Fibre-reinforced polymers offer civil engineers the best chance to develop sustainable construction technologies in the future, according to the latest issue (vol. 144 no. 3) of the ICE Civil Engineering journal. It is claimed that the materials' low embodied energy, lightness and durability makes them a sustainable building material in their own right. Fibre-reinforced polymers can also be used to enhance the properties of existing materials. This, and all other articles and papers, can be read free of charge at www. ice.org. uk/jol. Contact Simon Fullalove (020) 7665 2448.
Thames Valley association's graduates and students committee is seeking members to assist with organising evening meetings, developing links with schools and universities and social events.
For more information contact David Wilson (01737) 856 301 or e-mail wilsondjc@bv. com.
The ICE is looking for ground breaking, informative and controversial papers to feature in a special edition of the journal Municipal Engineer on sustainable engineering in the rural environment. Planned for March, the key issues will include rural transport design and planning, land use issues post BSE and foot and mouth disease, energy and waste.
Contact Kathleen Hollow (020) 7665 2242 or e-mail Kathleen.Hollow@ice. org. uk.
The Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE) wants overseas entries to its annual awards. Nominations are welcomed from engineers of foreign origin or nationality who have made a great contribution to the development of civil engineering in Japan. Since 1995 US engineers have dominated the overseas category, losing out just once to the Philippines. The winner will be invited to receive the award at the JSCE Annual Assembly in Tokyo on 31 May. www. jsce. or. jp/e/index. html