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14th Brunel International Lecture series: South Asia

27 February @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm GMT

ICE, together with the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI), invite you to the South Asia region lecture of our 14th Brunel International Lecture series building on the theme of resilience and sustainability in infrastructure development.

Chaired by ICE vice president David Porter, the lecture will focus on challenges, opportunities, engineering solutions, and best practice examples specific to South Asia.

The keynote address will be given by Aromar Revi, founding director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) – India’s prospective Institution of Eminence and interdisciplinary national University.

Nearly 25% of the world’s population, over 1.9 billion people, call South Asia home. The region stretches from the rugged landscapes of Afghanistan and Nepal on the northern border to the dominant superpower of India, to the rainforests of Sri Lanka and the atoll reefs of the Maldives. So how does a region so diverse in geography, climate and political stability build a resilient and sustainable future together?

Despite its size, the effects of a rapidly changing climate are felt right across the region. From glacial retreat in the mountainous regions in the north, increasing severity of flooding in Bangladesh and Pakistan to rising sea levels in island nations such as the Maldives and Sri Lanka to ever-increasing temperatures in central India. The region is also prone to natural disasters with devastating effects on the population and infrastructure.

Join us at this lecture as we explore subjects including:

  • Nature-based solutions and indigenous engineering solutions
  • Water management
  • Coastal communities and sea level rise
  • Engineering education and skills

We will also identify how engineers can support positive change by influencing policy, improving communication and cooperating across regions to share knowledge.

David Porter will moderate an interactive discussion with an expert panel including:

  • Farah Kabir, country director, ActionAid Bangladesh
  • Monika Nair, AtkinsRéalis fellow and associate director, ENZ, AtkinsRéalis
  • Professor Kapil Gupta, professor of civil engineering, IIT Bombay and Leverhulme visiting fellow, UCL

The 14th Brunel International Lecture Series shines a spotlight on equitable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure challenges around the world, providing a platform for dialogue with high-profile leaders and exploring the practical engineering issues involved in tackling climate change at the local level.


27 February
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm GMT