The Bartlett School of Planning


OMEGA Centre Seminars

The OMEGA Centre Seminar Series was launched in January 2009 to focus on topics related to the planning, appraisal and delivery of mega infrastructure projects and their impacts on development.


The Seminar Programme allows the OMEGA Centre to provide a platform to present findings of recently completed and on-going infrastructure projects globally, and to engage with a wide audience from academia and praxis.

The OMEGA Centre has undertaken a wide range of research and consultancy studies on several pressing issues related to: the treatment of “Risk, Uncertainty and Complexity” in project decision-making, the “Power of Context” on such decision-making, and the role of “Sustainability and Sustainable Development Visions” for mega project infrastructure investments.

The seminar programme invites speakers involved in a variety of aspects of mega infrastructure project developments with a view to encouraging cross-disciplinary collaboration and knowledge-transfer. Past and current contributions to the Seminar Programme draw from OMEGA Centre researchers, as well as external speakers, including: journalists, public officials, consultants, investment bankers, industry leaders and academics.

The OMEGA Seminar Programme is open to everyone interested in issues, challenges and achievements in mega infrastructure development across all sectors, especially those associated with major project developments overseas. The seminars are recorded and videoed, with outputs posted (subject to permission) on the OMEGA Centre Website.

By drawing on experts from many disciplines, various sectors and different countries, the OMEGA Seminar Programme looks to stimulate debate on crucial topics, such as: infrastructure investments as agents of change, project challenges of sustainability and financing and technological opportunities for project developments within the global market.

The seminars especially looks to foster the generation of innovative approaches to tackling/addressing current and future threats, risks and opportunities of contemporary megaproject decision-making and decision-making in future environment


2019-20 Seminar Schedule

23rd October 2019 The Railway Metropolis: How Planners, politicians and developers shaped modern London
Speaker: Michael Schabas, Partner, FCP Rail, London and Senior Advisor to Metrolinx, Toronto

20th November 2019 21st Century Megaproject Port Development & Logistics: Prospects & problems in the use of blockchain
Speaker: Wolfgang Lehmacher, Sometime Director & Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industries, World Economic Forum, Geneva

4th December 2020 The Sizewell Nuclear Plant: Challenges and prospects of public private-partnership
Speaker: Amar Qureshi & Mike Pugely, Directors, Agilia Infrastructure Partners, London

11th December 2019 Defining Benefits on Mega Projects – A way through the fog
Speaker: Paul Mansell, Independent Advisor to IPA UK; Visiting Senior Lecturer, Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management, UCL & Managing Director, ImpaQt Consulting Ltd

29th January 2020 The Belt and Road Initiative in Eastern Europe: A focus on Serbian Infrastructure Projects
Speaker: Pedja Sovilj, Director, Infrastructure Delivery Unit, Office of Prime Minister, Government of Republic of Serbia

12th February 2020 How Government Built USA’s wealth and infrastructure: Lessons for 21st Century
Speaker: Ian Wray, Visiting Professor, Heseltine Institute for Public Policy, University of Liverpool

25th March 2020 Toward More Holistic Approaches to Mega Transport Project Appraisal in Latin America: A review of selected IADB case studies,
Speaker: Juan Alberti, External Consultant to Inter-American Development Bank, Washington D.C.

2018-19 Seminars

16th January 2019 London’s Cross Rail 1: Progress & Prospects
Geoff Hobbs, Director of Public Service Transport Planning, Transport for London (TfL), London

30th January 2019 International Challenges & Lessons in Governance for Megaproject Planning, Appraisal & Delivery Måns Lönnroth, Former State Secretary for Environment & Sometime Board Member of Volvo Research & Education Foundations (VREF), Gothenburg, Sweden

20th February 2019 The Thames Tideway Tunnel & Developments in Public Private Partnership (PPP)Arrangements Mike Pugsley , Finance and Commercial Director, Agilia Infrastructure Partners, London

27th February 2019 Nature, Scope & Scale of Global Infrastructure Knowledge Gap: A World Economic Forum Perspective Vangelis, Papakonstantinou, Lead, System Initiative Shaping the Future of Long-term Investing, Infrastructure & Development, World Economic Forum (WEF), Geneva

6th March 2019 The Belt and Road Initiative in South-Eastern Europe: A Focus on Serbian Infrastructure Projects Pedja Sovilj, Director, Infrastructure Delivery Unit, Office of Prime Minister, Government of Republic of Serbia

13th March 2019 HM Treasury’s New Green Book on Central Government Guidance for Appraisal and Evaluation: Implications for UK’s New Mega Infrastructure Projects
Joseph Lowe, Editor of Green Book, Head of Economics Branch, Public Spending Group, HM Treasury, UK

Time: Typically Wednesdays, 17.30–19.00 unless otherwise specified
Venue: Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0NN
Directions at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/locations/ucl-maps

All are welcome and participation is free. People wishing to attend are required to reserve a place through Eventbrite

Further details about the OMEGA Seminar Programme can be found on the OMEGA Centre’s website (http://www.omegacentre.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/outputs/seminar2.php).

Further details of each seminar will be circulated nearer the time; for enquiries and to join the mailing list, please contact Dr. Marco Dean (marco.dean.11@ucl.ac.uk) or Prof. Harry T. Dimitriou, the Convenor of the OMEGA Seminar Programme (h.dimitriou@ucl.ac.uk).