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Dugald Clerk Lecture 2019: Water supply in 50 years’ time, London

  • Lecture
  • London
  • 01 April 2019
  • 18:00 - 19:45
Dugald Clerk Lecture 2019: Water supply in 50 years’ time, London

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The need for everyone involved in the water sector to change the way they do things is increasingly recognised, not just within the industry but by wider society and customers too. The multiple interacting pressures of climate change, population and ageing infrastructure together with the need to protect the water environment mean that we all need to transform the way we provide and use water services. But what might a sustainable and resilient water system actually look like?

Professor Joby Boxall from the University of Sheffield is the leader of the innovative EPSRC sponsored TWENTY65 consortium that is addressing just this issue. TWENTY65 are working in partnership across the water sector to tailor water systems so that they positively impact health, the environment, the economy and society.

In this lecture, Professor Boxall will discuss:

  • The vision of the TWENTY65 consortium
  • Progress in the themes of disruptive research being undertaken, spanning the technical and social, highlighting key advances and opportunities
  • Opportunities and obstacles for the future, and how the sector and different sociotechnical advances need to work together and combine in different ways to deliver sustainable resilient water for the future


18:00 Registration and refreshments
18:30 Welcome from the Chair
18:35 Main lecture
19:20 Questions and answers
19:40 Summation from the Chair
19:45 Close of lecture


Chair: Craig Woodhouse

Craig Woodhouse

Chair of the ICE Water Panel and Deputy Director, Flood Modelling & Forecasting, Environment Agency.

Joby Boxall

Joby Boxall

Joby Boxall is Professor of Water Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Sheffield, and Head of Department of Civil and Structural Engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer and Environmentalist and Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.

Joby’s research interests are concerned with understanding and modelling hydraulic, water quality and infrastructure performance throughout the natural and urban environment. His research interests are multi-disciplinary and have a number of cross cutting themes that include research in full-scale operational systems, pilot and laboratory systems, with the application of theoretical, computational and analytical approaches.

His current research focus is on water distribution systems, covering many aspects of both quantity, with an emphasis on leakage, and quality, encompassing physical, biological and chemical processes and interactions. He has developed and leads the use of internationally unique laboratory based pilot pipeline testing facilities. He is leading the EPSRC grand challenge consortium on sustainable clean water for all, TWENTY65.

Event venue

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

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