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Around the world, governments, businesses, institutions and academia are working to find inspiring solutions to meet the net-zero targets underlined by the EU and the UK. Despite Brexit, both remain largely aligned in their approaches to combat climate change through sustainable and technological interventions.  

As one of the largest contributors to CO2 emissions, the built environment sector is witnessing momentum towards responsible construction practices and advanced technical upgrades to make the sector resilient and future-proof.  

We bring the 2nd iteration of German-British Embassy Talks, where experts from a wide range of fields explore tangible solutions and unpack the nuances around ecological construction, smart technologies in infrastructure and mobility and their impact on our communities. This is an ongoing initiative to develop collaborative opportunities and support the UK and Germany in achieving their zero-emission goals.  


14:00    Start of the Live Stream

              Moderation by Phil Ratcliffe, Managing Director, Drees & Sommer UK

              Opening remarks by Robbie Bulloch, Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Berlin

14:05    5 keynotes of 5 minutes

  • Simon Dietzfelbinger, Partner, Drees & Sommer SE 
  • Ana Mijic, Co-director, Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation, Imperial College London
  • Hilary Aveyard, Policy Lead, Horizon Europe Association Team, UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Dr. Asif Din, Sustainability Director, Perkins&Will
  • Marco Abdallah, Head of Engineering, Drees & Sommer UK 

14:30   Q&A with Panellists

14:45   Break-out sessions 

You can choose from 3 break-out sessions and participate in an interactive cross-border exchange:

1. Back to Nature: Sustainable Solutions for Urban Living

  • Marco Abdallah, Head of Engineering, Drees & Sommer UK 
  • Prof Peter Childs, Professorial Lead in Engineering Design, Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London

2. Resilient Communities in a Post-Covid World

  • Prof Mary Ryan, Champion for Transition to Zero Pollution and Vice-Dean Research for the Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College London
  • Dr. Asif Din, Sustainability Director, Perkins+Wills  
  • Dr. Ana Mijic, Co-director, Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London
  • Dr. Mike Cook, Partner, Buro Happold,

3. Smart Technologies for a Sustainable Tomorrow 

  • Simon Dietzfelbinger, Partner, Drees & Sommer SE 
  • Olaf Kranz, Head of Science and Innovation DACH, British Embassy Berlin 
  • Prof Robert Shorten, Professor of Cyber-physical Systems, Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London
  • Dr. Aruna Sivakumar, Senior Lecturer in Travel Behaviour and Urban Systems Modelling, Centre for Transport Studies, Imperial College London

15:45   Report back on key findings from each break-out session

16:00   Thank you and goodbye

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If you have any questions, please email info.uk@dreso.com. 

We look forward to an exciting cross-border exchange with you! 

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