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The week ahead

Tonight The air show: Normally secretive, the Defence Evaluation Research Agency offers a rare glimpse of its newest experimental aircraft. Presenter Alain de Cadenet flies the VAAC harrier, a specially modified fly-by-wire plane, while Julian Tutt gets to grips with a Jaguar modified to be flown entirely by computer. 8.00pm, Channel 4

22 September Robot Wars: Small but deadly metallic war machines, hatched in garden sheds and after hours in offices and workshops, clash in televised mortal combat. 6.45pm, BBC2

22-24 September Sewage solutions: Course on aquatic plant sewage treatment systems. Centre for Alternative Technology, Powys. Details, (01654) 703743

24 September Scrapheap challenge: Two unlikely teams - trainee vicars versus septagenerian mum and sons - pit their wits to design a radio controlled bomber. 6.00pm, Channel 4

24-29 September Practical waste management: ESA training session looking at market trends, legislation, landfill operation, and incineration. Leeds Details, Stephanie Willbond, (020) 7824 8882;

25 September Incineration of municipal waste: Course looking at innovations in incinerator technology. Some 30Mt of municipal waste is produced in the UK each year containing energy equivalent to 10Mt of coal. Should we be burning it? Westwood Hall Conference Centre, Leeds. Details, Alison Whiteley, (0113) 233 2494.

25-26 September Innovation in construction computing: Computing in Construction conference tackling the IT revolution overtaking engineering, from design through procurement and construction to maintenance. Downing College, Cambridge. Details, (01223) 236336

26 September Competencies as a technique of recruitment: Lecture dealing with the ways employers shortlist and select new staff. 5.30pm, Institution of Structural Engineers, 11 Upper Belgrave Street, London. Details, Mickey Klippel Arden, (020) 7637 8692;

28-29 September Production management/Lean design and supply: Seminars on improving construction efficiency run by the Lean Construction Institute. Renaissance Hotel, London Heathrow. Details, (01923) 673801;

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