The construction sector is actively adopting strategies to reduce carbon emissions and reduce energy usage across the entire lifecycle of built infrastructure. Research into how the use of materials impact on design and energy use across the lifecycle of a built asset is key to advancing towards zero-carbon targets.

7th July, 11.10 – 11:30 Infrastructure Lifecycles Panel, 12:10 – 12:30 Breakout.
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Panel: Professor Chris Cheeseman (Chair)


Christopher Cheeseman is Professor of Materials Resources Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London. He is Head of the Materials Section and the Director of the newly formed Centre for Infrastructure Materials at Imperial. This has been funded by EPSRC and UKCRIC and provides a unique facility specifically dedicated to fundamental and applied research focussed on infrastructure materials.

Chris originally trained as a materials scientist, originally studying at Warwick University and then at the University of Oxford where his PhD research was on high temperature properties of ceramics. Following a period working in industry as the Technical Manager of a manufacturing company he joined Imperial in 1990 where he has remained to this day.

As a materials scientist, based in the Environmental Engineering Section of a leading Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Chris has had a unique opportunity to be involved in a wide range of materials related research associated with waste management, resource efficiency, industrial symbiosis, the circular economy, low carbon materials and increasingly in greenhouse gas removal technologies. He has been closely involved in the Environmental Engineering MSc course as Course Director and he is currently leading the development of a new MSc course on Advanced Materials for Sustainable Infrastructure. He has supervised over 120 MSc and PhD projects to completion and has published over 220 papers in international journals and conference proceedings.

Innovation has formed an important driver for much of his research and this has led to involvement in a number of spin-out companies including Novacem, who developed novel low-carbon MgO cements, Aeropowder, who are developing beneficial reuse applications for waste feathers, and Permea, a new spin-out developing non-clogging permeable pavements.

 Dr Rupert Myers


Rupert J. Myers is a Lecturer in Sustainable Materials Engineering and leader of the Myers Group at Imperial College London.

He has worked across various engineering/science disciplines and locations, from Australia (Uni. of Melbourne), to the United States (UC Berkeley, Yale, MIT), and to Europe (EMPA, Uni. of Edinburgh, ICL).

Rupert currently champions his mission, to reduce environmental burdens through sustainable engineering, by focussing his research and teaching on materials that are virtually unmatched in importance to society, such as cement and metals, and the services/products that they provide, e.g., shelter/buildings, infrastructure, and cities.

He leads inter(/trans)disciplinary projects in this space, which notably couple industrial ecology and materials engineering/chemistry, in collaboration with various domestic and international academic and non-academic partners.

Dr Pete Winslow, Expedition Engineering


Pete is an Associate Director at Expedition Engineering. His career started at the University of Cambridge, researching structural optimisation, and he is now practice lead for R&D and a member of the Institution of Structural Engineers Research Panel. He is a chartered structural engineer, and has played key roles on several award winning projects, such as the Stockton Infinity Bridge, the 2012 Olympic Velodrome and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre. In recent years he has been leading engineering innovation work in the infrastructure sector, including whole-life resource optimisation work on HS2 Old Oak Common Station roof and an R&D initiative to enable use of higher strength reinforcing bars in the design of concrete structures. Currently, Pete spends much of his time working with Network Rail on their innovation portfolio focused on reducing whole life carbon in the design, manufacture, installation and renewal of rail assets.

Breakout room - Infrastructure Lifecycles -
Moderated by Professor Jan Godsell, Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Strategy, Warwick Manufacturing Group, Warwick University and Dr Arnab Majumdar, Reader in Transport Risk Management
Notes by Dr Long Chen