ICE Brunel International Lecture

ICE Brunel Lecture South Africa - Entering the ecologocal age: the engineer's role

The Seventh Brunel International Lecture Series began on 9th June 2008 at One Great George Street, the home of the Institution of Civil Engineers. The groundbreaking lecture is now travelling to key cities around the world throughout 2008 and 2009.  

The lecture outlines the challenges facing us, as society has to really address the problems caused by climate change and a burgeoning world population.
The lecture will be delivered by Peter Head, a Fellow of ICE and a Director of Arup. Peter will review the major changes required in the development of infrastructure, policy and the role of the engineer, to enable climate change issues to be tackled in urban and rural areas, in both developing and developed countries.

The full report  on tackling climate change prepared by Peter Head is available to download now (PDF format)

The summary of the Brunel Lecture is available to download now (PDF format)

For those people who attended the lecture either in Cape Town or in Johannesburg who wish to receive a CPD certificate, please send a request to


In the Brunel Lecture, Peter Head  referred to the 10 principles of Biomimicry as providing the solutions for sustainable design!  The University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership has some very interesting lectures lined up that will assist in understanding the concepts - see the programme below. If you require any further information from the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, please contact Elspeth Donovan.


Elspeth Donovan

Southern African Development Director

Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership


27 Buitenkant st, PO Box 313  

Cape Town 8000, South Africa                            

Tel +27 (0)21 469 4765, Fax: 086 545 5639, Cell  +27 (0)82 829 6852


The Cambridge Programme for Industry (CPI) has changed its name to the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL) to reflect better our pioneering work with some of the world's most senior business, public sector and civil society leaders on issues such as climate change, resource depletion and poverty.

Speaker/ Presenter

Cost, Date and Time

 Link to further information

Janine Benyus
Author of Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

27 August ’09,
17:30 – 19:30

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Cindy Gilbert
Director of Education, Biomimicry Institute

27 August ’09
17:30 – 19:30

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Cindy Gilbert & Bryony Schwan
Two directors from the US based Biomimicry Institute   

R200* September ’09 17:30 – 19:30 

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For more information contact Magda de Kok on  +27(0) 21 469 4765  or email
* Student fee = R50