On March, 4th 1968, representatives of 50 scientific and technical associations from all over the world met under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris to establish the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), whose charter as an international, non-governmental organization is to unite multidisciplinary engineering associations throughout the world.

WFEO is the internationally recognized and chosen leader of the engineering profession and cooperates with national and other international professional institutions in being the lead profession in developing and applying engineering to constructively resolve international and national issues for the benefit of humanity.

WFEO encourages all of its national and international members to contribute to global efforts to establish a sustainable, equitable and peaceful world by providing an international perspective and enabling mechanisms:
  • To provide information and leadership to the engineering profession on issues of concern to the public or the profession.
  • To serve society and to be recognized, by national and international organizations and the public, as a respected and valuable source of advice and guidance on the policies, interests and concerns that relate engineering and technology to the human and natural environment.
  • To make information on engineering available to the countries of the world and to facilitate communication between its member nations.
  • To foster peace, socioeconomic security and sustainable development among all countries of the world, through the proper application of technology.
  • To facilitate relationships between governments, business and people by adding an engineering dimension to discussions on policies and investment.

Overview of the World Engineers Convention history

WFEO has decided to hold a World Engineers Convention (WEC) every four years, starting from the year 2000, a timetable that has given rise to the nickname of „Olympics for Engineers“ starting in 2000.

WEC comprises two joint events:
  • The WFEO General Assembly with WFEO Standing Committee Meetings lasting 7 days
  • The WEC Conference with the technical program lasting 3 days
1st WEC 2000 - Hannover, Germany
Theme: Humankind – Nature - Technology
Hosted by the Association of German Engineers, VDI
3500 participants

2nd WEC 2004 – Shanghai, China
Theme: Engineers Shape the Sustainable Future
Hosted by the China Association for Science and Technology, CAST
3000 participants

3rd WEC 2008 – Brasilia, Brazil
Theme: Engineering and Innovation for Development with Social Responsibility
Hosted by the Brazilian Federation of Engineering, Agronomical and Architectural Associations, FEBRAE
5200 participants

4th WEC 2011 – Geneva, Switzerland
Theme: Engineers Power the World: Facing the Global Energy Challenge
Hosted by the Swiss engineers’ associations (SIA, STV, VSE)
1400 participants

5th WECC 2015 (World Engineers Convention and Conference) – Kyoto, Japan
Theme: Engineering: Innovation and Society
Hosted by the Japan Federation of Engineering Societies
2000 participants from 68 countries

6th WEC 2019 – Melbourne, Australia
Theme: Engineering a Sustainable World: The Next 100 Years
Hosted by the Engineers Australia
3000 participants from 73 countries


The Czech Association of Scientific and Technical Societies (hereafter CSVTS) is a registered voluntary association under Czech law – representing 67 independent professional associations in scientific and technical fields.

The mission of CSVTS is to represent the interests of its member organizations, and to create conditions for the furthering of professional interests, career development, and lifelong learning of engineers and technicians.

CSVTS is a member of and represents the Czech Republic in the European Federation of National Engineering Associations (FEANI), a member of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO), and the CSVTS’s member organizations are members of 40 international non-governmental organizations in connection with their professional field.

Over the thirty years of its modern history, CSVTS has transformed into a respected representative of the science and engineering community in the Czech Republic. The member societies are engaged in many professional branches of technical, natural and social sciences, especially the applied science aspects of mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, civil engineering, mining engineering, transportation engineering, textile engineering, telecommunications engineering, physical engineering, aeronautical engineering, aerospace engineering, cartographic engineering, food process engineering, chemistry, material engineering, chemical engineering, agricultural engineering, urbanism, environmental engineering, phytomedicinal treatment, biotechnology, sanitary engineering, cybernetics, informatics, information technology, automatic control, artificial intelligence, economics, management, scientific management, marketing, quality management, as well as in engineering law, research and real-world engineering projects.

CSVTS, and particularly its member societies, take an active part in tackling various problems in scientific research, development and innovations in technology and applied sciences.

CSVTS, along with the Czech Academy of Sciences, several technical universities, and other universities in the country, represents the most significant science, technology and engineering potential of the Czech Republic, connecting prominent professional experts in each member society. The aim of CSVTS is particularly high-quality care of professional competence of each member and service in providing technical aid for solutions of many current problems in research, development and innovations, in formulation of concepts of state policy of sustainable development in energy, industry, transport, agriculture, health care, environment, education and other areas related to the country's life.

CSVTS provides a wide variety of educational programmes, including retraining courses for the public in its regional CSVTS Centres in Ostrava, Pardubice, Plzeň and České Budějovice. It contributes significantly to the improvement and expanding of qualifications among the population, as well as to retraining opportunities and reducing unemployment. This is the core of CSVTS and its member societies’ pathway to fulfilling one of their main duties, which is to promote lifelong learning as a continual process and to aid in the professional development of both engineers & technicians and the general public.

CSVTS is a signatory to a number of bilateral agreements on cooperation, and some of its member societies have additional agreements with international scientific and technical societies, maintaining close relations all over the world. CSVTS collaborates closely with the Slovak Association of Scientific and Technological Societies (ZSVTS), the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), the Association of German Engineers (VDI), the Order of Engineers (OE) in Portugal, The Institution of Engineers India (IEI), the Union of Scientific and Engineering Associations of Ukraine (USEAU), Australian Engineers (EA), and Kuwait Society of Engineers (KSE).
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