Climate emergency e-conference: People and planet
Date & Time

5 October 2022
14:00 - 17:30 BST



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Climate emergency e-conference: People and planet 2022

Date & Time

5 October 2022
14:00 - 17:30 BST




Places available

Join this e-conference to hear from leading engineers working to tackle the climate and biodiversity emergency.

What is the UK structural engineering community is doing to increase climate action in their firms?

Three years have passed since the launch of the Declaration was signed. In that time the evidence of global warming and its consequences have only intensified, and we must all ask ourselves if we are doing enough. 

It is time that we came back together to discuss the changes that have been made, compare notes on what is blocking further progress and discuss what levels of personal and collective ambition we want to target for the coming year.

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Our members continue to lead the way globally in tackling embodied carbon in structures. However, the topic of sustainability extends far beyond carbon. 

The climate emergency encapsulates a number of issues such as biodiversity loss, social equity, and resource depletion. The most sustainable structural engineering will tackle all of these areas and more, with different focusses for different projects.

At this year’s online Climate emergency conference, our expert presenters will explain how you can widen your sustainability skills as the Institution, and our members, tackle the broader issues of sustainability alongside our core competences related to carbon. 

Reasons to attend:

  • Strengthen your knowledge of embodied carbon

  • Gain an understanding of the wider sustainability issues facing structural engineers

  • Hear from industry experts on implementing these ideas with clients

The conference structure will be: 

Session 1: Reducing carbon
Session 2: Beyond carbon
Session 3: Influencing and persuading 

A full programme and speaker list will be announced shortly.uence and persuasionInfluence and persua


Julia Baker

Biodiversity Net Gain Lead, Wood PLC

Dr Julia Baker has designed and delivered Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) on a variety of infrastructure projects including highways, railways, housing and power distribution. Julia is the lead author of the UK’s Good Practice Principles on BNG and runs professional training courses on BNG and biodiversity metrics. Julia is also a Visiting Researcher at Oxford University and in 2022 was named on the ENDS Power List of most influential environmental professionals.

Lauren Barnes

Structural Engineer & Sustainability Consultant, Arup

Lauren currently splits her time between her role as structural engineer, working in integrated design teams, with a sustainability consultant role where she creates regenerative and low carbon strategies and visions for projects across the region. Based in Arup's Sheffield office, Lauren has been involved in a broad range of projects in the first 5 years of her career, covering a range of sectors and scales. She is increasingly focussing on projects that re-use existing structures in retrofit and refurbishment developments, using her dual role to embed low carbon, inclusive and sustainable principles within holistic designs. Lauren is passionate about creating strategies that seek to influence and enable design teams and clients to consider re-use and a circular approach to inclusive building design.

Tanya De Hoog

Founding Director, Thornton Tomasetti (London)

Tanya is a Structural Engineer with nearly 25 years of design experience working on a diverse range of award winning and landmark projects globally. In 2006, Tanya founded Thornton Tomasetti’s London office and now leads the firms Social Impact Initiative from New York. She is passionate about projects and collaborations that deliver positive impact to communities by applying engineering expertise, innovative approaches and technology to create new solutions.

Nick Francis

Lecturer, University of Sheffield

Nick has worked on disaster relief projects around the world and is acutely aware of the power of infrastructure to transform lives. He has a particular interest in the interplay between technical engineering and human behaviours. He now splits his time between teaching at the University of Sheffield, leading the development of industry wide education programmes for the Get It Right Initiative, and working with project teams to improve their collaboration, communication and productivity. Nick is a UK trustee of international bridge-building NGO, Bridges to Prosperity. He is also part of the Constructivist Regenerative Design Lab, exploring how the construction industry can transition towards regenerative principles which actively enrich the eco-system and human communities.

Orlando Gibbons

Senior Engineer, Arup

Orlando is a structural engineer turned embodied carbon specialist at Arup. He addresses embodied carbon through projects, research, and capability development as leader of Arup’s UK Structural Engineering Sustainability Hub and project manager of Arup’s global Net Zero Carbon Buildings Working Group. He is an active member of industry initiatives tackling the climate emergency including the BECD, IDDI and the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard and works closely with the IStructE as a member of the Sustainability Panel and co-author of the IStructE’s How to Calculate Embodied Carbon guide and SCORS rating article.

Penny Gowler

Director & Head of Sustainability, Elliott Wood

Penny is a Chartered Structural Engineer with over 15 years’ experience in the industry. As Head of Sustainability at Elliott Wood, she currently leads a growing sustainability focused team at Elliott Wood which offers a range of sustainability consultancy services beyond the remit of typical structural and civil engineering. She is a member of the IStructE’s Climate Emergency Task Group helping to deliver the Institution’s response to the climate emergency, including The Structural Carbon Tool. As part of this work, Penny is lead author for a new book providing guidance on Circular Economy & Reuse for structural engineers, due to be published later this year and she is very active in UKGBC research on Circular Economy and reuse of steel in particular.

Eva MacNamara

Associate Director, Expedition Engineering

Eva has over 15 years’ experience as a structural and civil engineer, and innovation consultant. Her career has led her to work on a diverse range of projects from bridges, to buildings and art works. She is technical, creative, innovative, and architecturally and sustainability minded. Her portfolio of projects include the AJ Architecture award-winning Chiswick Park footbridge, AVA footbridge for Network Rail, the LEED platinum Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre in Athens, Skip Garden, and innovation work for HS2. Sustainable, regenerative and low-carbon solutions for clients are high on Eva’s agenda. As low-carbon structures lead at Expedition and a member of the UKGBC Circular Economy WLC group, she is keen to move towards net zero and a design-driven circular economy.

Ian Poole

Senior Engineer, Elliott Wood

In his current role at Elliott Wood, Ian splits his time between structural design and sustainability. A chartered structural engineer, Ian has a range of experience across multiple sectors and specialises in long span steel design. More recently, Ian has worked on a range of net zero carbon initiatives, including leading the embodied carbon workstream for the NHS Net Zero Carbon Building Standard and the DfE GenZero Schools Project. Ian is a member of the IStructE Sustainability Panel, authoring two published papers in the Structural Engineer Journal and co-producing the Structural Sustainability Report Template in his term on the panel.

John Vigar

Consultant, Vigar Consulting Ltd

John is a Chartered Surveyor, developer, investor, and consultant with over 35 years of residential and commercial property experience. Following a corporate career, he co-founded a development company with his brother 20 years ago. Over the last 3 years he provided consultancy advice and management to Surrey County Council on their Children’s Care Home programme and more recently the Library Transformation programme.

Tom Webster

Director, Webb Yates

Tom joined Webb Yates Engineers in 2015, and has been pivotal in leading numerous commercial, education and retail schemes including Pilgrim Street, New Inn Broadway and the award winning 373 Euston Road. Prior to joining Webb Yates Engineers, Tom was a founding member of the AECOM Sports Structures team. While he was at AECOM, Tom was lead engineer from on the iconic Serpentine Pavilions from 2013 to 2015. Tom has written for magazines such as RIBAJ and Building Magazines, and regularly speaks on the topic of low carbon materials and how to use concrete and steel more sustainably. He is currently Deputy Chair of IStructE’s Digital Workflows and Computation Design Panel.

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