Advancing technology: the good, the bad and the ... need to manage the hazards, London

28 March, 2017 | 18:00 - 20:30

Safety starts with design.
Safety starts with design.

About this event

With an ever growing population, increasing urbanisation, the development of new materials, changing workplaces and rising aspirations for living standards, the natural balances of the earth are being stretched. The risks that affect humanity are changing in type and are growing in scale, impact and longevity. Dust and pollution events, the increased magnitude and effects of floods and our vulnerability to events like 9/11 illustrate our more integrated and optimised world.

Technology changes the profile of risks – in many cases improving our management of them, but in other ways introducing new and greater hazards as criticality and interconnectedness increase. In addition, our risk appetite is changing, as a result of our belief that we can manage risks more closely.

We have pleasure in announcing that Tim Broyd, 152nd President of the Institution of Civil Engineers will be chairing the event.

Please note: Attendance is by invitation only.


For more information and to book, please contact:

Tim Fuller

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Mike Webster, Principal, MPW R&R

In the opening presentation, Mike Webster will present an overview of the social and technical context. Mike works closely with corporates, regulators, insurers and the legal profession. His specialisations are the longevity and engineered quality of concrete structures and construction health and safety management. His long, global, experience in these fields gives him far-reaching oversight into the changing risk profiles in society, particularly in the urban realm.

David Johnson, Head, Centre for Large Scale Testing and Evaluation, Health and Safety Executive

David will discuss how the UK regulator identifies emerging technologies and how it develops the scientific evidence base to regulate in a proportionate manner. He will then focus on a number of disruptive technologies such as composites, additive manufacturing and cobotics, exploring how these could influence the UK work and asset base. His science base and interaction with industry brings rigour to his approach.

Jon Gascoigne Senior Risk Advisor, Willis Towers Watson

Jon will present the highly pragmatic insurance perspective. Jon is a specialist in the insurance industry, designing, managing and delivering innovative products for the catastrophic loss assessment of natural and non-natural hazards. His work has increasingly focussed on regulatory aspects of model validation, own view of risk and risk communication. He presents widely on aspects of catastrophe modelling in a changing world. His firm, Willis Towers Watson, is a global advisory, broking and solutions company.