CIRIA’s 2017 debate

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Date(s) - 22/06/2017
6:45 pm - 8:00 pm

The Royal Society


CIRIA is hosting an evening debate to discuss current issues of environmental sustainability in a new Urban Era. This event will bring together highly regarded senior professionals from the engineering and built environment sector to discuss 21st Century challenges in balancing economic growth, environmental protection and social inclusion for future cities and infrastructure systems.


On 22 June, CIRIA’s second annual debate will once again revisit cities as a topic, asking the question: is the future green? The debate on cities can no longer focus on whether urbanisation will be an issue, instead we must focus on how we manage large urban hubs in the future and support opportunities for sustainable development. Facing an array of complex challenges, we once again ask what our future cities might look like. 


Chair: Prof Peter Head CBE,  Founder & Chief Executive Officer of the Ecological Sequestration Trust

  • Dr Sally Uren, Chief Executive, Forum for the Future 
  • Professor Steffen Lehmann, Professor of Sustainable Architecture and Founding Director of the Cluster for Sustainable Cities, University of Portsmouth
  • Malcolm Smith, Arup Fellow – Masterplanning and Urban Design, Arup 
  • Sarah Toy, Strategic Resilience Officer, Bristol City Council 


22 June 2017 
18.35 – 20.00 (Registration from 18.15) 

This event is followed by a networking drinks reception. 

The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace,
St. James’s, London SW1Y 5AG 


£50+ VAT for all other attendees.

More information here