Climate Change Challenges – An Engineering Perspective

Mon, 2020-06-22 14:50 -- Peter Hollis
Friday, July 24, 2020 - 12:00
National Webinar
Event Details: 

How will engineering and engineers of the future need to adapt in light of climate change?

This online collaborative event, jointly organised by Engineers Australia (WA Division) and the UWA Public Policy Institute, will bring together engineering professionals and researchers to explore the challenges presented by climate change and the likely impacts on engineering standards, training and policy.

Professor Anas Ghadouani will explain both short- and long-term projected climate conditions for Western Australia, followed by further examination by our panel of experts on the challenges of climate change on the lifespan of engineering projects. The parallels with other professions and disciplines will be explored, as well as what engineers can do to ensure that their skills and purpose remain relevant to climate change-driven problems.

The panel discussion will be facilitated by Doug Aberle (EA College of Leadership and Management), with contributions from:

David Rice (EA Sustainable Engineering Society) to outline the key engineering design parameters;
Jillian Formentin (WA President of Engineers Australia) to provide a risk management perspective;
Shamit Saggar (Director, UWA PPI) to speak on how other professions are adapting;
Parisa Bahri (Head of Engineering and Energy, President of Academic Council, Murdoch University) to provide an education and training perspective;
John Dell (Executive Dean, UWA Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences) to provide closing remarks.

Through the Q&A session, participants will have the chance to inform this important debate, which will be continued in future events on climate change and the engineering profession organised by Engineers Australia.