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ICE Breaking Dialogue: Climate Change Adaption vs Mitigation, Middlesbrough

  • Lecture
  • Middlesbrough
  • 18 February 2020
  • 17:45 - 20:00
ICE Breaking Dialogue: Climate Change Adaption vs Mitigation, Middlesbrough

About this event

In a world with massive and rapid changes in technology and tighter fiscal boundaries how will engineers need to position themselves to deliver key infrastructure? What skills will engineers need?

Climate Change believers, non-believers, engineers, non-engineers, students and educators of all disciplines are welcome to this debate which should offer some thought provoking and interesting discussion.

In a world of financial constraints, we all need to manage our money effectively. Given the Climate Emergency we are facing and the uncertainties which lie ahead how do we allocate time, talent and money between these two concepts?

A variety of speakers and our Panel Chair will provide thought provoking ideas to enable all to contribute to this healthy debate. Do we mitigate (reduce or prevent emission of greenhouse gases) or adapt (minimise the effects of climate change)? Do Engineers, or anyone else, fully understand the concept of climate change adaptation?

We shall explore:

  • how we seek to reduce harm and exploit opportunities by adjusting existing designs to accommodate the climate and its effects (Adaption)
  • what conversations are currently on-going to reduce or prevent emission of greenhouse gases (Mitigation).

There is much to debate and discuss including:

  • Given our current thinking is mainly focused on Mitigation why are not meeting our targets?
  • What climate change scenario should we prepare for?
  • Is Adaptation receiving enough attention from researchers, policy makers and the industry?
  • Should we spend more on climate change adaptation to protect the public and the economy?
  • If we allocate more resources for adaptation, will less resources for mitigation create greater consequences in the future?
  • With this significant degree of uncertainty what are our financial risks and how are we dealing with them?
  • Are we doing enough?

We shall welcome everyone at 17:45 where you can network with some light refreshments. The debate will start at 18:15 with an expected close circa 19:30.

The debate is in the main lecture theatre of The Stephenson Building.

Information on parking around the university.

This debate is hosted jointly by ICE Regional Advisory Board (RAB) and the ICE Teesside Branch. Special thanks to the ICE Graduates and Students who via the Climate Change Forum have provided ideas and food for thought.

This event could broaden your knowledge and skills, and develop personal qualities hence count towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Registration preferred, non ICE Members can sign in as guests.


Ian Hodge

Ian Hodge

Deputy Director, Flood & Coastal Risk Management
Head of Investment and Delivery Assurance & FCRM Portfolio
Environment Agency

Ian is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Ian has almost 30 years’ experience in flood and coastal risk management, spanning a range of engineering and executive leadership roles, Ian’s work is focussed on high quality infrastructure investment and delivery assurance, ensuring investment decisions are robustly appraised, innovation is embraced and shared, risks are managed and value for money is achieved across the Flood and Coastal Risk management investment programme for England.

Ian’s portfolio includes the Environment Agency Large Projects Review Group (LPRG), Major Projects Governance and the National Engineering and Innovation Panel. Ian also leads the Environment Agency’s input to collaboration on engineering matters with international partners such as KRING Van Zeewerende Ingenieurs (Circle of Coastal Engineers) and is a British Standards Institute Committee Member.

Ian is a member of the Infrastructure Client Group: Risk Group and chair’s the ICE/Teesside University Industrial Liaison Group as is a member of the University’s Advisory Board.

Dr Caspar Hewett

Dr Caspar Hewett

Our Panel shall be chaired by Dr Caspar Hewett who is the Director of The Great Debate, a community organisation that has maintained a space for public debate in the North East of England since 1998. He is a lecturer in the water group and Acting Director of Infrastructure Research in the School of Engineering at Newcastle University and Honorary Fellow of the Department of Geography at Durham University.

Casper has over twenty five years of research experience in academia, industry and the private sector and has taught and lectured a variety of subjects including Global Water Resources, numerical methods, fluid mechanics, hydraulics, catchment management, Geographical Information Systems, mathematics, market research techniques, engineering ethics, philosophy of science and environmental issues. His current research focuses on engineering interventions to improve the environment.

Follow Caspar on Twitter: @casparhewett
Follow The Great Debate on Twitter: @greatdebateuk

Event venue

Teesside University
School of Science Engineering and Design
Stephenson Building Main Lecture Theatre
Middlesbrough TS1 3BA
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Jade Robson

e: [email protected]