Vision For Edinburgh Lecture & Workshop - 31 May 2017


Please note this event is now going to be held on 31st May, not the 3rd April as previously advertised.

Peter Head CBE FREng FRSA

Including contributions from various professionals including: Prof. Sue Roaf

Date: Wednesday 31st May 2017

Time: 4.00pm - 7.30pm

Venue: TBC,

Cost: £20 Members, £30 Non Members, £10 Concession,

Students Free*

Registration from 3.30pm, Price includes Tea/Coffee and fresh Scones


In the third of a series of new lectures and workshops the EAA welcomes Peter Head, an engineer who is a recognized global leader in the implementation of resilient and sustainable city development.

The aim of Peter’s lecture and workshop is to bring forward and consolidate the developing visions for Edinburgh in 2050 and to map out a practical implementation process, including how financing and decision making could move forward through a collaborative process.

Following Peter’s session there will be contributions from local professionals, consultants and groups, leading on to a workshop which will look at the visioning for Edinburgh, and how we can collectively contribute and support change to make a better future.


Message from Gloria Lo - EAA CPD Convener

In celebrating James Craig New Town 250th anniversary. we ask ourselves what are we, the current generation, going to leave the next century? Are we planning a better future? Or are we just muddling along?

We need all to put our thoughts together coherently, and in working together, make a Vision for Edinburgh, so that we can look forwards towards a better planned and designed future, a sustainable future that takes care of our culture and heritage of many directions. This forum the EAA is leading the way for, asks that we put our professional knowledge to good use, make partnerships across the city with all other related professions and colleagues, and make our input heard and put into action.

These sessions have an eminent speaker and consultants to inspire and discuss all our ideas and thoughts in workshop format, put all of it on the table for a collation into a coherent strategy or charrette that can be submitted to the City Vision, and with the good will of the various departments of the Edinburgh Council and the Scottish Government, the efforts and input of our workshops will not be just talk, but put into action.

Please do therefore join us, it is a CPD worth taking time out of work for!


Speaker Biographies

Peter Head

Peter is a civil and structural engineer who has become a recognised world leader in major bridges, advanced composite technology and in sustainable development in cities and regions. He led the planning work for the new Queensferry Crossing. In 2008 he was named by the Guardian Newspaper as one of 50 people that could ‘save the planet’. He was cited by Time magazine in 2008 as one of 30 global eco-heroes and has been one of CNN’s Principle Voices. In 2011 he was awarded the CBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services to Civil Engineering and the Environment.

In April 2011 he left Arup to set up The Ecological Sequestration Trust, a Charity which has brought together the world’s top scientists, engineers, economists, financiers, health, ecology and other specialists to create, demonstrate and scale a CHEER (Collaborative Human-Ecological-Economics-Resource systems) GIS platform to enable city regions all over the world to plan, design and implement inclusive resilient growth using low carbon urban-rural development approaches which are energy, water and food secure. The first prototype has been demonstrated in Accra Ghana in 2016 for WASH and Peter now plans to scale the platform use globally to support SDG delivery using Roadmap 2030 A demonstration region in Stirling Scotland is being developed.

Peter is visiting professor in sustainable systems engineering at University of Bristol.

*ESALA students and RIAS student members can attend this event for free, please book tickets through Eventbrite and bring a valid student card to the event.

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