Brunel International Lecture Series: 21st Century Leadership is Partnership

Over the coming months, ICE’s Brunel International Lecture series will travel virtually across the globe. Delivered by Seth Schultz, the programme, already underway, comprises eight lectures. Check back regularly for series updates. 

Brunel International Lecture Series
Brunel International Lecture Series

The thirteenth edition of the Brunel International Lecture Series, entitled 21st Century Leadership is Partnership: How a Coalition of the World’s Engineers can Change the World, examines the challenges facing civil engineers and what is needed to deliver a carbon neutral, resilient society.

The online lecture programme, led by Seth Schultz, Executive Director of The Resilience Shift and co-founder of the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI), also offers specific insights on digitisation, urbanisation, diversity and skills, under an overarching theme of global and local partnership.  

Brunel International Lecture Series schedule

UK on 2 December 2020 at 12 midday (GMT)  

East Asia on 6 January 2021 at 7pm (KHST)  

Europe on 3 February 2021 at 6pm (CET)  

Middle East and North Africa on 3 March 2021 at 6pm (GST)  

Africa on 8 June 2021 at 6pm (SAST) 

South Asia on 1 September 2021  

Australasia / South East Asia on 12 October 2021 

Americas on 1 December 2021 

Check back for full confirmation of times and dates, as well as regular updates from the series. 

Watch Seth Schultz's animated promo for the lecture series below.

Latest News

'How we engage with China is absolutely critical’ – 13 January

The civil engineering community must engage with, and learn from, China in order to equip themselves for the net-zero carbon challenge.

That was the message from lecturer Seth Schultz at the East Asia leg of the series last week, where he continued to urge those within the industry to move away from isolationism and competition and towards collaboration and coordination.

Schultz was welcomed by Sai-Hung Lam, ICE Hong Kong representative and HKSAR government permanent Secretary of Development (Works), and a host of other experts in the region. You can read a full recap and watch the event back here.

Sign up now for the Europe leg of the lecture, taking place on 3 February.

Series shifts focus to East Asia – 5 January

The Brunel International Lecture Series moves virtually to East Asia on 6 January, 2021.

Lecturer Seth Schultz and a panel of industry experts will analyse the big engineering issues in the region regarding climate change and partnership, as well as the obstacles to delivering a carbon neutral, resilient society.

Mr Lam Sai-Hung, JP, Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) at HKSAR Government and ICE Representative for Hong Kong, will open proceedings and introduce the event before the main presentation is followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session.

Sign up for the East Asia leg of the lecture series.
Re-watch the opening lecture of the series here.

Collaboration is key – main message as lecture series kicks-off – 3 Dec

The civil engineering industry should worry less about competition so that it can accelerate collaboration to deal with the urgency of climate change.

That was the message from Seth Schultz at the first of the Brunel International Lecture series, which kicked-off yesterday.

Schultz, executive director of The Resilience Shift, said that engineers needed to work together as a community practice to share solutions. The coming decade is pivotal in tackling climate change, but it will require “radical partnership, innovation, failure and adaptability,” he said.

Read a full review of lecture, or watch it in full here.

The next lecture will be in East Asia on 6 January 2021, sign-up here.

Series to get underway with presidential welcome – 23 November

The latest edition of the Brunel International Lecture Series will begin on 2 December, where ICE President Rachel Skinner will welcome lecturer Seth Schultz. 

With a 20-year career as a geologist and environmental scientist, Schultz has worked with some of the world’s leading organisations to drive change in urban sustainability and raise awareness of the role of cities in tackling climate change. 

Following his presentation, there will be a live discussion among panelists, including President’s Future Leader, Clifford Francis, and an audience Q&A, moderated by Mark Hansford, ICE’s Director of Engineering Knowledge. 

Read Seth Schultz's blog on the opening of the International Lecture series here.

Sign up to the opening lecture.