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The 6th Annual ICE, Heriot-Watt University and Stantec Resilience lecture, Edinburgh

  • Lecture
  • Edinburgh
  • 27 November 2019
  • 18:00 - 20:30
The 6th Annual ICE, Heriot-Watt University and Stantec Resilience lecture, Edinburgh

About this event

This lecture has been jointly written Dr Emily Shuckburgh OBE, Director of the Carbon Neutral Futures Initiative, University of Cambridge and Dr Scott Hosking, Head of the Environmental Data Science Group, British Antarctic Survey.

This lecture will cover:

  • Understand how engineers can improve their quantification of climate related risks to inform aspects within the built environment
  • Discuss the challenges associated with trying to generate local scale climate projections and challenges of understanding how this maps through to design specifications
  • Hear about tools used to overcome these challenges, including the use of machine learning and AI
  • Challenge the guidelines and legislation around flood risk for climate related specifications

Panel discussion: climate, AI and resilience

Five questions for a resilient future:

  • Are Governments doing enough to deal with climate change? Who will be most effective in getting Governments to do more – public institutions, engineering companies and others in the private sector, the universities, NGOs, activists or public demonstrations? What is the proper role of professional institutions like ours?
  • What are the limiting factors in dealing with climate change? Is it about policy, attitudes, education and behaviour or is technology and AI the answer?
  • In some quarters it has become fashionable to ignore the experts. How do we change that?
  • "Listen to the Science" says Greta Thunberg. Where is Engineering’s Greta Thunberg and what is she saying?
  • How much do we need to do and how long have we got? Can we do enough in time or is our best hope Elon Musk and a quick flit to Mars?
Heriot-Watt Uni
Stantec

Programme

18:00 - Registration and welcome refreshments

18:30 - Welcome from the Chair
Prof. Paul Jowitt, Professor of Civil Engineering Systems, Heriot-Watt University

18:40 - Keynote presentation: Using AI to assess climate risks to the built environment
Dr Scott Hosking, Head of the Environmental Data Science Group, British Antarctic Survey

19:30 - Panel discussion
Chair: Prof. Paul Jowitt, Professor of Civil Engineering Systems, Heriot-Watt University
Panellists: Dr Scott Hosking, Head of the Environmental Data Science Group, British Antarctic Survey
David Smith, Senior Vice President – Corporate Strategy, Stantec
Adrian Johnson, Technical Director, Stantec

19:55 - Summation from the Chair
Prof. Paul Jowitt, Professor of Civil Engineering Systems, Heriot-Watt University

20:00 - Close of lecture & drinks reception

Speakers

Chair: Prof. Paul Jowitt

Prof Paul Jowitt

Professor of Civil Engineering Systems, Heriot-Watt University

Paul Jowitt is Professor of Civil Engineering at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. He is currently President of the Commonwealth Engineers Council and a Past President (2009-10) of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). In 2003 he chaired the ICE Presidential Commission - “Engineering without Frontiers” - to examine society’s expectations of the civil engineer in the 21st Century and the engineer’s contribution to meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals. He was awarded a CBE in 2011.

Paul Jowitt was the author of the ICE’s 6th Brunel International Lecture “Engineering Civilisation from the Shadows” which addressed the twin issues of Poverty and Climate Change. The lecture was delivered at over 40 venues in 16 different countries.

He is Chair of Engineers Against Poverty and a Trustee of Engineers for Change (Sierra Leone). He is also a member of the Steering Group for the GCRF-DfID-funded Africa Catalyst Programme, managed by the RAEng.

Dr Scott Hosking

Dr Scott Hosking

Head of the Environmental Data Science Group, British Antarctic Survey

Scott Hosking is an Environmental Data Scientist at the British Antarctic Survey. His research involves using AI and machine learning techniques on vast and various datasets, including the output from global climate models and weather stations.

The primary aims of Scott’s work are to identify and understand the key mechanisms that drive year-to-year climate variability over vulnerable regions, the changes in frequency and strength of extreme weather events, and to reduce uncertainties in future climate predictions.

His roles include:

Adrian Johnson

Adrian Johnson

Technical Director, Stantec

Adrian is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Technical Director at Stantec with 27 years professional experience, specialising in sustainable development. He has supported various water company capital programmes and has led research and pilot studies on topics such as carbon accounting, sustainable water and wastewater systems, catchment thinking, resource efficiency, climate change, natural and social capital, and resilience.

Adrian has worked on a capital delivery alliance, implementing a carbon and sustainability strategy. He is also providing consultancy support to a number of water companies on carbon management.

Adrian is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He chaired a Technical Advisory Panel for the development of PAS 2080 on Carbon Management in Infrastructure for the Green Construction Board. Adrian is also an Honorary Professor in the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society at Heriot Watt University.

Event venue

Heriot-Watt University
The Avenue
Edinburgh
Edinburgh EH14 4AS
United Kingdom

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ICE Events Team

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