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, in May 2017; the Second International Early Engines Conference is to be held in May 2020 at the Black Country Living Museum, West Midlands.