Brunel International Lecture Series

The Brunel International Lecture series was established in 1999 in memory of Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859), one of the world’s most respected pioneering engineers.

ICE's 11th Brunel International Lecture Series.
ICE's 11th Brunel International Lecture Series.

Each lecturer is chosen for his or her contribution to civil engineering. It is also a forum to strengthened the links between ICE and the engineering institutions both in the UK and abroad.

This year’s 11th Brunel International Lecture Series titled From Risk to Resilience: Practise Made Perfect?, is delivered by Eelco H. Dykstra, MD.

About this event

The lecture series will provide attendees with a unique and region-specific perspective on emergency management.

Exploring the neuralgic role engineers have to play in dealing with extreme scenarios and the importance of efficiently collaborating with all relevant stakeholders, to ensure resilience of strategic infrastructure and cities as a whole.


Eelco Dykstra

Eelco H. Dykstra, MD, is Executive Chairman of Daily Impact Emergency Management (DIEM)

With thirty years of international emergency management experience in a wide variety of settings and a proven ability to effectively deal with European, US, African and Asian approaches to emergency management systems and their respective stakeholders, Eelco is an acclaimed presenter and motivator, particularly with interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and inter- sector audiences.


Each 90-minute lecture will consist of four parts, delivered in a creative, interactive way to create a sense of co-ownership with the audience:

  1. Common Frame of Reference
    The lecture starts with the creation of a ‘Common Frame of Reference’ covering issues such as semantics and terminology, a few formulas, basic principles of risk/crisis communication and a brief forecasting exercise.
  2. Nine Universal Roadblocks (NUR) Model
    A brief overview of the ‘Nine Universal Roadblocks’ Model will be given. These are universally lamented problems for which acceptable solutions are not found. The audience will be asked to prioritize these roadblocks.
  3. Reality-fiction scenario
    The audience will be immersed in a “what If…?” scenario and be given an opportunity to offer conclusions and recommendations.
  4. Questions and Answers
    The lecture will finish with a Q&A session, allowing the audience to discuss any of the points that have been raised.

DIEM also offers an optional seminar (half day) and workshop (full day) at selected locations. For more information, please email


This lecture is being held in a number of locations. Simply click the location of your choice below to find out further details.

Sponsorship opportunities

If you would like to sponsor this lecture, please contact:

Anne Hardy
t: + 335 4969 7946 CET
m: + 336 3249 1272