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Exhibition urges young people to help engineer a net zero world

Date
12 December 2023

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is the latest stop for the ICE’s Time Is Running Out exhibition.

Exhibition urges young people to help engineer a net zero world
ICE STEM ambassadors are helping to support the exhibition and provide extra activities for schools.

New locations have been added for the ICE’s Time Is Running Out touring exhibition, which highlights the central role of civil engineers in tackling climate change.

The latest stop in the exhibition's UK tour is the National Botanic Garden of Wales in Carmarthenshire, which will host it until 7 January 2024.

Families and young people visiting the garden with its winter light trail will be able to experience the Time Is Running Out exhibition as an added bonus.

The exhibition focuses on the future of infrastructure and the role of civil engineers in helping society meet net zero targets by 2045 in Scotland, and 2050 across the remainder of the UK.

Keith Jones, regional director for ICE Wales Cymru, welcomed the exhibition's arrival in the country.

He said: "Welcoming such an impactful exhibition into Wales that not only engages young people but adults alike, is important to spark conversation about the global problems that affect the future of infrastructure.

"Having the exhibition in-situ during the Christmas school holidays will be a great opportunity for all visitors to engage and learn about engineering a net zero world as we move forward to 2024."

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Time Is Running Out - Help us engineer a net zero world

The exhibition explores the future of infrastructure, focusing on how civil engineers can find sustainable solutions in sectors such as transport, energy and water.

Its aim is to inspire young people who are passionate about the environment to consider civil engineering as a career.

It will show that the industry can make a tangible difference on climate change and contribute to the UK’s legally binding net zero target by 2050.

family at TIRO exhibition
The exhibition launched at Bristol Airport in June 2022.

Based around three illuminated pods, the exhibition features original hand-drawn illustrations and profiles of civil engineers.

Six questions are explored:

  • Why don't we value water?
  • What can we do to end waste?
  • Can we keep travelling?
  • Do we need smarter cities?
  • Where will our energy come from?
  • How do we live with flooding?

TV presenter, Rob Bell, talks to children about the questions in a series of short films embedded within the pods. The films also showcase award-winning engineering projects from across the UK.

Paul Harper
ICE Northern Ireland member, Paul Harper, at the exhibition.

The exhibition also features ICE Fellow Paul Harper, director of asset delivery at NI Water, who explores the question 'where will our energy come from?'.

"Civil Engineers help us generate energy from the sun, sea, wind, hydro, water, geothermal and circular resources in a renewable sustainable way," he said.

Touring the country

tiro ni activities for kids
The Northern Ireland stop includes activities to help the children learn.

The exhibition kicks off in 2024 at Xplore! Science Discovery Centre in Wrexham, North Wales on 9 January through to 31 March.

Further appearances throughout the UK will be announced in 2024.

Thousands of people are expected to see the exhibition during its two-year tour. The ICE’s network of STEM Ambassadors are also supporting the exhibition by offering extra educational enrichment activities for schools in certain locations.

Visit the exhibition website for supporting information about infrastructure, net zero challenges and how to become a civil engineer.

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The exhibition is supported by Arup, Environment Agency, Graham, Jones Bros, Laing O’Rourke, National Highways, Network Rail and Tony Gee and Partners.

  • Jessica Shardlow, communications lead - UK regions at Institution of Civil Engineers