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

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

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


18:00 - Registration and welcome refreshments

18:30 - Welcome from the Chair
David Smith, Senior Vice President – Corporate Strategy, Stantec

18:40 - Keynote presentation: Using AI to assess climate risks to the built environment
Dr Emily Shuckburgh, Director of the Carbon Neutral Futures Initiative, University of Cambridge

19:30 - Panel discussion
Chair: David Smith, Senior Vice President – Corporate Strategy, Stantec
Panellists: Dr Emily Shuckburgh, Director of the Carbon Neutral Futures Initiative, University of Cambridge
Prof. Paul Jowitt, Professor of Civil Engineering Systems, Heriot-Watt University
Adrian Johnson, Technical Director, Stantec
Trevor Bishop, Director Water Resources South East (WRSE), Stantec

19:55 - Summation from the Chair
David Smith, Senior Vice President – Corporate Strategy, Stantec

20:00 - Close of lecture & drinks reception

20:30 - End of drinks reception


Chair: David Smith

David A Smith

Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Stantec

David Smith is the Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy for Stantec Inc., with over 30 years’ experience, predominantly in infrastructure delivery. He has assessed trends, operating models and best practices across the globe. He provides dedicated focus on establishing Stantec’s global strategic direction, with emphasis on implementation to drive business success. David is a member of the Stantec Inc. Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) committee. He is a passionate leader on health & safety and holds Board Director positions within Stantec’s Europe and UK operating companies and some joint venture companies, including SISTech, a sustainability consulting joint venture between Heriot Watt University and Stantec.

David holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Civil Engineering, a Master of Business Administration and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme, Harvard Business School. He has completed the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership. He is a Fellow of the UK’s Institution of Civil Engineers.

Dr Emily Shuckburgh

Dr Emily Shuckburgh

Director of the Carbon Neutral Futures Initiative, University of Cambridge

Dr Emily Shuckburgh is Director of the University of Cambridge Carbon Neutral Futures Initiative and Reader in Environmental Data Science at the Department of Computer Science and Technology. She is a mathematician and climate scientist and a Fellow of Darwin College, a Fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy and a Fellow of the British Antarctic Survey.

She leads the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training on the Application of AI to the study of Environmental Risks (AI4ER). Until April 2019 she led a UK national research programme on the Southern Ocean and its role in climate (ORCHESTRA), and was deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team and head of the Data Science Group at British Antarctic Survey.

In the past she has worked at École Normale Supérieure in Paris and at MIT. She is a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and co-chair of their Climate Science Communications Group. She has also acted as an advisor to the UK Government on behalf of the Natural Environment Research Council.

In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to science and the public communication of science. She is co-author with HRH The Prince of Wales and Tony Juniper of the Ladybird Book on Climate Change.

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.

Trevor Bishop

Adrian Johnson

Director Water Resources South East (WRSE), Stantec

Trevor has been Director at WRSE since January 2019.

As Organisational Development Director for WRSE Trevor’s key responsibilities include strategy/policy, engagement and business management. Trevor is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter.

Prior to his current role Trevor worked at Ofwat for three years on long term assignment from the Environment Agency. At Ofwat Trevor’s specific areas of work included resilience, environmental delivery, catchment approaches, clean/wastewater planning and aspects of PR19. At the Environment Agency Trevor was Deputy Director of Water Resources which included all aspects of water resource regulation, strategy and operations.

Previous to the Environment Agency Trevor worked for over 10 years in the Water Industry with a wide range of both strategic and operational roles in a number of water companies. Trevor also supports water sector international engagement and current sites on the International Water Associations Strategic Council.

Event venue

Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

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