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Foresight The week ahead

11 May Scrapheap challenge. This week the teams have to build a wind powered coffee bean mill. The machine grinding the most coffee, by weight, in an hour, wins. Three mechanics from Suffolk take on three teachers from Wolverhampton. The losers win the 'has beans' trophy. Erm. . .

Channel 4, 6pm

11 May ACE awards lunch. The Association of Consulting Engineers' annual event includes the presentation of the inaugural ACE awards at the Excel Centre lunch in London. Tickets cost £78; tables of 10 are £680. To book, contact the ACE awards project office on (020) 7344 1891 or email: hmedcalf@jfa-uk. com.

13 May Tunnels. Looks at the people behind engineering masterpieces.

Tunnels featured include Switzerland's St Gotthard tunnel, Japan's sub aqueous Seikan tunnel - the longest railway tunnel in the world - and the Metro in Washington DC. It's hip to dig tunnels man.

Discovery channel, 5pm

14 May Building homes on previously developed land: good practice.

This seminar in Bristol examines industry performance in redeveloping brownfield housing sites under the new contaminated land regime. It highlights how best practice can help house builders in the design and delivery of projects on contaminated land. Speakers: Bill Baker, Environment Agency; Paul Syms, Sheffied Hallam University; George Fordyce, NHBC; Joanne Kwan, CIRIA.

Details, tel (020) 7222 8891 http://www.ciria.org.uk/cief_event _140501.htm

15 May Fumihiko Maki: Modernity and the construction of scenery.

One of Japan's leading architects will examine the modernist vocabulary of his work, focusing on the interpretation of space and its meaning to the individual, says the press release. If you understand what that means then why not try this lecture and visit the accompanying exhibition.

Details, RIBA, (020) 7580 5533

16 May Jambusters. The series looking at the origins and effects of traffic congestion continues. This week, a detailed history of traffic congestion starting from the time of Julius Caesar, a look at the effects of car fumes and a glimpse of a completely solar car.

Discovery channel 4pm 17 May Safe working at heights conference. The Institution of Occupational Safety (IOSH) is running the above conference in Glasgow. A range of issues relating to safe working at heights will be explored together with means of reducing the need for such work, eg designing out access requirements, the use of virtual reality and telepresence, and robotics.

Details, Peter Gotch (0141) 566 8389. The full programme is available online at: http://www.iosh.co.uk

23 May Symonds annual safety lecture.

Held at the ICE, this year's lecture will be given by environment minister Michael Meacher.

Addressing such issues as the construction safety summit and corporate manslaughter.

Details, Carol Dighton, (01342) 327161

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