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Brunel International Lecture Series: Opening lecture, webinar

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 02 December 2020
  • 12:00 - 13:30
Brunel International Lecture Series: Opening lecture, webinar

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Travelling virtually around the world, Seth Schultz will present his lecture alongside a regional panel of key industry thought leaders. From both a global and local perspective, they will debate some of the biggest issues facing the planet and the profession, before answering audience questions.

The 13th Brunel International Lecture Series is launching on 02 December 2020 where ICE President, Rachel Skinner welcomes attendees.

The Resilience Shift - Securing our future through resilient infrastructure

More people than ever depend on the critical infrastructure systems that provide essential energy, water, transport and communications services, and underpin food, healthcare and education. When this infrastructure fails the consequences can be catastrophic. The Resilience Shift exists to inspire and empower a global community to make the world safer through resilient infrastructure.

The International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure – Engineering a more sustainable, just and resilient future

Mobilizing an engineering-led coalition to make resilience and sustainability a cornerstone of every decision in the infrastructure lifecycle in every community around the globe.

Discover more about the lecture series and Seth Schultz.


  • Welcome from ICE president, Rachel Skinner
  • Premiere of 13th Brunel International Lecture Series animation
  • Presentation by Seth Schultz
  • Panel discussion and Q&A session


Mark Hansford, Chair

Director, ICE

Mark Hansford

Mark is passionate about civil engineering. He is a civil engineer; he is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers; and throughout his 20-plus year career he has sought roles that have allowed him to work with others to both promote the profession and provide professional engineers with the information to help them become better engineers.

That passion for the industry stems from his 20-plus year association with it. He has a MEng in Civil Engineering (First class) from the University of Birmingham and spent three years as a practicing engineer with consultant Atkins before joining New Civil Engineer in 2000, a title he edited for five years before joining the ICE in February 2020.

As a practicing civil engineer he carried out water supply and distribution analysis in the UK and overseas, spending several months in Ghana conducting a fixed asset condition and revaluation study of its 100 largest urban water schemes.

At New Civil Engineer he’s visited and written technical reports on some of the world’s most spectacular structures in including the Burj Khalifa, the Brenner Base Tunnel and Vladivostok’s Russky Island bridge.

He’s also reported from the scene of a host of international engineering disasters including a bridge collapse in northern Portugal, a tunnel fire in Baltimore and tsunami-struck Sri Lanka. And in 2003 he was the first construction reporter into Iraq following the second Gulf War.

Beyond the ICE, Mark volunteers time to judge numerous industry awards and in recognition of his efforts to promote the profession was in 2016 invited to join the Worshipful Company of Paviors, a City of London Livery Company that works to promote the highways industry and provide opportunities for young people through its London Highway Academy.

Rachel Skinner BSc(Hons) MSc(Eng) FREng CEng FICE CTPP FCIHT

President, ICE

Rachel Skinner

Rachel is Executive Director (Transport) of WSP and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. She is also the President of the Institution of Civil Engineers. In 2019, she was appointed by the Scottish Government as a Commissioner for the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland. Rachel is a Patron of Women in Transport (a not-for-profit), having been one of its founding board members since 2005. She is a chartered engineer, chartered transport planner and an ICE Fellow and Trustee.

Rachel was named in The Telegraph’s inaugural Top 50 Influential Women in Engineering in 2016, then in 2017 she won both “Most Distinguished Winner” and “Best Woman in Civil Engineering” at the European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards. In 2019 she was confirmed by the Financial Times as one of the UK’s Top 100 Women in Engineering. She is regularly invited to give keynote conference presentations and to chair or participate in panel discussions at national industry events.

A transport planner and geographer by technical background, Rachel has authored and co-authored several publications, most recently on driverless vehicles, shared mobility and future place-making. She is involved with strategic projects for clients across the public and private sectors, including leadership of a growing portfolio of future mobility projects in the UK and overseas.

Seth Schultz

Seth Schultz

Seth Schultz is executive director of The Resilience Shift, a movement focused on making the world safer through resilient infrastructure. Seth is leading work to accelerate the theory and practice of resilience for critical infrastructure systems. He has a long track record of building consensus and initiating change in sustainable development and urban resilience.

With a 20-year career as a geologist and environmental scientist, Seth has worked with leading organisations to drive change in urban sustainability and raise awareness of the role of cities in tackling climate change. He is a founding partner of the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure, a global coalition of organisations from across the engineering, investment, city and philanthropic communities.

Clifford Francis

ICE President’s Future Leader 2020-21

Clifford Francis

Cliff is a Project Manager with nmcn, and one of the current ICE President's Future Leaders for 2020-2021. Cliff studied Civil Engineering at Plymouth University and is currently delivering Bathing Water Improvement and Water Quality projects within the AMP7 Major Civils framework with South West Water. He also has previous experience delivering Civil Engineering works on both Rail and Highways infrastructure.

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