Engineering Civilisation towards UN SDGs | London to host ICE/WFEO-led Global Engineering Congress 2018

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London will host in October 2018 the first Global Engineering Congress, an ambitious effort to agree a global response to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

This five-day congress will take place at the headquarters of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in Westminster, London, from 22 to 26 October 2018.

 

This global gathering, led by the ICE and World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) in association with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Commonwealth Engineers Council (CEC), the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) and the European Council of Civil Engineers (ECCE), falls within the ICE’s and WFEO’s 200th and 50th anniversary years, respectively, as well as Government’s Year of Engineering.

 

A number of high profile speakers will feature in the five days and among them will be:

  • Professor Lord Robert Mair (President, Institution of Civil Engineers ICE)
  • Valerie Agberagba (Vice-President, World Federation of Engineering Organisations WFEO)
  • Saniye Gulser Corat (Head of Gender Section, UNESCO)
  • Christoph Frei (Secretary General and CEO, World Energy Council)
  • Danielle Gaillard Picher (Director of Policy and Programmes, World Water Council)
  • Hartwig Schaefer (Vice President Global Themes, World Bank)
  • Michael Auer (President, International Federation of Engineering Education Societies IFEES)
  • Dame Ann Dowling (President, Royal Academy of Engineering)
  • Robin Kemper (President, American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE)
  • Susan Tighe (President, Canadian Society of Civil Engineers CSCE)
  • Alain Bentejac (President, Federation of Global Consulting Engineers FIDIC)
  • Susan Freeman-Greene (CEO, Engineering New Zealand)

 

The congress will cover five themes in the five days:

Day 1 | Role of Engineering in progressing the UN SDGs

Day 2 | Financing and Collaboration

Day 3 | Resilience and Environmental Impact

Day 4 | Infrastructure and Digitisation

Day 5 | Innovation and Technology

 

Day 1 | Role of Engineering in progressing the UN SDGs

 

Day One will begin with welcome remarks and official opening of the congress, delivered by Nick Baveystock, Director General Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

 

The first day’s proceedings will include two keynote addresses:

  • UNESCO brings creative responses to the challenges of the times
  • WFEO leading the engineering leadership for sustainable development

 

Among the other sessions will be:

  • Two sessions of Roundtables and Case Studies (each with five streams)
  • Panel Discussion | Governance for implementing the SDGs
  • A session on Governance and ethical engineering for sustainable Development

 

Day 2 | Financing and Collaboration

 

Day Two will feature three keynote addresses:

  • Industrial Digitalisation is crucial to economic success
  • Digital Monitoring and inspection for ageing infrastructure
  • International co-operation

 

The programme will also include:

  • A session of Roundtables and case studies (with six streams)
  • A session of Workshops and hackathons (with six streams)
  • A session on Intelligent City and Smart Life
  • A session on Diversity, Leadership and Innovation
  • Panel discussion | Collaboration as a driver for sustainability
  • Release of Statement – WFEO leading engineering for SDGs

 

Day 3 | Resilience and Environmental Impact

 

Day Three will offer four keynote addresses:

  • Striving to reduce the environmental impact of cities
  • Integrating climate resilience into infrastructure decisions
  • Building institutional capacity to address climate change
  • The role of international trade in sustainable infrastructure

 

Among the other sessions of this day will be:

  • Two public engagement lectures
  • A session of Roundtables and case studies (with six streams)
  • A session of Workshops and hackathons (with six streams)
  • Panel discussion | Creating liveable and inclusive cities
  • Panel discussion | Building climate-smart and resilient economies

 

Day 4 | Infrastructure and Digitisation

 

Day Four will feature three keynote addresses:

  • ASCE’s journey to the creation of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI)
  • Providing leadership to embed sustainable engineering practice
  • Deepen our awareness of cross-boundary interactions to achieve enhanced resilience

 

The day will also offer:

  • Two public engagement lectures
  • A session of Roundtables and case studies (with six streams)
  • A session of Workshops and hackathons (with six streams)
  • Panel discussion | Sustainability is: Interconnectivity
  • Panel discussion | Applying sustainability solutions in an interconnected world?

 

Day 5 | Innovation and Technology

 

The final day will offer two keynote addresses:

  • Financing sustainable infrastructure
  • Developing reliable, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure

 

The day will also feature:

  • Two public engagement lectures
  • A session of Roundtables and case studies (with six streams)
  • A session of Workshops and hackathons
  • Panel discussion | Making sustainability an investor’s business

 

After the congress concludes, a high-level Panel discussion will take place on changing industry’s approach by suggesting key steps to make sustainability a reality.

 

More…

 

Global Engineering Congress https://www.ice.org.uk/events/global-engineering-congress

 

Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/70/1&Lang=E

 

The Institution of Civil Engineers | 200th Anniversary https://www.ice.org.uk/ice-200

WFEO | World Federation of Engineering Organizations http://www.wfeo.org/

American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE http://www.asce.org/

Commonwealth Engineers Council CEC https://www.ice.org.uk/about-ice/what-we-do/commonwealth-engineers-council

Canadian Society for Civil Engineering CSCE https://csce.ca/

European Council of Civil Engineers ECCE http://www.ecceengineers.eu/

 

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