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Civils chiefs address Festival of Science

ICE news

FOUR CIVIL engineering figureheads will speak at the prestigious annual British Association Festival of Science in Glasgow next month.

Addressing the question: Civil engineering - infrastructure or life support system? , ICE Scotland has lined up Babtie Group director Gordon Masterton to talk about urban regeneration, ICE past president Professor George Fleming on water issues, Scottish Power's David Anderson on energy generation and supply, and Professor George Hazel of Robert Gordon University who, topically, will probe government transport policy.

'The intention is to demonstrate to the British Association's audience that civil engineering is absolutely essential to modern civilisation, ' said ICE Scotland executive secretary Wylie Cunningham.

The British Association (formerly The British Association for the Advancement of Science) week-long conference on developments in science and technology attracts several thousand visitors.

'We believe this is an ideal platform to hammer home the message that civil engineering is not some abstract discipline concerned with a vague entity which everyone calls infrastructure, but one which makes a fundamentally practical contribution to all the amenities we take for granted, ' said Cunningham.

The Festival of Science takes place at Glasgow University from 3-7 September.

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