Join us for the next EIA Community debate held in collaboration with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). Building on ICE's 'What makes good design?' report and our previous EIA debate - focused on the importance of EIA professionals getting involved in the design process - this event will explore how interdisciplinary collaboration can lead to improved design and support better environmental outcomes of projects.
The event will feature expert speaker presentations as well as interactive breakout discussions, bringing together EIA professionals and engineers to discuss the key ways to support upskilling in the design process and develop best practice in collaborative sustainable design.
- 12:30 = Welcome and intro (IES)
- 12:40 = Best practice case study on good design (EIA perspective)
- 12:55 = Best practice case study on good design (engineering perspective)
- 13:10 = Intro to breakout discussion 1
- 13:15= Breakout discussion 1: What are the barriers to collaboration between engineers and EIA professionals? How do we ensure that they understand each other’s work stream and work collaboratively to deliver sustainable projects?
- 13:30 = Feedback to room
- 13:40 = The principles of good design (Judith Sykes, ICE)
- 13:55 = Introduction to breakout discussion 2
- 14:00 = Breakout discussion 2 parallel sessions: What makes a good design brief? What would make a good design champion and how can we ensure they work with environmental professionals?
- 14:15 = Feedback to room
- 14:25 = Next steps and close
Our EIA Community debates are a forum for thought-provoking, critical conversations around EIA from a science perspective. The Community aims to connect and support environmental scientists and practitioners working across a range of specialisms involved in the EIA process, and to facilitate meaningful discussion on the key issues facing the sector.
Register your place now to take advantage of the opportunity to network with fellow professionals.
Eleni Antoniades, Vice Chair at the IES, is a Project Environmental Lead with more than 17 years’ experience in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Construction Environmental Management of infrastructure projects. In recent years, her focus has been on the delivery of aviation and defence infrastructure, working on reducing the environmental impacts of the details of design and construction in highly sensitive environments. Eleni’s background is in environmental science and she has a technical and practical approach, helping to ensure projects go beyond legislative compliance and environmental requirements, to ensure the use of best practice, current methods and new technology, with the aim to avoid and prevent adverse environmental impacts. At the IES she has an interest in advocating science-based environmental practice. She founded, and continues to play a leading role in, the EIA community.
Judith Sykes is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Senior Director of Expedition Engineering. Judith is a highly experienced civil engineer with expertise in environmental planning, sustainable design and strategy, and is the Director responsible for the practice infrastructure and sustainability master planning projects. She is a member of the National Infrastructure Commission's Design Group and was named one of the Women Engineering Society’s 2020 Top 50 Women in Engineering: Sustainability.