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Scottish Minister to address ICE conference

Scottish energy minister Jim Mather will open the ICE’s Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters conference 2009.

The conference is the leading forum for global debate in coastal engineering. It will address the design, performance, installation and maintenance of breakwaters, seawalls, jetties, piers and beach control structures.

Chairman of the organising committee William Allsop said he was delighted that Mather would be addressing the conference.

“This reflects the global recognition of the importance of offshore renewable energy, as well as the importance of coastal protection and related marine structures,” said Allsop.

“The Breakwaters conference series is seen to promote the impartial exchange of new knowledge in these areas of coastal engineering.”

Climate change presents new challenges to engineers every day

William Allsop

The impact of climate change on our coasts will be high on the conference’s agenda this year. For the first time the conference will include presentations on marine and offshore wind energy systems, which will make a considerable contribution to fighting climate change and its impact on coastlines.

Allsop continued: “Climate change presents new challenges to engineers every day. At this conference, authors and delegates will be discussing how we can minimise the impact of rising sea levels on our coasts, through sensitive and intelligent engineering.”

The 2009 Breakwaters conference will be held at Edinburgh International Conference Centre from 16 to 18 September. One hundred and forty high-profile practitioners and academics will present the latest advances and research in their fields to an audience of over 300 delegates.

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