Dugald Clerk Lecture 2017: The resilience of Britain's water supplies in an uncertain future, London

6 February, 2017 | 18:00 - 19:45

Ensuring the resilience of the UK
Ensuring the resilience of the UK's water supply.

About this event

The National Needs Assessment published in October 2016 provided a vision for the UK, recommending to government the steps and interventions required to meet the UK’s key infrastructure needs.

For the water sector, the report highlighted the need to secure supply in light of pressures from climate change and population growth. At this lecture Professor Hall will explore in more depth the challenges, risks, interdependencies and possible solutions, including how technology can help us, covering:

  • The risks of water shortage in Britain have not been properly recognised. Climate change and population growth are putting pressure on water supplies
  • New multi-scale modelling and simulation are providing the tools to analyse risks and appraise cost-effective responses
  • Innovation in technologies (from the small scale household technologies to large-scale inter-basin transfers) and regulatory arrangements are needed to enhance the resilience of water supply systems

This event forms part of the water management strand of the ICE's Energy, Resilience & Climate Change campaign - a series of work addressing the most critical challenges facing civil engineers.


18:00 Registration and welcome refreshments

18:30 Welcome from the Chair

18:35 The resilience of Britain’s water supplies in an uncertain future
Prof Jim Hall FREng FICE – Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks, Director of the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford.

19:20 Questions and Answers

19:40 Summation from the Chair

19:45 Close of lecture


Professor Jim Hall FREng FICE

Professor Jim Hall

Professor Jim Hall FREng FICE is Director of the Environmental Change Institute and Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks in the University of Oxford. His research focuses upon management of climate-related risks in infrastructure systems, in particular relating to various dimensions of water security, including flooding and water scarcity.

Jim Hall is a member of the UK independent Committee on Climate Change Adaptation. He is a member of the Engineering Policy Committee of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Public Voice Committee of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He was a member of the panel conducting the Institution of Civil Engineer’s 2014 State of the Nation Infrastructure assessment.

Until 2015 Jim Hall was co-chair of the Global Water Partnership / OECD Task Force on the Economics of Water Security and Sustainable Growth. He leads the UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium, which has developed the world’s first national infrastructure simulation models for appraisal of national infrastructure investment and risks.