Swiss Engineering sees Engineers' Day as part of World Engineers Day and the goals of the World Engineering Association, highlighting engineering achievements in the context of Unesco's 17 sustainability themes is the right thing to do for Swiss Engineering STV. (Picture above: Giovanni Crupi)
Giovanni Crupi and Alexander Jäger's answers:
When and in what context did you first hear about Engineers' Day?
As members of Swiss Engineering, we were involved by Daniel Löhr and Christian Vils at the very beginning. The sections and specialist groups of Swiss Engineering supported the first Engineers' Day on March 15 each year by organizing their own events.
Your association is now participating in Engineers' Day for the 4th time. Why are you involved in this event?
As one of the most important professional associations for engineers and architects, Swiss Engineering has of course been involved since the beginning, especially since the founders of this day are members of the professional association. Swiss Engineering is a member of FEANI/WFEO, at whose request UNESCO decided to hold the World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development on March 4.
What goal would you highlight as the most important priority in terms of your involvement in Engineers' Day or in everyday life?
Swiss Engineering sees Engineers' Day as part of World Engineers Day and the goals of the World Engineering Association, highlighting engineering achievements in the context of Unesco's 17 sustainability themes is the right thing for us to do.
Why do you think engineers and their achievements are not perceived enough in everyday life and what can engineers do about it?
Basically, we are of the opinion that the achievements of engineers are perceived. However, there is the question of appreciation. The appreciation of engineers has decreased in recent years.
If you had one wish to be able to influence the promotion of young talent even more, who would it be and what would it be?
In our opinion, the promotion of young talent should start at a very early stage. For example, for the STEM subjects, in order to also counteract the low proportion of women in the technical professions.
Do you have another wish in connection with Engineers' Day?
Yes, we have a big request for companies to promote engineering skills in Switzerland instead of outsourcing them abroad.