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What is CAETS

The International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS – is an independent non-political, non-governmental international organization of engineering and technological sciences academies, one member academy per country, with the following objectives:

  1. Be prepared to advise governments and international organizations on technical and policy issues related to its areas of expertise;
  2. Contribute to the strengthening of engineering and technological activities to promote sustainable economic growth and social welfare throughout the world;
  3. Foster a balanced understanding of the applications of engineering and technology by the public;
  4. Provide an international forum for discussion and communication of engineering and technological issues of common concern;
  5. Foster cooperative international engineering and technological efforts through meaningful contacts for development of programs of bilateral and multilateral interest;
  6. Encourage improvement of engineering education and practice internationally; and
  7. Foster establishment of additional engineering academies in countries where none exist.

The 1st International Convocation of Academies of Engineering and Similar Institutions was held in 1978. Slight changes were made in the title of subsequent convocations during 1980 to 1985. In 1985 the name “Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS)” was agreed. On incorporation in 2000, the name became the “International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences, Inc. (CAETS).” Founding Academies were involved in the 1978 convocation, the subsequent convocations, and helped form the nature of and the launching of CAETS in 1985. Thereafter, new member academies were added through the election process.

In 2017, CAETS is a global network of 26 national engineering academies that is managed by three main bodies: Executive Committee, the Board Directors and the CAETS Council.


About RAI

The Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain, (RAI –, aims at promoting the quality and the development of Engineering worldwide. It was created on 1994 as an independent corporation under public law. The RAI focuses specially on the innovation and education as tools to match progress and Engineering. It is a working Academy, aimed at creating value for Spanish society through the service to their institutions, universities and industry.

The first 36 Constituent Members were named by a Ministerial Order dated December 12, 1994. Following the first years of operations in which – among other activities – the Internal Statutes and Regulations were elaborated by the Constituent Members, new members were elected, till to fill the maximum number of 60 Full Members, through calls for applications, from among engineering professionals whose contributions and careers are especially relevant to technological, industrial and economic development, and to the development of engineering in the country.

The Royal Academy of Engineering is integrated by Members from the different branches of Engineering. Twenty three Full Members come from outside Madrid, which gives an idea of their significant distribution throughout the country.

The Royal Academy has merited international accolades and is a member of CAETS, the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences, and of Euro-CASE, the European Council of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering. Of special relevance were the commemorative events held on the 10th and 20th Anniversary of the Academy’s creation, which took place in different cities around the country and focused on issues such as education, energy, environment, infrastructure, transport, computer technology and telecommunications.

In May, 2005, stemming from an initiative by the Royal Academy of Engineering, the “Pro Rebus Academiae” Foundation was founded, for the essential purpose of backing, as much as its capacities allow, the activities of the Academy.

In June, 2005, the Spanish Government granted the Royal Academy of Engineering the Palace of Marqués de Villafranca (which forms part of Spain’s Historic Patrimony) as its headquarters, where the corporation initiated its services and the performance of its activities.


Amigos de la Ingeniería

Amigos de la Ingeniería is created with the aim of rigorously and effectively disseminating the true scope of Engineering and its importance in the development of our Society.

Amigos de la Ingeniería is formed by people interested in Engineering who wish to participate actively in the initiatives of the Royal Academy and, like friends, want to enjoy the advantages of a closer relationship with it.

All the activities proposed under Amigos de la Ingeniería are developed under the direction of the Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain (RAI). In this way, the Royal Academy of Engineering reinforces its commitment to the Society.


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