On 29 September 2021 the Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation will host the yearly flagship Showcase event. The event celebrates the Centre’s research achievements during the previous year as well as our engagement with industry and policy. The event is also an occasion to hear from thought leaders in the fields relevant to Systems Engineering and Infrastructure and our research agenda. This year, we have focused our work on sustainability, resilience and the role of infrastructure in achieving a net-zero target. The event will focus on how climate change adaptation links with the transition to net-zero in the context of infrastructure with a particular focus on what COP26 might or, indeed, will imply.

09:00-09:15 Welcome – Professor Washington Ochieng

09:15-09:45 Introduction to the Centre, its research and systems network at Imperial – Dr Ana Mijic

09:45-10:15 KEYNOTE 1: The policy perspective

  • Cara Labuschagne, Senior Analyst, The Climate Change Committee – ‘UK infrastructure: Climate risks and progress in adaptation’

10:15-10:45 Session 1

 10:45-11:15 Coffee and networking

 11:15-11:45 Session 2

  • Dr Alalea Kia – ‘Climate change resilient permeable infrastructure for a Net-Zero future’
  • Dr Barnaby Dobson – ‘Water Systems Integration as the basis of water digital twins to develop sustainable water systems’

 11:45-12:15 Keynote 2: The industry perspective

  • Tim Chapman, Director, London Office Leader, Net-Zero Carbon Infrastructure Leader, ARUP – ‘The decarbonisation of a major developed economy – Behavioural change or technology?’

12:15-13:15 Panel discussion and Q&A – Dr Ana Mijic, Chair

Panel: Cara Labuschagne, Tim Chapman, Professor Jennifer Whyte, Professor Washington Ochieng