What is CIBSE YEN? / by David Mather

I often get asked: "what is CIBSE YEN?". This short post should answer the basics and also provide links for further information. Firstly I will break out the acronyms:

CIBSE is the The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers

YEN is the Young Engineers' Network

That may explain the name but doesn't answer what YEN does. CIBSE YEN is a network of like minded young Building Services Engineers that work together to support one another, share knowledge and promote engineering to the next generation. For the purposes of YEN 'young' is defined as 35 or younger. In reality members are often anywhere from their early 20's to their early 30's as they study and gain work experience on the road to chartership.

CIBSE YEN events are typically regionally organised by volunteers in small committees and include networking evenings, site tours, technical seminars, debates and socials too. Each year a National Ball is held, with the location varying across the UK, which is a chance for engineers across the country to get together and also raise money for charity. There are also events run in conjunction with CIBSE's regional centres or specialist groups, such as the CIBSE Energy Performance Group.

Some notable events include a recent debate evening held by CIBSE YEN South West looking at the implications of Brexit on Building Services Engineers, an event looking at digital processes and how this could lead to the much sought after 'paperless office' and a planning event held at the Sky Garden at the top of 20 Fenchurch St in London.

For more information on CIBSE YEN please browse to www.cibse.org/yen, hopefully there is a centre near you. There are centres across the UK and also international regions in Ireland, UAE, Hong Kong and ANZ. CIBSE YEN can also be contacted through @CIBSEYEN on Twitter.

If you would like to collaborate on a YEN event, or would like more information please feel free to get in touch.