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The week ahead


8 September Unreported world: Reporter Marcel Theroux probes corruption in Azerbaijan's spectacularly productive oil industry. 7.30pm, Channel 4

11 September-3 December John Soane: Designs and models by celebrated Regency architect and eccentric Soane go on show for the first time. The exhibition includes a virtual reality computer model of his masterpiece - the Bank of England.

Royal Academy of Arts, London. Details (020) 7300 5760/1

12-13 September Public private partnerships in Ireland: Project finance conference.

Radisson SAS St Helen's Hotel, Blackrock, Dublin Details,

13-16 September Urban lifestyles - spaces, places, people: Cross-disciplinary conference looking at the impacts of planning, politics, transport, information technology, economics, architecture and changing work and leisure patterns in the evolution of 21st century cities.

Newcastle upon Tyne Details, Robinson Penn, Urban Lifestyles. Tel (0191) 2304339, e-mail

14 September The material world: Pride of Henry VIII's fleet, the Mary Rose sank off Portsmouth in 1545 after 35 years of service in relatively tame seas. Marine archaeologist Christopher Dobbs has been studying the ship's remains to find out whether rebuilding work and modifications carried out before its last battle helped send the Mary Rose to the bottom.

4.30pm, Radio 4 14 September Innovation in wastewater treatment: CIWEM half day seminar providing an update on developments in wastewater treatment and focusing on new mobilised film treatment processes for the anaerobic treatment of wastewater and the use of ultrasound to enhance sludge reduction.

CIWEM East Anglian Branch, Cambridge.

Details, Brian Dawson, tel (01223) 13247 15 September Robot wars - international league championship:

Designers from Belgium, Australia, Ireland, the US, Holland and the UK pit gladiatorial machines against one another in a contest for armour plated technological supremacy. 6.40pm, BBC2


Consulting engineering - constructing the future: Author Peter Hartley looks at the changes consulting engineers must make to meet the challenges of the coming century. His book deals with commercial, organisational and personnel issues, illustrating theory with real life examples. £40.00, ISBN 0863802095


Managing key clients: They are loyal, provide engineers with work at good rates and pay bills without protest. They involve engineers from the outset in new projects. Key clients are what the engineering profession should aim to cultivate. But according to authors Kevin Walker, Paul Denvir and Cliff Ferguson, too few firms know how to go about it. Managing key clients sets out strategies for forging and developing close consultant-client relationships. Continuum, ISBN 0 8264 4710 4

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

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