Event archive

Event Organiser: ICE

Bicentenary Water Lecture: The past, present and future, London

  • Lecture
  • London
  • 19 September 2018
  • 18:30 - 20:30
Bicentenary Water Lecture: The past, present and future, London

About this event

As part of our bicentenary celebrations, ICE will host a special lecture on 19 September exploring the past, present and future of water engineering.  

We cannot live without water; access to it, and its use and disposal have defined civilisation. Globally the combination of increasing urbanisation, population growth and climate change offer new challenges, but technological changes also offer new possibilities. 

Presented by Professor Chris Binnie, the ICE 200 lecture will look back at the progress made in water engineering during the Institution’s first hundred years – as seen through the eyes of Chris’ great-grandfather - London’s Chief Engineer and an ICE President.   

Professor Binnie will discuss progress made in the last 100 years, before casting forward to possibilities for the future. The final act will be presented as a lecture from a Mars colony - looking at how population growth, climate change, sea level rise, increased flooding, greater droughts, and the development of technology changed the water landscape and how engineers coped with the challenges.

Register today to join this free and unique journey through water engineering. 


Chris Binnie

Chris Binnie

Chris Binnie is a fourth generation water engineer. After graduating from Cambridge University he took the dam design and hydro power courses at Imperial College. In the 1970s he worked for Binnie & Partners as Project Engineer on the 1,600 MW Dinorwic pumped storage scheme in Snowdonia. For 15 years he was the Director of the Water Consultancy division of WSAtkins, then becoming a Main Board Director.

In the 1980s he was on the Management Board of the Severn Tidal Power Group. From 2008-2010 he chaired the DECC Independent Technical & Engineering Expert Panel for the Severn Tidal Power Studies. Since then he was on the Advisory Board for the tidal energy studies of the Mersey and the Wyre barrages. In 2016 he was a consultant to itp providing technical support to the Hendry Review of the future of tidal power from lagoons, currently awaiting government response.

He was President of the Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management in its centenary year. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering for 20 years and of the Institution of Civil Engineers for longer. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Exeter University.

Event venue

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

For more information please contact:

ICE Events Team

e: events@ice.org.uk