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Global Engineering Congress finalises speaker programme

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The final programme and speaker line-up have been announced for the Global Engineering Congress (GEC), which takes place from 22 to 26 October.

The GEC will bring the global engineering profession together to look at ways to tackle the five United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and identify where engineers can make the most impact. The goals cover clean water and sanitation; affordable and clean energy; industry, innovation and infrastructure; sustainable cities and communities; and climate change.

The GEC includes an extensive programme of discussions and workshops, and features a mix of plenary sessions and separate activity streams covering each individual SDG. Topics include robotics and artificial intelligence, developing methodologies for measuring impact, water scarcity solutions, and next-generation energy systems.

Confirmed speakers include National Infrastructure Commission chairman and ICE past president Sir John Armitt, who will deliver a keynote address on building institutional capacity to deliver evidence-based and sustainable infrastructure strategies.

World Bank director for infrastructure, public private partnerships and guarantees Jordan Schwartz will speak about financing sustainable infrastructure. United Nations Office for Project Services infrastructure and project management director Nick O’Regan will speak about infrastructure for sustainable and resilient development.

ICE President Lord Mair said: “Engineering has a key role to play in tackling society’s challenges and the GEC is an opportunity for the engineering community to develop and agree a practical route-map for how we can meet the ambition of the UN SDGs.”

Over the next two years, the ICE will be working with like-minded partners from across the world to create an engineering sustainable development route-map. Input from delegates leading up to and during GEC will guide the delivery of practical action to achieve the UN SDGs.

Delegates from 70 countries have already confirmed their attendance but limited tickets are still available, with one-, three- and five-day options. For more information and to book a place, visit



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