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Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum policy conference: Next steps for renewable energy – regulation, funding and innovation

Tuesday 12th January
Online
£190 +VAT

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BITC: Webinar: Net Zero Carbon: Understanding Climate–Related Risks and Opportunities

Wednesday 20th January
Online
Included in BITC membership

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Smarter Power Grid Digital Conference

Friday 22nd January
Online
From £200 +VAT

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ORNI Webinar: Access Legislation in Northern Ireland

Wednesday 27th January
Online
Free

Covid–19 – Learning from Belfast – A citywide response

Wednesday 27th January
Online
Free

The National Climate Change Conference 2021

Wednesday 27th January
TBC, Central London
See website for details

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BTO: NI Wetland Bird Survey Training (Online)

Saturday 30th January
Online
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Alleyways Assembly

Saturday 30th January
Online
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ICE Strategy Session: The value of community engagement on infrastructure projects

Tuesday 10 November 2020 - 10/11/20

Online

People and the community: The heart of Infrastructure Projects.

Civil engineers make an essential contribution to society by designing and shaping the natural and built environment.

It is often said that people and the community are at the heart of their projects.

However, is this always the case?

To what extent are the public truly engaged in the process? 

Are cost and client expectations preventing our efforts to work with the community to build and maintain infrastructure assets which could truly benefit and improves their lives.

Community engagement is important and can lead to better outcomes on infrastructure projects. It increases acceptance of decisions and community commitment to outcomes as local knowledge from diverse groups shapes and creates inclusive, effective solutions.

Engineers have historically been criticised for designing infrastructure without successfully engaging the community.  Whereas the follow–on effect of active participation is increased trust in organisations and governance to make better public decisions.

This event aims to demonstrate good practice principles for community engagement, identifying specific good practice  where infrastructure professionals have worked with the public on infrastructure projects to achieve the optimum solution for the community.

Programme

09:00 – Chair’s introduction – Mark Hansford

09:10 – The changing needs of the communityAnusha Shah

09:20 – The fishlake floods and the value of working with the community Peter Trimingham

09:30 – Sustainable infrastructure development – why is engagement important? Monika Szczyrba

09:40 – Good practice principles for community engagement on infrastructure projects. Professor Sarah Bell

09:50 – Panel Q&A facilitated by Mark Hansford

10:15 – Chairs summary

10:25 – Close