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Climate Literacy

Event organised by Ingenieurs et Scientifique de France

28 March 2022
19:00 - 21:00 BST (GMT+1)

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Climate chaos and ecological diversity are complex and fascinating branches of science, which are evolving at pace. Whilst the explanation of what is happening is in the realm of science, the solutions are in the realm of technology. Their implementation requires both political will and significant economic investment, with national factors only complicating matters in trying to forge a global consensus. This is the conundrum and challenge of our time, as could be seen at COP26 in Glasgow.

Norman will take an overview of the climate emergency. He will look at the underlying science and its history to explain how we have got to where we are now. This is timely, in that it is 14 years since the 2008 Climate Change Act and we have already expended a third of the time to 2050.

Norman will explore some of the current big ticket issues confronting the policy makers as they plan a route to net zero carbon and will highlight a number of shortfalls in these plans. He will consider what constitutes sustainability before finally, looking at the challenges that we are all facing as both professional engineers and individuals in the 2020’s.

This is one of the most prestigious events in the IESF calendar. All are welcome to join IESF members for pre-lecture refreshments at 5.30 pm and a drinks reception after the lecture.


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Norman Train

Norman Train

AK Structures


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Norman Train

Norman Train, graduated from Leeds University in Architectural Engineering and worked in site investigations and road design before joining the London office of W G Curtin and Partners. Aged 29, he opened his own office and has been unemployable ever since. He formed Train & Kemp in 1992. This became TAK Structures in 2020 for which he is now a consultant. His principal structural interests are foundations, refurbishments and buildability.

Norman was President of the Institution of Structural Engineers in 2010 and in his inaugural address entitled “Opportunities with Change”, he considered climate change, embodied CO2 and sustainability. As President of IESF British Section in 2022, he proposes to continue with Climate Literacy as his theme for the year.

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