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Foresight The week ahead

26 March Disaster - Aberfan: Investigation of circumstances leading to the huge landslide that buried a school in the South Wales mining village in the 1960s.

Discovery Channel, 9pm 26 March Royal Festival Hall Concert Hall notebook - a record of 15 months on site: Published to coincide with the Royal Festival Hall's 50th birthday, this book draws on personal recollections and photographs to tell the story behind construction of one of the UK's most important post-war buildings.

For further information or a copy of the diary, tel: Alison McIntyre on (020) 7921 0985 or e-mail:

alison. m@rfh.org.uk

27 March Sustainable highway and urban drainage: The annual IHT Alan Brant Seminar focuses on developments in drainage design, looking at the latest thinking on ways to mitigate the environmental impact of drainage from highways and new urban development. The Highways Agency, Environment Agency and CIRIA will be mapping out their latest findings.

Leamington Spa. £70 for IHT members and £100 for nonmembers. Under-30s half price.

Details, Stuart Wollaston, tel/fax: (01684) 568483 or e-mail: sjw@24hastings.fsnet.co.uk

Until 27 March Transport by design: Exhibition of engineering and architectural solutions to a relatively new building type, the integrated transport interchange.

Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, London W1.

Details, tel: (020) 7307 3688. www.riba-london.com

28-29 March Rapid prototyping seminar: Event looking at pre-production innovations in the automotive industry organised by the Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Association.

National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham. Details, Nazreen Kelly, tel: (020) 7304 6839 or e-mail: n_kelly@imeche. org. uk 2-3 April Comrades in arms - engineers and surgeons. Engineering new solutions in upper limb surgery:

Not the normal fare of civil engineers, this. But the seminar, looking at state of the art prosthetics - perhaps the most intimate and delicate of interactions between man and machine - promises to be an eye-opener.

Institute of Mechanical Engineers, One Birdcage Walk, London SW1.

Details, Ed Maycock, tel: (020) 7973 1316 or e-mail: e_maycock@imeche. org. uk or Helen Ricardo, tel: (020) 7973 1304 or e-mail: h_ricardo@imeche. org. uk 4 April The legacy of Robert Hooke - science, surveying and the city:

Lecture by City University's Professor Michael Cooper on Robert Hooke's groundbreaking surveying work for the Royal Society, Gresham College and the City of London, with asides on his private life - allegedly one of 'compromised integrity and dubious propriety'.

6pm, Gresham College, Barnard's Inn Hall, Holborn, London EC1 Details, tel: (020) 7831 0575 or e-mail: enquiries@gresham. ac. uk

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