A wide range of new field and desk research into early engines lacks an obvious outlet, forum or focus; this is the underpinning rationale for IEEC. The purpose of the conference is to provide a forum for presentation and discussion of new research into heat engines prior to 1812.
The event design is based on the International Early Railways Conference (IERC) model. Repeat conferences are anticipated every 2-5 years.
The First International Early Engines Conference was held at Elsecar, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, in May 2017; the Second International Early Engines Conference was held in October 2021 at the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, West Midlands. The Third International Early Engines Conference is planned for March 2024 at Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, in Scotland.