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Exhibition empowers young people to help engineer a net zero world

Date
25 March 2024

The London Transport Museum is the latest stop for the ICE’s Time Is Running Out exhibition.

Exhibition empowers young people to help engineer a net zero world
The exhibition arrived at the London Transport Museum on 21 March 2024. Image credit: London Transport Museum

The ICE’s Time Is Running Out exhibition has come to the London Transport Museum.

Families and young visitors can explore the travelling exhibition, which spotlights civil engineers' role in achieving net zero by 2045 in Scotland, and 2050 across the rest of the UK.

Commenting on its arrival in London, Katherine Etheridge, regional director for ICE London, South East and East of England, said the exhibition is a call to action.

She said: “Time is Running Out invites visitors to step into the future of infrastructure, where innovation and creativity intersect to address the urgent challenges of climate change.

“It's not just an exhibition: it's a call to action, inviting families and young minds to be part of the solution.”

The touring exhibition will remain in London until 28 April.

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Time Is Running Out - help us engineer a net zero world

The exhibition explores the future of infrastructure, focusing on how civil engineers can find sustainable solutions in sectors such as transport, energy and water.

Its aim is to inspire young people who are passionate about the environment to consider civil engineering as a career.

It will show that the industry can make a tangible difference on climate change.

The exhibition explores how civil engineers can help address the climate crisis. Image credit: London Transport Museum
The exhibition explores how civil engineers can help address the climate crisis. Image credit: London Transport Museum

Raj Pathak, chair of the ICE London Committee, also attended the exhibition's launch in London.

He said: “Through the Time is Running Out exhibition we seek to ignite passion and curiosity in young minds, showcasing the diverse and rewarding opportunities within civil engineering.

“Highlighting the importance of addressing contemporary challenges and inspiring future generations, we can build a more sustainable and resilient future for all.”

Francesca de Petris, principal sustainability consultant at Tony Gee, added: “We can make a difference in shaping a more resilient future. Forthcoming engineers play a vital role in shaping this future.

“Indeed, sustainability is a call for action, but it is also about behavioural change. This exhibition is an exceptional event for children and young students.”

Encouraging children to delve deeper into the subject of climate change, the ICE’s network of  STEM ambassadors are also supporting the exhibition.

They offer extra educational enrichment activities for schools visiting the exhibition.

ICE STEM ambassador Ada Nwadigo said the next generation can really help us.

Nwadigo said: “My journey in civil engineering is exciting and now I am spreading the word about the important role that civil engineers have.

“Civil engineers are at the forefront of these challenges.”

The illuminated pods ask some important questions, like 'do we need smarter cities?'.
The illuminated pods ask some important questions, like 'do we need smarter cities?'.

Based around three illuminated pods, the exhibition features original hand-drawn illustrations and profiles of civil engineers.

Six questions are explored:

  • Why don't we value water?
  • What can we do to end waste?
  • Can we keep travelling?
  • Do we need smarter cities?
  • Where will our energy come from?
  • How do we live with flooding?

TV presenter, Rob Bell, talks to children about the questions in a series of short films embedded within the pods.

The films also showcase award-winning engineering projects from across the UK.

Featuring a drawing competition for children

For families and schools visiting the Time Is Running Out exhibition, the ICE is hosting a drawing competition.

To participate, the children will need to draw their responses to the following questions:

  1. What games and activities can you make to teach others about recycling and protecting nature?
  2. What does an engineer do and how do you think they can save the planet?
  3. What would you teach other children about sustainability, engineering, and the environment?

The winner will be announced on 28 April.

The ICE and London Transport Museum will select three winners who will have the opportunity to visit the ICE headquarters in London with their families.

During its stay in London, the exhibition will be hosting an exciting drawing competition for children.
During its stay in London, the exhibition will be hosting an exciting drawing competition for children.

Touring the country

After London, the exhibition’s next stop will be at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre from 16 May.

Further appearances throughout the UK will be announced later this year.

Visit the exhibition website for supporting information about infrastructure, net zero challenges and how to become a civil engineer.

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The exhibition is supported by Arup, Environment Agency, Graham, Jones Bros, Laing O’Rourke, National Highways, Network Rail and Tony Gee and Partners.

  • Jessica Shardlow, communications lead – UK regions at Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Roxana Hurjui, communications lead – London, South East & East of England at Institution of Civil Engineers