The Institution of Structural Engineers, SUSTAINABILITY Conference 2017 | Climate Change: Adaption and Mitigation

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The Sustainability Conference 2017 of the Institution of Structural Engineers, titled ‘Climate Change: Adaption and Mitigation’, will take place in London (47-58 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS) on 13 July 2017 from 09:30 to 17:00.

 

Sponsored by Kingspan, the event will explore the role of the structural engineer in adapting to and mitigating the effects of global warming and climate change.

 

It will focus on a number of key questions, including:

  • What is the future for the built environment industry in the context of climate change?
  • What are the challenges that structural engineers will face and what are the solutions?
  • How to achieve a balance between carbon ‘neutral’ building and the rising need for development?
  • How can structural engineers help the industry meet 2020 climate and energy targets?

 

The programme comprises:

  • Welcome and Introduction by Conference Chair, Faith Wainwright MBE (Senior Vice-President and Director at Arup)
  • Two keynote speeches
  • Six sessions, which include four case studies
  • An open forum | Is the industry ready for the future? What do we need to do prepare?
  • Closing remarks by Conference Chair

 

Keynote speeches:

  • Keith Clarke CBE (Chair of the Forum for the Future) | We have the science, what about engineering?
  • Bill Gething (Professor of Architecture at University of the West of England UWE Bristol): Climate Science for the Built Environment: what this means for the structural engineering sector

 

Sessions:

  • Session 1: Jonathon Hines (Managing Director at Architype) and Chris Pembridge (Director at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff)

PassivHaus Design – Case Study on PassivHaus Schools project: implications for structural engineers

  • Session 2: Dr Flavie Lowres (Associate Director at Building Research Establishment BRE)

Case Study 1: Embodied carbon measurement: what about it?

  • Session 3: Amie Shuttleworth (Global Head of Sustainability at Cundall)

Circular economy and the role of structural engineers

  • Session 4: Tim Snelson (Associate Director at ARUP)

Case study 2: Believe in Better building at Sky Campus, Hounslow

  • Session 5: Angela Bejarano (BArch, MSc, LEED AP, eTool facilitator and Architectural Designer at Mountford Pigott LLP)

Case study 3: How eTool can be used by structural engineers to review embodied carbon and life cycle impacts at different design stages.

  • Session 6: Kirsten Henson (Director of KLH Sustainability Ltd)

Balancing Lifecycle Carbon: East Wick and Sweetwater Case Study

 

Note: This post is based on the content of the conference web page (see below for the link). The graphic of this post is also created using logos and graphics from the conference page.

 

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Conference webpage https://www.istructe.org/sustainability-conference

 

The Institution of Structural Engineers | Sustainability https://www.istructe.org/resources-centre/technical-topic-areas/sustainability

 

Kingspan | Sustainability http://www.kingspaninsulation.co.uk/Sustainability.aspx

 

Civil and Structural Engineering | PRESS ARTICLES (including sustainability-related) with experts as resource persons https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/civil-structural-engineering-press-articles-including-jayawardena

 

Embedding sustainability in Civil Engineering curriculum | Some bricks for thought http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140819151549-101066234-embedding-sustainability-in-civil-engineering-curriculum-some-bricks-for-thought

 

Humans, save yourselves from climate change ~ Mother Nature https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/humans-save-yourselves-from-climate-change-mother-asitha-jayawardena

 

CLIMATE CHANGE | Will we change? Yes, we will, says Al Gore https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/climate-change-we-yes-says-al-gore-asitha-jayawardena

 

Wave Hypothesis for Sustainability Engagement

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Wave Hypothesis for SUSTAINABILITY Engagement across boundaries – illustrated with examples https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/wave-hypothesis-sustainability-engagement-across-asitha-jayawardena

 

New websites of the Sustainable University Experiment

 

Facilitation of Interdisciplinarity for Sustainability Education and Research

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Interdisciplinary Library for Sustainability https://idls.wordpress.com/about/ (under construction)

 

Sustainability Education and Engagement through STORYTELLING

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Sustainability Storytelling website | https://sustystory.wordpress.com/

 

Sustainability through Science & Research COMMUNICATION (Knowledge journalism)

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Sustainability Communication website | https://sustycomm.wordpress.com/

 

Press Articles based on:

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From The Sustainable University News website

 

Newcastle Conf | Public engagement as a promoter of policymakers’ uptake of sustainability research findings? https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/newcastle-conf-public-engagement-as-a-promoter-of-policymakers-uptake-of-sustainability-research-findings/

 

Ashden Conference 2017 | International Winners showcase work on Scaling Clean Energy innovation https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2017/06/14/ashden-conference-2017-international-winners-showcase-work-on-scaling-clean-energy-innovation/

 

Complexity, Interdisciplinarity and Sustainable Prosperity shine at Food-Energy-Water-Environment Nexus Conference 2015 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/complexity-interdisciplinarity-and-sustainable-prosperity-shine-at-food-energy-water-environment-nexus-conference-2015/

 

Limits to growth, audacity of hope and moral imagination reign at CUSP Reinventing Prosperity event in London https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/12/11/limits-to-growth-audacity-of-hope-and-moral-imagination-reign-at-cusp-reinventing-prosperity-event-in-london/

 

From The Sustainable University Library

 

What is a system? From flu via oil to recession… https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-system-from-flu-via-oil-recession-asitha-jayawardena

 

LSBU MSc in Education for Sustainability | How it enriched my perspective http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140507110247-101066234-lsbu-msc-in-education-for-sustainability-how-it-enriched-my-perspective

 

UCLan’s CSD | Advancing Sustainable Development through Architecture, Construction and Environment http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140906165944-101066234-uclan-s-csd-advancing-sustainable-development-through-architecture-construction-and-environment

 

STORY | The talking elephant and the SYSTEMS light | A modern folk tale (with two morals) https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/talking-elephant-systems-light-modern-folk-tale-two-jayawardena

 

Nottingham’s Energy Technology Building | Building the way for a low carbon economy http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140830061246-101066234-nottingham-s-energy-technology-building-building-the-way-for-a-low-carbon-economy

 

STORY | A game of plates at ‘Growth vs. Earth’ Café | Who depends on whom? http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140407045738-101066234-a-game-of-plates-at-growth-vs-earth-caf%C3%A9-who-depends-on-whom

 

Newcastle Science Central | University-City Council partnership bringing together science, business and sustainable living http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140909120325-101066234-newcastle-science-central-university-city-council-partnership-bringing-together-science-business-and-sustainable-living

 

Sustainability Engagement | Seven INNOVATION secrets discovered through my Sustainable University experiment https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainability-engagement-seven-innovation-secrets-my-jayawardena

 

Business case for sustainability | What CEOs of Unilever, M&S and TUI say https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/business-case-sustainability-what-ceos-unilever-ms-tui-jayawardena

 

Making sense of sustainability (or sustainable development) | A look at seven definitions http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140414095133-101066234-making-sense-of-sustainability-or-sustainable-development-a-look-at-seven-definitions

 

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Newcastle professor says, MicroGrids can light the way for UK’s low carbon transition

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MicroGrids can light the way for UK’s low carbon transition, said Professor Philip Taylor, Director of the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability (NIReS) at a public lecture in London on 20 March 2014.

Hosted by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, this lecture titled ‘MicroGrids: Niche Application or Fundamental to Future Energy Systems?’ covered the key issues concerning MicroGrids, providing some technical detail on how they can be realised.

The following is based on his lecture:

UK’s energy sector will face challenging times in the future, in a number of areas including affordability, sustainability, security, decarbonisation of electrical networks, ageing assets and severe weather events. And reinforcing the MacroGrid is not a practical option.

On the other hand, MicroGrids have much potential, including increased resilience, reduced control burden on the MacroGrid, community involvement, reduced reliance on centralised plant and a learn-and-scale-up model. Besides, when a large number of MicroGrids are aggregated together, they would resemble a virtual power station.

Currently, microgrids are mainly operating in a couple of niche areas, such as islands, universities, military and demonstration models. A significant step forward in moving out of these niche areas is breaking their

conventional static boundaries. An emerging solution based on a biologically-inspired novel concept is the autonomic MicroGrid, which has flexible boundaries.

There are technical challenges to overcome but the future for microgrids looks promising and they have the potential to light the way for UK’s low carbon transition.

Photograph by Asitha Jayawardena; Image created using the logos of the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability, Newcastle University and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

 

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Event page http://events.imeche.org/EventView.aspx?EventID=2303

Professor Philip Taylorhttp://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainability/staff/profile/phil.taylor | twitter @rolyatlihp

Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainability/#/ | twitter @NCLSustainable

Knowledge page on the Institution of Mechanical Engineers http://www.imeche.org/knowledge

Distributed generation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributed_generation

How a Microgrid Works http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/energy/microgrid.htm

 

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Newcastle Sustainability Research Director’s Public Lecture | MicroGrids: Niche Application or Fundamental to Future Energy Systems?

SML-MicroGrid-lecProfessor Philip Taylor, Director of the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability (NIReS), will deliver a public lecture titled ‘MicroGrids: Niche Application or Fundamental to Future Energy Systems?’ hosted by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers at 1 Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London SW1H 9JJ on 20 March 2014.

Professor Taylor, who also holds the Chair of Electrical Power Systems in the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Newcastle University, researches on the challenges associated with the widespread integration and control of distributed/renewable generation in electrical distribution networks.

In the coming years electrical networks and energy systems in general are likely to face formidable challenges due to a number of factors such as increased challenges to resilience from worsening extreme weather events and increased renewable and distributed generation.

Responses to these challenges are mainly two fold: centralised and decentralised. Centralised approaches involve strengthening the prevailing system of large centralised power stations and distribution and transmission physical assets. They seek economies of scale and involve transporting energy over relatively long distances out to passive consumers using centralised control architectures.

On the other hand, in decentralised approaches, generation and load are more closely located and controlled while consumers engage in demand response and system operation more proactively. Due to its benefits such as better resilience, energy efficiency and power quality, decentralised approach has attracted a growing interest recently.

MicroGrids, which fall under the second category, are sections of distribution network including several micro-generators, distributed energy storage devices and controllable loads. Through intelligent co-ordination of micro-generators, energy storage units coupled with demand side response techniques, micro grids could significantly improve the commercial value and environmental impact of distributed renewable energy sources and could become fundamental to future energy systems.

As energy systems become more complex and the levels of uncertainty increase, autonomic MicroGrids may emerge. With dynamically changing boundaries, they would exhibit self-organising, self-healing and self-managing properties.

This lecture will cover the key issues concerning MicroGrids, providing some technical detail on how they can be realised.

The lecture is free and open to all but require advance booking (please see event page below).

Image created using the logos of the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability, Newcastle University and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

More….

Event page http://events.imeche.org/EventView.aspx?EventID=2303

Professor Philip Taylor http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainability/staff/profile/phil.taylor | twitter @rolyatlihp

Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainability/#/ | twitter @NCLSustainable

Knowledge page on the Institution of Mechanical Engineers http://www.imeche.org/knowledge

Distributed generation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributed_generation

How a Microgrid Works http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/energy/microgrid.htm

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Rethinking the Engineer: Cambridge Engineering ESD Conference

SML-Cambridge-EESD-websiteRethinking the Engineer, the Cambridge Engineering ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) Conference, will be held at the University of Cambridge from 22 to 25 September 2013. This is the sixth conference in a series of international conferences which began at TU Delft in the Netherlands in 2002.

Conceiving engineering as a broad term that extends beyond the technical realm, the conference will explore how to develop the new skills that engineers need in order to deal with messy problems in an increasingly complex and constrained world. Bringing together students, academics, graduates and practitioners, it will drive rethinking of the professional engineer’s role and responsibilities in modern society.

Professor John Rallison (Pro Vice Chancellor for Education, University of Cambridge) will deliver the opening address. The Keynote Speakers are:

  • Lord Browne of Madingley
  • Professor Paul Jowitt (Heriot-Watt University/ Former President of the Institution of Civil Engineers ICE)
  • Professor Ellen Williams (BP Chief Scientist/ University of Maryland)
  • Professor John Robinson (Associate Provost Sustainability, University of British Columbia)
  • Professor Dato’ Seri IR. Dr Zaini Bin Ujang (Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia UTM)

The conference will comprise parallel sessions on a number of topics, including:

  • Teaching and learning
  • Curriculum Development
  • Learning Outcomes and Competencies
  • Problem Based Learning
  • Alternative Pedagogies
  • Professional Development of Engineers and Other Groups
  • Sustainable Engineering Graduates in Industry
  • Social Justice in EESD
  • Student Involvement

A special ‘Leo Jansen session’ will celebrate the work of the late Leo Jansen, focusing on how to teach long term thinking, interrelation between culture/ structure/ technology and participatory democracy to engineering students.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Environmental Education and Training Unit will lead a session on topics relating to the Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES).

A selection of accepted papers will be considered for publication in The Journal of Cleaner Production, The International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, and Engineering Sustainability (part of the proceedings of the ICE).

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