Unwin Lecture 2016: Civil engineers’ responsibilities in a changing world, London

11 October, 2016 | 18:00 - 19:45

Urban aerial view of London at night
Urban aerial view of London at night

About this event

A major new initiative – the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure & Cities (UKCRIC) – has been launched to coordinate interdisciplinary research and develop a new coherent approach to drive delivery of world class infrastructure in the UK.

At this evening lecture, Professor Brian Collins – the leader and mastermind behind the initiative – will present its transformative vision and means of delivery.

The presentation will summaries the main global drivers of change and explore civil engineers' responsibilities in supporting the needs of future generations.

Professor Collins will also cover key topics on city sustainability, resilience and liveability, drawing on his experience as senior member of the Liveable Cities Research Consortium and leader of a Consortium for Infrastructure Interdependencies and Novel Business Models.


18:00 Registration
18:30 Welcome from the Chair
18:35 Main Presentation
19:25 Questions and Answers
19:40 Summation from the Chair
19:45 Close of lecture


Chris Rogers, Chair

Chris Rogers

Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Birmingham.
Chair of ICE’s Innovation & Research Panel.

Chris Rogers, Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Birmingham, Chair of ICE’s Innovation & Research Panel. Chris is also a member of the Lead Expert Group of the Foresight Future of Cities project, and leads cross-disciplinary research into city futures (Designing Resilient Cities, Liveable Cities) and how we use underground space (Mapping and Assessing the Underworld).


Brian Collins

Brian Collins

Professor of Engineering Policy, UCL
Director, International Centre for Infrastructure Futures (ICIF)

Brian Collins served as specialist adviser to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry into scientific infrastructure in 2013 and 2014. Before joining UCL, he served as Chief Scientific Advisor (CSA) to two Government departments (Transport 2006-11; Business Innovation and Skills 2009-11), with responsibility for overseeing science, engineering and technological activities, and ensuring that rigorous science and engineering evidence is used systematically throughout both Departments’ policy processes (particularly including investment policy).