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14th Brunel International Lecture Series: Europe

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20 March 2023

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Join the ICE in partnership with ICSI as we host the European region lecture, the third instalment of the 14th Brunel International Lecture Series.

Despite the differences across European countries, the region shares several challenges. Not least the interdependencies of critical infrastructure, recognised by the EU in the recently published Critical Infrastructure Directive.

As nations strive for sustainability - whilst ensuring that their infrastructure is future-proofed and is fit for people and planet - challenges posed by ageing infrastructure, rising costs of energy, and the effects of climate change, among others, are seeing the evolution of new ideas and ways of working.

This lecture will investigate opportunities, challenges, and case studies of implementing equitable, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure specific to the Europe region, and how the global engineering community can work with others to address any barriers to success.

The opening lecture in September 2022 saw keynote speeches from Dr Joshua Macabuag, catastrophe modelling consultant and Abhilash Panda, Head of Financing Prevention, De-risking investment & Infrastructure Resilience at UNDRR. The Africa lecture in November 2022 featured an insightful talk from Vera Bukachi, an African urban development expert. Both lectures are available to watch on demand.

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International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI)

International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI)

This coalition continues to broaden participation across other stakeholder communities to accelerate innovation, adoption and scaling of strategic resilient and sustainable infrastructure solutions built upon a commitment to tangible and collaborative action.


17:00 - 17:10

Welcome by David Porter, Vice President – Learning Society, Institution of Civil Engineers

17:10 - 17:35

Keynote address by Piero Pelizzaro, Director of the National Innovation Hub for the Regeneration of Public Buildings

17:35 - 17:55

Introduction to panellists and panellist remarks

17:55 - 18:25

Panel discussion and Q&A session

18:25 - 18:30

Closing remarks and thanks by David Porter


Event close


David Porter

David Porter

Institution of Civil Engineers

vice president

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David Porter

David Porter is the Vice President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and will, subject to interim annual election by Council, become President in November 2025. As VP he has responsibility for the ICE Learning Society activity.

He is Director of Engineering and Services with the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) in their Transport and Road Asset Management core group, which is the roads authority for Northern Ireland.

David is the director of engineering within the Department for Infrastructure, In this position, David is the chief highways engineer and the head of the civil engineering profession within the Northern Ireland civil service. . Previously, he was the Chief Executive of Rivers Agency, the flood defence and drainage authority for Northern Ireland.

David is a Chartered civil engineer, a Fellow of ICE, and has served on its Council, and on numerous other committees and Panels.

Lucie Anderton

Lucie Anderton

International Union of Railways

Head of sustainability

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Lucie Anderton

As Head of Sustainability at the International Union of Railways (UIC), Lucie leads the Environmental technical topics as well as global advocacy for rail as a climate solution.

UIC is the global association of railway organisations. On secondment from Network Rail, the UK Rail Infrastructure manager, Lucie has 18 years of experience in sustainability policy and environmental management in the rail industry and major infrastructure projects.

Jeanette Muñoz Abela

Jeanette Muñoz Abela

L-Università ta' Malta

Senior Lecturer

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Jeanette Muñoz Abela

Having studied Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Malta, Jeanette went on to read for a Masters and PhD in Structural Engineering at Imperial College London. At the same institution, Jeanette also held a Post-Doctoral position and gained teaching experience working with both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Over the years, Jeanette has worked on numerous projects in various roles in both the UK and Malta. Her projects varied from stadium roofs (London Olympics main stadium legacy period, UK) to bridge design (Osman Ghazi Bridge, Turkey), medium-rise towers (Tipico Building, Malta) and hotels (Dolmen and Hilton Hotels. Malta), museums (Gozo Museum, Malta) and various residential projects. Jeanette is founding director of Bureau 105, where she focuses on the design of human-centred sustainable projects, involving community participatory design and structurally optimised solutions. She is also a co-host of ‘The Human Agenda’ podcast targeted at increasing sustainability and regenerative design processes and thoughts of the general public.

Moreover, Jeanette is also active in research and lecturing at the University of Malta within the Faculty for the Built Environment. Her areas of interest are instability of structures, topology optimisation of structures, and the interdisciplinary approach in the fusion of architecture and engineering by way of enhancing the experience and well-being of the ultimate user of the project. As part of her university commitment, Jeanette also sits on the University Senate (2019-2021), the Faculty Board (2019 – to date) and the Doctoral Committee (2019 – to date).

She is a council member of the Kamra tal-Periti (KTP) since 2016 where she acts as representative on the European Council of Civil Engineers (ECCE), Fédération Européenne d'Associations Nationales d'Ingénieurs (FEANI) and Inġiniera Malta in their General Assemblies as well as a member of the union Internationale des Architects (UIA) Committee "International Women in Architecture". Jeanette is also the Chair of the Permanent Committee on Engineering (Malta) and national representative of the International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE).

Stefan Köhler

Stefan Köhler


infrastructure advisor

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Stefan Köhler

Stefan has an educational background in Geotechnical Engineering, Law, and Business Economics. He has 35 years’ experience working in the development context in multiple countries, including small Island states, with a focus on infrastructure.

His work has largely focused on the strategic development aspects of infrastructure related to planning, design, implementation, operations, and maintenance of infrastructure, including the cross-cutting themes of asset management, sustainability, resilience, climate change and gender. He has worked in various sectors including government, NGO, private sector, and international organizations across multiple sectors including health, education, WASH, and Power.

In November 2014 Stefan joined UNOPS HQ and took on the role as head of the DRR for resilience program. He led UNOPS participation in the Sendai Conference on DRR. In March 2015, UNOPS was nominated as Chair of the International Recovery Platform (IRP) and Stefan fulfilled this role on behalf of UNOPS until March 2018. In January 2018, Stefan took the role as Country Manager for Bangladesh. Stefan currently lives in Hungary with his wife and has 2 daughters. His personal interests include open water swimming, photography, and biodynamic gardening/farming.

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