ICE to host a Civil Engineer’s talk on SDGs | Engineers’ role in achieving global sustainable development

NOTE: Text, photographs and graphics by Asitha Jayawardena ( as part of his Sustainable University One-stop Shop Experiment ( Logos are from respective websites.


A talk by civil engineer Brittany Harris, titled The role of engineers in achieving global sustainable development – what can we do?, will take place at the Institution of Civil Engineers (One Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA) at 6pm on 10 April 2018.


Organised by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the talk will be part of the joint meeting of Civil Engineers’ Club and ICE London Graduates and Students Network.


Brittany is Co-founder and Director of Qualis Flow, a company using IoT technology to facilitate management of environmental risk on construction sites. Before this, she worked for BuroHappold as a Civil Engineer in Water and Environment in Bath. She has a Master of Engineering (MEng) degree in Civil Engineering from Bristol University. In 2016-2017 she was NCE (New Civil Engineer) Graduate of the Year and one of the eight ICE Future Leaders (formerly President’s Apprentice).


In her talk, Brittany will explore the role that engineers could and should play in ensuring the sustainability of our planet and what they could do differently, focusing on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that the member countries of the United Nations adopted in 2015 with a view of ending poverty, protecting the plant and ensuring prosperity for all.


The talk will follow the AGM of Commonwealth Engineers’ Council (CEC), a professional body for all engineers of the Commonwealth. It represents 45 engineering institutions in 44 countries across five continents with the aim of advancement of the science, art and practice of engineering for the benefit of humankind. The ICE serves as the Secretariat for the CEC and current CEC President is ICE Past-president Prof Paul Jowitt.


Established two centuries ago, The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has over 90,000 members in more than 150 countries.


This event is free to attend but prior registration is required. Please see event page below.




Event page


The Institution of Civil Engineers | 200th Anniversary


Commonwealth Engineers’ Council (CEC)


20 Quotes for the 20 Decades of The Institution of Civil Engineers | ICE’s 200th anniversary, ICE200



BIG-NUMBER-SDGsNUMBERisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) | from 7,580,010,157 to 0





Newcastle Conf | Public engagement as a promoter of policymakers’ uptake of sustainability research findings?


BIG-FootballUK-SDGsEXPOSED! How UK football shaped UN Global Goals (or Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs) | Five facts




My affair with Civil Engineering | Structures, buildings, sustainability, journalism, research, fun, ICE, concrete, awards…



Civil and Structural Engineering | PRESS ARTICLES (including sustainability-related) with experts as resource persons


Father of London’s Sanitation Wonders, Civil Engineer Bazalgette in Numbers



Structures EXPOSED, No Maths OF COURSE!

(The book I wrote as part of the research project, titled ‘Understanding of Structural Behaviour’, at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, soon after graduation in 1998. It is available from the university library.)


Embedding sustainability in Civil Engineering curriculum | Some bricks for thought


Buildings for Sustainable Development booklet

(PDF booklet titled ‘Buildings for Sustainable Development’ that I wrote as a self-study learning resource for engineering undergraduates at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.)


Books, knowledge and wonders of the English language | My efforts to promote them


Wave Hypothesis for Sustainability ENGAGEMENT | In action


One event, 10 opportunities for SUSTAINABILITY ENGAGEMENT | Ashden Awards ride the WAVE Hypothesis


INTERDISCIPLINARITY facilitation for Sustainability Education and Research | #IDLS


Interdisciplinary Library for Sustainability


Knowledge JOURNALISM for Sustainability | #KnowledgeJOURNALISM


Taking sustainability RESEARCH to the public | Knowledge JOURNALISM press articles and news/ feature blogs


Knowledge JOURNALISM for Sustainability | Four types of press articles with experts as resource persons


Sustainability STORYTELLING | #SustySTORY


Sustainability Storytelling website


From The Sustainable University News website


From Systemic Failure to a Transition of Civilisation | Schumacher Institute’s 10th Anniversary Conference


Complexity, Interdisciplinarity and Sustainable Prosperity shine at Food-Energy-Water-Environment Nexus Conference 2015


Limits to growth, audacity of hope and moral imagination reign at CUSP Reinventing Prosperity event in London


Ashden Conference 2017 | International Winners showcase work on Scaling Clean Energy innovation


From The Sustainable University Library


STORY | Paris climate change deal costs Earth a galactic award, reveals an alien letter to the UN


LSBU MSc in Education for Sustainability | How it enriched my perspective


STORY | The talking elephant and the SYSTEMS light | A modern folk tale (with two morals)


Al Gore’s keynote at Ashden Awards 2017 in London | 10 points to take home



 The Sustainable University (SU) One-stop Shop |



Twitter @SustainableUni1