic resilience, and how could systems engineering techniques be used to enable communities, towns and cities to respond to major shock, natural or otherwise?

This session will start with a some scene-setting, but then open up into an extended discussion-come-workshop to share ideas on what resilience means from a systems perspective, and how this can be applied to a community, town or city.

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09/05/2017 -

South Coast Local Group

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27/04/2017 -

09:30 - 16:00
Model Based Systems Engineering

Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon, OX14 3DB, Oxfordshire
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MBSE Interest Group Meeting - 27th April 2017


This is a regualar meeting of the MBSE Interest Group and will include (subject to availability) presentations from Changan UK (automotive), Jaguar Land Rover (automotive), UKAEA (power generation) and possibly a tour of some of the facilities at Culham.

Attendees must pre-regesiter to attend and will require photographic id to gain access to the site. Registration closes on 17 April 2017.

Location details can be found here and public transport details here



26/04/2017 -

Midlands Local Group

Loughborough University (Room TBC)
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Global Strategic Trends - Paul Norman, Futures Team, DCDC, Shrivenham


The need for the MOD to set out the future strategic context was articulated in the 1998 Strategic Defence Review. To meet that requirement, the Strategic Trends Programme was started in 2001 and the first edition of Global Strategic Trends (GST) was published in 2003. Subsequently, GST, along with the Future Operating Environment have been key elements of the MOD’s contribution to both the National Security Strategy and the Strategic Defence and Security Review – and we expect them to play similar roles in the future. 

GST is the first step in a series of MOD long-term planning activities. By providing a global context, further work will then be able to examine its implications and develop policy and capability options to meet the resulting challenges. While GST is produced principally for MOD it has utility for others involved in long-term planning. The program has benefited from considerable engagement with those outside MOD – from academia, business and government both domestically and internationally. In so doing, we have deliberately attempted to avoid a single, subjective perspective.

The presentation will discuss the starting point for the next version of GST and the way trends are being identified. It will discuss some of the analysing techniques used and the process upon which the next version of GST is being produced.


Paul Norman



Paul currently works for the Development Concepts and Doctrine Centre as the Technology lead for the strategic trends program. He received aMaster of Physics degree from the University of Manchester in 2000. After graduating he worked in the finance industry where he was promoted to the head of the offer and completions department within Alliance and Leicester. In 2003 Paul decided to change career and began working for the Defence Ordnance Safety Group where he worked as a numerical modeller and explosive effects scientist. In 2009 Paul studied for a Masters Degree in Explosive Ordnance Engineering at the Defence Academy. After graduation Paul decided to stay at the Defence Academy where he now works within the Development Concepts and Doctrine Centre.