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 ČSVTS) is an autonomous voluntary civic organization of 67 independent scientific and technical civic associationswhich are member societies of ČSVTS as well as autonomous legal bodies.

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

The ČSVTS as a representative of the Czech Republic is a member of European Federation of National Engineering Associations (FEANI), a member of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) and 26 ČSVTS’ member organizations are members of 30 international non-governmental organizations in connection with their professional field.

During the twenty years of its modern history, the ČSVTS was transformed into a respected representative of the scientific, technical and engineering community of the Czech Republic, associating 67 member societies of more than 100 000 individual members. The member societies are engaged in many professional branches of technical, natural and social sciences, especially the applied sciences of mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, civil engineering, mining engineering, transport 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, legal aspects, research and technical work.

The ČSVTS 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 Portuguese Order of Engineers (Ordem dos Ingenheiros), The Institution of Engineers India (IEI), the Ukrainian Assocation of Scientific and Technological Societies (UUSEA), Australian Engineers (EA), and Kuwait Society of Engineers (KSE).

Prague and the Czech Republic’s engineering background as an important factor in hosting WEC 2023

The Czech Republic and Prague have a long tradition of science and engineering since the 14th century, shown through selected examples of breakthrough discoveries and technologies below. Many important scientists and engineers worked in Prague and the Czech lands. They have brought a large number of discoveries and inventions to the world’s well of wisdom, engineering and science.

1348 - the first university in Central Europe - the Charles University in Prague

1494 - Georg Bauer/Pawer (Georgius Agricola) - the father of mineralogy, significant works performed in the town of Joachymstall in the Czech Ore Mountains

1600 - an idea of artificial intelligence - presented by Prague’s Rabbi Loew who was a mathematician at the Rudolf II Emperor’s Court; Rabbi Loew created an artificial being called Golem and he could control him to help people

1619 - Johannes Kepler, Tycho de Brahe – astronomical discoveries and formulation of Kepler laws of planetary motion while at the Rudolf II Emperor’s Court

1630 - Jan Amos Comenius - a father of modern education, “a teacher of nations”, he wrote a revolutionary publication, Didactica Magna

1707 - the first engineering school in Central Europe, today Czech Technical University in Prague, one of the oldest in the world

1750 - Prokop Diviš - inventor of the lightning conductor

1809 - Karel Daniel Gangloff - Czech Archimedes, inventor and innovator

1810 - Bernard Bolzano - Professor at the Charles University in Prague - Bolzano’s theorem

1827 - Josef Ressel - inventor of the screw propeller

1828 - Franz Anton Ritter von Gerstner – builder of the first railway on the European continent

1842 - Christian Doppler - Professor at the Prague Polytechnic - so-called Doppler Effect

1856 - Gregor Johann Mendel - the father of genetics - Mendel's principles of inheritance

1865 - establishment of the Institute of Engineers and Architects SIA in the Czech Kingdom

1870 - Ernest Mach - Rector of the Charles University in Prague discovered a supersonic flow - Mach Number

1880 – František Křižík - “Czech Edison”, introduced the first electric lighting in Central Europe and trams with electric drive

1894 - Tomáš Baťa - a Czech founder of the global Bata Shoes Company, a world leader in entrepreneurship and a business innovator, employing more than 80 000 workers and producing more than 300 million pairs of shoes yearly in Europe, Canada, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America

1900 - Ferdinand Porsche - world-famous automobile designer

1903 - Čenek Strouhal - Rector of the Charles University in Prague discovered later described Von Kármán vortex street - Strouhal Number

1910 - Jan Kašpar – aviator of pioneering flights in the Czech lands

1911 - Albert Einstein - Visiting Professor at the Charles University in Prague where he significantly progressed in the Theory of relativity

1912 - Viktor Kaplan - inventor of a revolutionary water turbine

1920 - a word ROBOT - created and first-ever heard in the 1920 hit play, R.U.R., or Rossum’s Universal Robots by the brilliant Czech playwright, novelist and journalist Karel Čapek (1880-1938)

1920 - Stanislav Bechyně - designer of the first large ferroconcrete bridges and constructions in the Czechoslovak Republic

1950 - Antonín Svoboda – designer of the first Czechoslovak computer and professor at UCLA

1958 - Otto Wichterle - inventor of soft contact lenses, synthetic fibre “silon” equivalent to “nylon”

1959 - Jaroslav Heyrovský – scientist awarded the Nobel Prize for the invention of polarography

1976 - Antonín Holý - world-famous scientist, involved in the creation of the most effective drug (as of early 2009) in the treatment of AIDS and hepatitis B

2008 - ESA - the Czech Republic is a very active member of the European Space Agency and participates successfully in its various programs

2012 - GALILEO - headquarters of the global navigation satellite system located in Prague

2021 - EUSPA - Prague is the seat of the New EU Agency for the Space Program

2023 - WEC 2023, Prague, Czech Republic - The Czech Association of Scientific and Technical Societies together with the World Federation of Engineering Organizations look forward to welcoming delegates from all over the world to the most important engineering event
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