At the Global Engineering Congress in London on October 25, 2018, ITACUS co-chairs Han Admiraal and Antonia Cornaro, held a presentation on “Inclusive underground spaces”. Their concluding statement: Inclusive underground spaces are there for all to enjoy and enhance the urban fabric” was greatly appreciated by the audience and reported in social media. In the panel after the presentations, they commented on the changing role of engineers and the need to work interdisciplinarily and avoid silo thinking. Only in this way will sustainable and resilient cities become a reality.
The general theme of the Congress was: how engineering can contribute to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development as agreed by the UN. The Global Engineering Congress saw 3,500 delegates from 82 countries alongside 18 government delegations listening to 200 speakers and taking part in more than 100 sessions. The Congress was held on the occasion of ICE’s 200th Anniversary. The Institution of Civil Engineers was designated as a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by ASCE, the American Society of Civil Engineers during the GEC.
‘Together, we can make a difference’
A joint statement of intent to take action on climate change was signed during the Congress by ICE (UK), the ASCE (USA), and the CSCE (Canada). The statement outlines the three organisations’ intentions to raise the standards of civil engineering and require their members to demonstrate a sound knowledge of sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Professor Lord Robert Mair, ICE President, said the three institutions hold a huge amount of knowledge and power. It was important to use that power effectively, and this can be done by showing strong leadership, demonstrating knowledge of sustainable development, the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda.