The Royal Irish Academy and Arup are delighted to announce that on 25 January 2018 Jo da Silva will deliver her IStructE Gold Medal address, ‘Design, Disasters and Development‘ in Trinity College. The Medal has been awarded to recognise the outstanding leadership she has provided as both a structural and humanitarian engineer, and for her distinguished and cross-sectoral work on urban resilience. Jo is an Arup Fellow and the director of Arup’s International Development Group. She established the International Development group in Arup, as a not for profit business, allowing the firm to make a greater contribution to humanity and development work. Recently her work focuses on sustainability and resilience solutions in communities and in an urban context. Mary Robinson (President of the Mary Robinson Foundation and President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997) will do an introduction before the lecture. If you are interested in attending please register at