ICE North East G&S and Engineers Without Borders presents: The Innovation Debate 2016, Newcastle

29 November, 2016 | 17:45 - 21:00

ICE NE G&S Debate  - June 2016.
ICE NE G&S Debate - June 2016.

About this event

The manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and technological sectors all boast reputations as leaders of innovation. The construction industry is lagging behind. Why is this? What are the other industries doing differently? Can the construction industry replicate their work ethic and maximise the opportunities for new innovative methodologies and production techniques?

The global construction market is forecast to grow by over 70% by 2025 and in order for the UK to be at the forefront of this growth the construction sector needs to innovate. This topic was looked at by the 2015 ICE President's Apprentices who produced a report.

The ICE North East Graduate and Students Committee, in partnership with Engineers Without Borders (Newcastle University), invites you to attend and contribute to an evening of discussion based around the statement:

"Cultural changes will be more important than technological changes in creating an innovative construction industry"

The evening will see five panellists present their views on whether a cultural change or technological developments will lead to greater innovation and allow the construction industry to innovate to meet the demands of a rapidly changing world.

The debate will be chaired by ICE North East Regional Chairman Graham Yates and the debate panel will include distinguished representatives including:

  • Nigel Watson – Group IS Director for Northumbrian Water Limited
  • Mark Bailey – Director, Innovation Design – Northumbria University
  • Mark Thompson –Board Member for the North East Local Enterprise Partnership
  • George Marston - Innovation Board Member for the North East Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Daryl Charlton – Site Engineer – BAM Nuttall

The event will be proceeded by a period of networking where a hot buffet will be provided and following the event the Mining Institute bar will remain open.