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Engineer Members

Engineer Members

Details  Gain recognition for your Education, Experience and Competencies in the Transition Engineering approach and being able to work through wicked problems and innovate down-shift projects.
Engineer Associate Members

Engineer Associate Members

Details  Gain recognition for awareness of sustainability issues, renewable energy, recycling, and energy efficiency. Associates are in training to learn the Transition Engineering approach and are willing to work in teams on wicked problems and to carry out down-shift projects. 

Candidates for Engineering Associate Membership include:
Engineering Students in any discipline 
Engineers wanting to learn the Transition Engineering Approach
Peer Professional Associate

Peer Professional Associate

Details  Gain recognition of understanding of sustainability issues and working on actioning the targets and objectives through down-shift projects. Peer professionals in Science, Arts, Law, Policy, Agriculture, Product Development, Architecture work with Transition Engineers on interdisciplinary teams.

Benefits of GATE Membership

Joining GATE gives you recognition of your professional value in the field of Transition Engineering, it gives you access to the latest learning and networking in this field, and (depending on grade) it gives you discounted access to publications and training. It also gives you the opportunity to help shape the profession and to help to design and deliver real change your own sector or industry to shift the energy, materials and water consumption an unsustainable practice or product.

Belonging to GATE will give you all the benefits of being part of the most important professional endeavor of the 21st century; to achieve the transition from an unsustainable trajectory towards all sorts of future problems, to a sustainable trajectory towards a future in which society can prosper today knowing that future generations will also be able to prosper, within foreseeable constraints. 


Associate of GATE demonstrates that you have the necessary qualifications and commitment to make a real contribution to the global endeavor towards a sustainable future.

Members: being able to call yourself a Member of GATE demonstrates that you have the necessary qualifications, and experience, for your professional peers to elect you as a full member.


GATE is a learned Society; we are the intellectual home for the discipline of Transition Engineering, and it is our role to "Promote, encourage and undertake the study, invention and research of matters related to Transition Engineering, and to make grants of money or books or otherwise to assist such study, invention and research."

Being a part of GATE will help you to acquire the skills, expertise and experience to support your career as a professional and to enable to to bring about real change towards sustainability, and towards long term prosperity for you, your employer, your clients, and your colleagues, and of course your children and grandchildren.  


GATE is a global network of industry and academic professionals. Members come from academia and in industry. 
We encourage members to set up local Transition Engineering groups. We are working with universities and student groups to create guidelines and support on "Setting up an effective Transition Engineering Student Group". Please contact  for more information. 


GATE academic research papers, books and member reports are available to full members. The online resources will grow as the field emerges and members carry out and report on projects. 


GATE offers training for professional practitioners in Transition Engineering, whether they are engineers or peer professionals, to ensure that they have the expertise and practice to implement Transition Engineering in their work. 

Associates and Members receive a discount on the cost of training, but training is open to everyone. 

We can offer 1, 2 and 5 day CPD courses on "Introduction to Transition Engineering". 

We offer in-house and public courses. In-house courses can be arranged to suit your organisation. Public courses are run to suit demand. Please contact for more information. 

Future training will be developed in response to member needs. 


GATE Member's Code of Professional Conduct: 

Members shall:

  1. Acknowledge the need for transition through a change in engineering.
  2. Contribute to building a sustainable society, present and future.
  3. Include the interests of future generations, and their ability to meet their needs, in actions and decisions.
  4. Accept the responsibility to re-design and re-develop un-sustainable engineered systems.
  5. Design for transition, carry out operations, and manage activities in ways that reduce fossil energy consumption in line with current IPCC margin of safety.
  6. Apply professional and responsible judgement and take a leadership role
  7. Serve as an example to others for responsible environmental behaviour;
  8. Prevent avoidable danger to health or safety, risk to both physical and cyber security, and harm to the environment and society.
  9. Maintain and enhance professional competence, undertake only professional tasks for which they are competent, and disclose relevant limitations of competence.
  10. Accept appropriate responsibility for work carried out under their supervision.
  11. Treat all persons fairly and with respect.
  12. Encourage others to advance their learning and competence.
  13. Avoid where possible real or perceived conflict of interest, and advise affected parties when such conflicts arise.
  14. Observe the proper duties of confidentiality owed to appropriate parties.
  15. Reject bribery and all forms of corrupt behaviour, and make positive efforts to ensure others do likewise.

IPCC refers to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Margin of Safety equates to targets in Paris Accord. 

Who are our members?

Our membership is drawn from all engineering disciplines as well as science and management professionals - in the spirit of "thinking differently" we welcome  sustainability champions who bring experience in science, design, environmental management, transport, mining, waste management, pollution control, natural resources and infrastructure, and the creative world. We have professional, industrial and academic members as well as managers, policy-makers, planners, developers and conservation scientists. Transition Engineering is an evolution in the vision and practice of engineering, in much the same way that Safety Engineering was an evolution in manufacturing and buildings 100 years ago. Our main point of difference from the historical practice of sustainability management is that we use an exploratory methodology to create the thinking space for innovation aimed at changing what is unsustainable. 

Close collaboration between professions is vital to the transition to a sustainable future. GATE facilitates dialogue between professionals engaged in the endeavour towards sustainability. As we launch GATE, we are seeking to define exactly how membership can be made valuable for our peer professionals. GATE is aligned with the UK Engineering Council, which means we can make available to Peer Professionals the same benefits as to Engineer Associate members, except that at present we can only award post-nominals to people who are also aligned with teh Engineering Council. We are currently exploring ways to offer a full professional home and development path for non-engineer peer professionals. 

Flipping your mindset is key:

  • Flip your point of view from adding sustainable technologies to an unsustainable system > to changing the unsustainable system
  • Flip your focus from using more renewable energy > to eliminating an energy load
  • Flip your focus from making plastic more recyclable > to eliminating plastic in the product stream
  • Flip your focus from carbon capture and sequestration > to safe shut down and capping of oil and gas wells and coal mines
  • Flip your hope from mega factories making mountains of batteries to transition of commercial buildings > to 80% passive renewable resource utilization
  • Flip your dreams from the isolation of on-line shopping and drone delivery of disposable products made half a world away > to vibrant streets with quality services and goods and a prosperous local social economy 

     GATE Constitution