New Year Reception 2009

19 January 2009

Engineering The Ecological Age

Speaker: Peter Head OBE FREng

Urgent global action is needed to tackle climate change,declining food production per capita, resource inflation and destruction of the ecosystem. Peter Head outlines a vision for the world in 2050 in which he  demonstrates that nine billion people could live on the planet in a sustainable way if we moved to an ecological age culture and lifestyle in which economic success is measured by the efficient use of renewable resources. 

Head presents the engineering challenges and opportunities this transition presents. He describes a possible transition from agricultural to ecological age in low- to middle-income countries like India and China, and the retrofitting needed
in middle- to high-income countries like those in Europe and the USA. 

He is a civil and structural engineer who reached a world leading position in bridge design and delivery. He was awarded the Academy's silver medal and the IABSE's award of merit for his work in steel and advanced composite bridge technology. Head is also currently a Visiting Professor in Systems Engineering at Bristol University and was recently awarded an honorary doctorate in Civil Engineering at the university.

Keywords: New Year, Lord Browne, 2009, elections, Fellows, Fellowship, Peter Head

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