The AGM & President's Evening
The Association's AGM takes place at the South Kensington campus of
Imperial College, normally in May or early June. The proceedings include the retiring President's report
on the past year and the election of the committee for the year ahead. The
new President then oversees the rest of the evening. Following the AGM a guest
speaker is introduced. The talk may be engineering-orientated but could be
anything with broad appeal. Drinks in a nearby meeting room and an informal
buffet supper complete the evening.
2015 AGM & President's EveningThe 2014 AGM / President's Evening will take place on Wednesday, 20th May 2015, starting at 17:30. All the details and documents will posted on our event details sub site in the near future. To access them please .
2014 AGM & President's EveningThe 2014 AGM / President's Evening was held on Wednesday, 4th June 2014.
The main item of this AGM was the election of a new President for the period 2014 - 2016. Prof Nethercot stood down after two years at the helm of the Association and Prof Roger Venables was duly elected for a two year term. The meeting also approved the wording of a revision to the constitution to relfect the change to Departmental Representatives and the need to reflect the Data Protection Act in the workings of the Association.
After the meeting the new President gave a very interesting talk entitled "Sustainability and Infrastructure: crucial connections and challenging contradictions” In his talk Roger explored the developing sustainability agenda and its impact on the practice of engineering over the last 15 years or so. He looked at how the concepts of sustainability and sustainable development have affected the delivery of infrastructure on which modern life in developed nations depends. He explained the crucial connections between the quality and sustainability credentials of infrastructure and the survivability of communities and human well-being within them. Finally, he explained some challenging contradictions within the concept of “sustainable infrastructure” – for example: “How can any activity that uses substantial quantities of finite materials ever be described as sustainable?” by presenting a concept of sustainability-driven infrastructure design and construction that, he contended, provides engineers in this field, their clients and other practitioners with practical way forward.”
The talk was followed by a convivial supper with wine in the Queen's Tower Rooms.