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Cities - adaptation without mitigation is immoral

From growing populations, climate change, environmental risks and increasing dependencies of infrastructure systems, an invited expert panel will debate some of the most pressing challenges of the 21st Century; and consider how we can create and manage truly sustainable cities.  


FREE for CIRIA members
£25 for non members

In response to debate around the growing pressures on our cities and infrastructure systems CIRIA is hosting an evening debate to discuss current issues of environment and sustainability in a new Urban Era. This event will bring together highly regarded senior professionals from the engineering and built environment sector to discuss 21st Century challenges in balancing economic growth, environmental protection and social inclusion for future cities and infrastructure systems. 

For the first time the number of people living in cities has surpassed those living in rural areas.  With such rapid increases in urbanisation globally, the complex challenge of how we support growing urban populations, ensure adequate supporting infrastructure and develop resilience against changing climates and environmental risks, has arisen.

The UK boasts some of the world’s leading engineers and researchers working on innovative solutions and approaches to managing urban regions and developing more inclusive and sustainable urban environments and communities. 

Join us for CIRIA's debate on the complex issue of cities as our expert panel debates the challenges around balancing efforts of mitigation and adaptation in cities and the negative and positive aspects of increased urbanisation.

Wednesday 15 June 2016
18.00 - 19.30 (registration from 17.30)
Followed by networking drinks reception


18.00         Chair’s welcome & introduction 
                  Keith Clarke, Vice President ICE & Vice Chair of Future Cities Catapult 

18.10         Panellists
      • Sean Lockie, Director of Sustainability, Faithful + Gould, Atkins 
      • Prof Peter Head, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Ecological Sequestration Trust, Visiting Professor Sustainable Systems Engineering, University of Bristol 
      • Jackie Sadek, Chief Executive UK Regeneration and Specialist Regeneration Adviser, Secretary of State’s Extended Ministerial Office
 Speakers will provide short opening remarks followed by chaired debate & discussion.

19.20         Closing remarks 

19.30         Networking drinks reception 

The Royal Society of Chemistry, 
Burlington House
Piccadilly, London

Sponsorship opportunity

Please contact Nipa Patel at CIRIA to discuss options available.

If you are unable to book online please contact Patrick Williams on 020 7549 3300. Your completed booking form can be returned by post or email to Patrick Williams.
The Royal Society of Chemistry Burlington House Piccadilly LONDON W1J 0BA

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