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Head’s Brunel lecture goes global

As the face of ICE’s latest Brunel Lecture tour, Arup director and ICE fellow Peter Head has been delivering his ideas on the development of infrastructure, policy and legislation to address the growing threat of climate change, to audiences around the world.

After launching in London the lecture, Entering the Ecological Age: the engineer’s role, has been given in Luxembourg, Poznan in Poland and in several places across the US and South Asia. The lecture draws on Head’s work on Dongtan and other major eco-city projects in China, combined with a global research programme carried out by Arup, and appears to be having a strong impact on the sustainability agendas of global engineering and political communities.

The London outing was welcomed by the science and engineering communities and resulted in invitations from the House of Commons, Welsh Assembly and Scottish Parliament for summary presentations.

The USA leg of the tour was also well received due largely to its timely delivery in November, just after the passing of a State Bill on investment in sustainable development for California and in the midst of mounting interest in President Barack Obama’s position on climate change.

Head said: "We must acknowledge the urgent environmental problems facing our current industrial development model and move toward an ecological age where we live much more lightly on the planet and manage the adaptation to climate change.

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