Two years into the new millennium, civil engineering finds itself at a turning point, with the industry's future dependent on how it deals with major challenges ahead. The work of civil engineers - so often overlooked - is currently at the forefront of political and social agendas, while at the same time the industry is facing a crisis in recruiting and retaining staff.
The debates at Civils 2002 highlight these issues, with big names in the industry offering their opinions and encouraging discussion. There are two debates a day, each chaired by an industry leader, with two speakers on each side of the motion.
Audience participation and discussion are positively encouraged.