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ASEC 2016 – Extended Deadline for Abstract Submissions

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All members wishing to submit either tutorial or presentation abstracts, now have until Sunday 15th May to send in their proposals.

Following a flurry of submissions immediately prior to the previous cut off, the decision has been taken to offer a short extension to the deadline for all ASEC 2016 presentation and tutorial submissions. All initial abstracts should be between 250 and 300 words and outline your presentation topic and main points.

Presentations are encouraged based around (but not limited to); pushing the boundaries of SE practice, realising the value of SE, applying SE in context and the evolution of a systems engineer. They should be around forty minutes in length, with five minutes of question and answer time at the end.

Tutorials have a number of options available, including simple presentations, interactive learning or workshop formats. A typical ASEC tutorial attracts between five and twenty delegates who are looking for a break from back-to-back presentations and are interested in trying something new.

Successful tutorial providers will be awarded a single one-day pass for ASEC 2016, but those delivering presentations will be required to register as per the standard terms.

Following the abstract closing date, successful candidates will then be asked to deliver their complete six-page proposals, the deadline for which remains as Sunday 5th June.

For full details regarding the criteria for both presentation and tutorial submissions, please visit the event website.

All completed submissions should be emailed to If you have any further queries, please email Jon Holt at

INCOSE UK Training Day 2016 – Lydiard House Conference Centre

On Wednesday 8th June 2016, INCOSE UK will be holding full-day training sessions at the Lydiard House Conference Centre, which is set in a 260-acre country park just outside Swindon.

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There is a selection of different courses available to choose from, with content ranging from introductory groundings in a wider subject, to more focussed sessions on a specific area.

The courses available for this year’s training day are:

Course 1     “How to Systems Think” (Stuart Burge)
Course 2     “Systems Engineering for Interfaces” (Hazel Woodcock / Paul Davies)
Course 3     “Introduction to Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)” (Simon
Perry / James Towers)
Course 5     “INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook Training” (Ian Presland)

All of the course trainers are acknowledged experts in the application of Systems Engineering and amongst last year’s survey respondents, over 85% would rate the overall benefit of the workshop as ‘Excellent’.

In addition to the day’s training, all attendees will receive a catered lunch and there is also free car parking and entry to the grounds.

Registration on a course is £300 (ex VAT) for INCOSE UK members and £360 (ex VAT) for non-members; however any non-members who take out an annual membership (£105) at the time of registering on a course will be able to book their place at the member rate.

The course registration fee for students and retired members is £200 (ex VAT).

All courses are limited to a maximum of 15 attendees, so make sure you that don’t miss your opportunity to participate by booking now!

For full details and to register your place, visit the Event page on the INCOSE UK website here: Training Day 2016

How can I Apply?






As we progress through 2016 and the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook V.4 becomes well established, I find myself answering more and more enquiries about how to embark on the Professional Certification programme. The Beta exam run by INCOSE UK was our testing ground for the new handbook back in 2014 and raised lots of interesting debate within our society about the value of the Professional Certification programme to it’s members. Several of those members who participated and were successful have since gone on to upgrade and were amongst the first of our home-grown CSEPS and ESEP.  Many large organisations, particularly those with United States origins, are looking to build ASEP, CSEP or ESEP into their  professional development programmes,  often with an associated bonus. Many of them are employing tailor-made training packages from specialist companies to support their groups of candidates through the Certification process, preparing them for success. It could be a timely conversation with an INCOSE UK colleague or a work peer that leads to the question “how can I apply?”. For INCOSE UK members the answer is “It’s straightforward “. With the on-line form easily accessible through the website and full-time weekday support available at every stage, if you’re looking for formal recognition of your Systems Engineering skills and experience – look no further.

MIT Survey on Technology Readiness Levels

NASA TRL MeterWe invite your participation in a study on the state-of-the-art practice of Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) and challenges using this method. This study is conducted by a research team at MIT Sloan School of Management under the supervision of Professor Steven Eppinger and Professor Nitin Joglekar. We believe that a better understanding of the TRL practice will benefit not only future academic work but also the daily practice in industry applications. Your opinion on TRLs is very valuable to us and we would highly appreciate if you take time to complete this 20-minute online survey on Technology Readiness Level Challenges. All data you provide will be kept completely confidential as specified by MIT rules. Only aggregated data analyses will be disseminated.

This link takes you directly to the survey:

We would be delighted if you would also forward this link to your colleagues working with TRLs.