Annual Debate

Annual Debate 2018

CIRIA is currently seeking industry input and support for the 2018 debate. To find out more or get involved please contact William Gates.  

Annual Debate 2017

Following the success of CIRIA's inaugural debate in June 2016, CIRIA held its second Annual Debate, Sustainable Cities - Is there a future? Is it green? on Thursday 22 June 2017 at the Royal Society in London. The debate brought together a highly regarded panel of experts to discuss the current issues of environmental sustainability in a new Urban Era.

Attracting professionals from across the engineering and built environment sector, the event explored the 21st century challenges of balancing economic growth, environmental protection and social inclusion for future cities and infrastructure systems. 

Speakers included; 
  • Prof Peter Head CBE,  Founder & Chief Executive Officer of the Ecological Sequestration Trust (Debate chair) 
  • Sally Uren, Chief Executive, Forum for the Future 
  • Professor Steffen Lehmann, Professor of Sustainable Architecture and Founding Director of the Cluster for Sustainable Cities, University of Portsmouth
  • Malcolm Smith, Arup Fellow – Masterplanning and Urban Design, Arup 
  • Sarah Toy, Bristol City Council 
Sponsor Benefits
  • A short 5 minute speaking slot during the annual debate networking reception 
  • Exhibition/display opportunity (subject to venue restrictions), sponsor logo on event signage 
  • Opportunities for media coverage through debate related press releases
  • Brand exposure during promotion, delivery and follow up communications of regional events 
  • Brand placement on the CIRIA network programme (30 plus events per annum) 
  • Analytics and evaluation report with key stats relating to reach, brand exposure and success factors specific to sponsor organisation 
  • Dedicated sponsors profile page within the ‘sponsor showcase’ on the main CIRIA website
  • Significant social media exposure via Twitter and LinkedIn 
  • 4 x tickets to the lecture 
Annual debate sponsorship £4k + VAT
To discuss annual debate sponsorship or other potential sponsorship opportunities please contact William Gates at CIRIA 020 7549 3300 or email