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Transforming Infrastructure, Transforming Lives – Building on 200 years - ICE Presidential Address

  • Date(s)
    Wednesday, 14 February 2018
  • Time(s)
    Breakfast from 8:00 AM, Address starts at 9:00
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Dublin 4

About the event

At this breakfast event, ICE President Professor Lord Robert Mair will meet with members in Ireland and deliver his presidential address "Transforming Infrastructure, Transforming Lives - Building on 200 Years" celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the founding of The Institution of Civil Engineers.

In his Address Prof Lord Mair discusses celebrating the engineer of the past and redefining the future of society with Smart Infrastructure. The engineer of the future has a multitude of challenges to step up to. We and the next generation of civil engineers can transform lives the way the engineer of the past did.

A light continental breakfast will be available from 8:00 AM with the Presidential Address commencing at 9:00 AM

About the speaker

Lord Robert Mair CBE FREng FICE FRS is President of The Institution of Civil Engineers 2017-2018. 
Robert Mair is Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering at Cambridge University, where until recently he was the Sir Kirby Laing Professor of Civil Engineering and Head of Civil Engineering. He was Master of Jesus College 2001-2011 and Senior Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering 2008-2011. Before he was appointed to a Professorship at Cambridge in 1998 he worked in industry for 27 years, in 1983 founding the Geotechnical Consulting Group, an international consulting company based in London. He was awarded the ICE Gold Medal in 2004 and the President's Medal in 2013.

His research group at Cambridge specialises in the geotechnics of tunnelling and underground construction. He has advised on numerous tunnelling and major civil engineering projects in the UK and worldwide, including the Jubilee Line Extension project for London Underground. He introduced the technique of compensation grouting to the UK; this was successfully used to protect Big Ben from movement due to construction of the adjacent Westminster Station and the technique has now been adopted world-wide. He has been closely involved with Crossrail, Europe's largest civil engineering project, and was a member of its Engineering Expert Panel. He is also advising on the Thames Tideway and HS2 projects. He is Chairman of the Science Advisory Council of the Department of Transport. He also leads the Centre on Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) at Cambridge, involving the innovative use of the latest sensor technologies to monitor the behaviour of civil engineering infrastructure. He chaired the Royal Society/Royal Academy of Engineering Report on Shale Gas for the Government, published in 2012.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2007 and awarded the CBE in 2010 for services to Engineering. He was appointed an independent crossbench peer in the House of Lords in 2015, and is a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology.


Admission is free and all are welcome. We would however ask that attendees register their interest in attending and indicate if they will be joining the President for breakfast, using the link provided.

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