Five debates confronting some of the construction industry's thorniest issues are to be staged at Civils. Three will tackle the skills crisis, examining reasons underlying the difficulties firms face in recruiting and retaining well qualified, capable, experienced engineers. Another session will be examining ways in which the UK should be tackling its acute transport problems, while the fifth will be asking: just how environmentally responsible is the construction industry?
11 June 11am Civil engineering is of no interest to young people For: Young Engineers Club director David Rowley and Design & Technology Association chief executive Andy Breckon.
Against: Saffron Beetham, winner of the Henry Palmer Award 2001, and Symonds director Jonathan Goring.
Chair: Costain chief executive Stuart Doughty.
2pmCivil engineers: environmental protectors or destroyers?
Protectors: Union Railways head of public affairs Bernard Gambrill and Balfour Beatty operations director Stephen Tarr.
Destroyers: Environmental consultant and broadcaster Chris Baines.
Chair: Aecom Maunsell chief executive Peter Head.
12 June 11am Paying civil engineers more is the only answer to the skills shortage For: Dean & Dyball chairman Martin Hurst and Roger McLaughlin of the Association of Consulting Engineers.
Against: Scott Wilson Railways director Hugh Blackwood and Halliburton KBR head of engineering Dick Harris.
Chair: NCE editor Antony Oliver 2pmExtra road capacity the best way to solve Britain's transport congestion For: Highways Agency chief executive Tim Matthews and British Consultants & Construction Bureau chairman Malcolm Noyce.
Against: Transport 2000 director Stephen Joseph and University College of London professor of transport infrastructure Phil Goodwin.
Chair: Former minister for transport in London, Steve Norris 13 June 11am The construction industry does not take training and development seriously For: ICE vice president Colin Clinton and founder of contractor Bullivant, Roger Bullivant.
Against: Nuttall recruitment and development manager Bob Devonshire.
Chair: CITB Peter Lobham