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The week ahead


If you know of events, exhibitions, books, programmes or web sites that ought to be included in Foresignt, contact Andrew Mylius. Tel (020) 7505 6656, e-mail

19 March

Six experiments that changed the world: In this final episode Ken Campbell travels to Italy to re-enact the experiments of Galileo.

7.00pm, Channel 4

23 March

Tate Modern: Talk about the conversion of London's Bankside power station into a new museum of modern art by engineering team leader and Ove Arup director John Hirst

5.30pm, Institution of Structural Engineers.

Details, Hazel Guile (020) 7235 4535

23 March

Fred Dibnah's magnificent monuments: Bridges and tunnels are the focus of steeplejack and TV presenter Dibnah's programme this week.

8.00pm, BBC2

24 March

Lunchtime talk. Museum of London archaeologist Bruce Watson investigates the engineering that made medieval bridges susceptible to collapse, and what was done to protect them.

1.10pm Museum of London, London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN

Details: (020) 7600 0807

24 March

Geotechnics for structural engineers: Course run jointly by Ove Arup & Partners and City University.

Institution of Structural Engineers. Details, Sue Javvi, (020) 7235 4535. E-mail

27 March

The Mission: Viva Las Venice! US tycoon Sheldon Adelson and his new wife honeymooned in Venice; they were so romanced by the Renaissance city that Adelson decided to recreate it in his home town Las Vegas. Tonight BBC2 documents the design and construction of the $2.5bn Venetian hotel, currently the world's biggest, complete with simulacra of St Mark's Square, Grand Canal, Doges' Palace, Rialto Bridge and Campanile Tower.

10.50pm BBC2

28 March

Water - challenges for the 21st century: Conference staged jointly by the Environment Agency and Hampshire County Council, looking for ways of balancing conflicting demands on local water resources.

Guildhall, Winchester.

Details: Mike Bridgeman, (01962) 845832. e-mail

Nuclear energy: the future climate

Global warming will continue unless nuclear power generation is taken more seriously, a new book reveals. Published by the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering, the book argues that the Government should act now to get the next generation of reactors commissioned in time to avert climatic disaster.

Published by the Royal Society, 1999. Price £20.

ISBN 0 85403 526 5

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