Climate emergency e-conference: People and planet
Date & Time

5 October 2022
14:00 - 17:30 BST



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Climate emergency e-conference: People and planet 2022

Date & Time

5 October 2022
14:00 - 17:30 BST




Places available

Join this e-conference to hear from leading engineers working to tackle the climate and biodiversity emergency.

Our members continue to lead the way globally in tackling embodied carbon in structures. However, the topic of sustainability extends far beyond carbon. 

The climate emergency encapsulates a number of issues such as biodiversity loss, social equity, and resource depletion. The most sustainable structural engineering will tackle all of these areas and more, with different focusses for different projects.

At this year’s online Climate emergency conference, our expert presenters will explain how you can widen your sustainability skills as the Institution, and our members, tackle the broader issues of sustainability alongside our core competences related to carbon. 

Reasons to attend:

  • Strengthen your knowledge of embodied carbon

  • Gain an understanding of the wider sustainability issues facing structural engineers

  • Hear from industry experts on implementing these ideas with clients

The conference structure will be: 

Session 1: Reducing carbon
Session 2: Beyond carbon
Session 3: Influencing and persuading 

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Nick Francis

University Teacher, University of Sheffield

Nick has worked on disaster relief projects around the world and is acutely aware of the power of infrastructure to transform lives. He has a particular interest in the interplay between technical engineering and human behaviours. He now splits his time between teaching at the University of Sheffield, leading the development of industry wide education programmes for the Get It Right Initiative, and working with project teams to improve their collaboration, communication and productivity. Nick is a UK trustee of international bridge-building NGO, Bridges to Prosperity. He is also part of the Constructivist Regenerative Design Lab, exploring how the construction industry can transition towards regenerative principles which actively enrich the eco-system and human communities.

Penny Gowler

Director & Head of Sustainability, Elliott Wood

Penny is a Chartered Structural Engineer with over 15 years’ experience in the industry. As Head of Sustainability at Elliott Wood, she currently leads a growing sustainability focused team at Elliott Wood which offers a range of sustainability consultancy services beyond the remit of typical structural and civil engineering. She is a member of the IStructE’s Climate Emergency Task Group helping to deliver the Institution’s response to the climate emergency, including The Structural Carbon Tool. As part of this work, Penny is lead author for a new book providing guidance on Circular Economy & Reuse for structural engineers, due to be published later this year and she is very active in UKGBC research on Circular Economy and reuse of steel in particular.

Eva MacNamara

Associate Director, Expedition Engineering

Eva has over 15 years’ experience as a structural and civil engineer, and innovation consultant. Her career has led her to work on a diverse range of projects from bridges, to buildings and art works. She is technical, creative, innovative, and architecturally and sustainability minded. Her portfolio of projects include the AJ Architecture award-winning Chiswick Park footbridge, AVA footbridge for Network Rail, the LEED platinum Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre in Athens, Skip Garden, and innovation work for HS2. Sustainable, regenerative and low-carbon solutions for clients are high on Eva’s agenda. As low-carbon structures lead at Expedition and a member of the UKGBC Circular Economy WLC group, she is keen to move towards net zero and a design-driven circular economy.

Ian Poole

Senior Engineer, Elliott Wood

In his current role at Elliott Wood, Ian splits his time between structural design and sustainability. A chartered structural engineer, Ian has a range of experience across multiple sectors and specialises in long span steel design. More recently, Ian has worked on a range of net zero carbon initiatives, including leading the embodied carbon workstream for the NHS Net Zero Carbon Building Standard and the DfE GenZero Schools Project. Ian is a member of the IStructE Sustainability Panel, authoring two published papers in the Structural Engineer Journal and co-producing the Structural Sustainability Report Template in his term on the panel.


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