Day one of GEC (Monday 22 October) will set the stage by looking at the role of engineering in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Following opening remarks from ICE Director General Nick Baveystock and ICE President Robert Mair, the first two keynotes will cover two aspects of sustainable development.
UNESCO’s director of the Ecological and Earth Science Division, Miguel Clusener-Godt, will bring creative responses to the challenges of sustainable development, while Dr Marlene Kanga, president of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), will talk about engineering leadership for it.
Another UNESCO representative will give a talk on how the agenda to increase the number of women in STEM is progressing globally - and what the organisation is doing to improve the situation.
Other sessions will look at water management strategies around the world, clean transport initiatives, and techniques for fostering engineering talent for the future.
Innovation, AI, and corruption
Dr Walter Weigel, vice-president of the Huawei European Research Institute (ERI), will inspire delegates with insight into the Chinese telecoms company’s approach to the UN SDGs, and the important role of innovation.
In the afternoon session, innovation will also be a key focus for Baidu, China’s answer to Google.
Baidu will be speaking about how the internet giant will apply AI technology to city design, construction, implementation and operations.
The day will be rounded off with a keynote address from Neill Stansbury, founder of the Global Infrastructure Anti-Corruption Centre, who’ll be asking if engineers are doing enough to stop corruption.
Mr Stansbury will look at how the situation has reached what he calls a ‘crisis’ for the industry and calls on engineers to work together to stop it taking place – now.
The full programme for the first day of GEC can be found here.
Read about day two highlights at GEC.