Professor Paul Jowitt, Professor of Civil Engineering Systems in the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure, and Society, will be the key speaker at the first of the 'Shaping the World' lecture series on Resilience, in conjunction with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE ) and sponsored by Heriot-Watt University and engineering consultants MWH.
Shaping the World, launched in 2013 with Princess Anne as Patron, aims to bring together the greatest civil engineering minds across the globe to help alleviate the effects of major future challenges such as population growth and climate change and ultimately ensure that infrastructure is resilient, adaptable and available to all.
'Getting into Shape'
Professor Jowitt, past President of ICE, will be giving the first of the project's annual lectures, 'Getting into Shape', at the ICE headquarters in London on 1 December. It will look at vulnerability to a range of natural and other threats, the role of engineers in maintaining and creating resilient infrastructure, where the financial burden falls and how we can better prepare for the future.
MWH Global strategy director David Smith will also speak and ICE President David Balmforth will chair.
The lecture, on Monday 1 Dec at 18.00, is open and free to watch, either in London or online.