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Increasing infrastructure resilience

Join us in person for our 3rd Annual Lecture discover how the construction industry is working collaboratively to increase infrastructure resilience and enhance living standards for decades to come.

The resilience of the built, social and natural environment is key to a sustainable future. Although the UK’s infrastructure has proved fairly resilient historically, it is increasingly vulnerable to environmental and socio-economic pressures – both acute (immediate shock) and chronic (progressive change).

The National Infrastructure Commission's Report Anticipate, react, recover – Resilient infrastructure systems (2020) outlined a framework for evaluating resilience based on understanding of risk, ability to withstand and adaptation. The Second National Infrastructure Assessment (2023) builds on the first Assessment and the Commission’s wider body of work and focuses on key challenges not covered in the first Assessment.

Better maintenance and renewal of the existing asset base will be essential, as will building new infrastructure to protect households and businesses from flooding and drought. Investment, removing barriers to progress, increasing productivity, adaptive planning will be key to achieving resilience.

This member-exclusive event will convene thought-leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities to create low carbon, connected and resilient infrastructure.

Sponsorship opportunities
For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tam Simmons.

Why attend
  • Discover how CIRIA is researching, informing and understanding resilience across the built environment including social, economic and environmental resilience.
  • Understand the effect of climate change on assets.
  • Learn how risks might be exacerbated by environmental, social, and economic risks combining, compounding, and cascading.
  • Explore how we can balance natural and engineered solutions to increase resilience.
  • Discuss how we can incorporate adaptation into our thinking.
  • Network with fellow industry professionals.
  • Earn valuable CPD.
Who should attend
  • This is an exclusive event for CIRIA members and Community of Practice members only.
  • Decision makers, asset owners, designers, constructors and suppliers interested in resilience.
Our Communities of Practice include: Biodiversity, BUILDOFFSITE, Driving Net Zero Carbon, Geospatial, PFAS, Sustainable soil, and susdrain.

Wednesday 17 April 2024

16:00 Registration and networking
16:30 Welcome and introduction
16:35 Increasing infrastructure resilience
Professor Jim Hall, Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks,
Oxford Programme for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems,
Environmental Change Institute,
School of Geography and the Environment,
Senior Research Fellow, Department of Engineering Science,
University of Oxford
Julie Foley, Director, FCRM Strategy and National Adaptation,
Environment Agency
17:55 Closing remarks
18:00 Networking drinks

CIRIA Council meeting
The Annual Lecture will be preceded by CIRIA's bi-annual Council Meeting from 13:30 – 16:00. Attendance is by invitation only. Please contact Tam Simmons for more details.

80 Fenchurch Street


CIRIA members Free to attend
CIRIA Community of Practice members Free to attend

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If you are experiencing issues registering online, please complete and return the booking form to Charlotte Draper.
Alternatively please call 07933 181 765 or email our customer services team.
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Further information
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Telephone: 07933 181 765
Email: [email protected]
4/17/2024 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Arcadis 80 Fenchurch Street LONDON EC3M 4BY

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