UCL Urban Laboratory


Re-engineering Engineering: from buildings to communities

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, 06 September 2018

Re-engineering Engineering

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UCL Anatomy Building, G29 JZ Young Lecture Theatre, Gower Street, London WC1E 6XA

UCL Urban Laboratory Co-Director Professor Sarah Bell will deliver her inaugural lecture on Thursday 6 September from 17:30 to 20:30. 

Engineers change the world, but not always for the better. In this lecture, to mark Sarah's promotion to Professor of Environmental Engineering at UCL, she looks back to her earliest impressions of engineering as a career, and traces how things have changed. Engineering isn't just building things. Sometimes, doing nothing is the best option. Small engineering might be better than big engineering. Good engineering takes time. Engineering is more effective if it's done with people, rather than for them. Sarah has changed her mind about engineering, more than once. In this lecture, she hopes you might too.


Sarah Bell is Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering at UCL. She is Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management. She is an EPSRC Living With Environmental Change Research Fellow and Director of the Engineering Exchange at UCL. Her current research and practice aim to enhance community engagement with engineering and infrastructure. Her most recent book Urban Water Sustainability was published in 2018 by Routledge. She has performed stand-up comedy about her work since 2009.

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