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The "Great" Population Debate
Event Date/Time: 26 April 2012 18:00 to 21:00
Event Type: Debate
Industry Sector: Non Industry Specific
The University of Sheffield
Richard Roberts Building, Auditorium
IMechE President Prof. Rod Smith in the Chair
*UPDATE: WE HAVE HAD ALOT OF INTEREST IN THIS EVENT, BE SURE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW TO AVOID MISSING OUT ON THE NIGHT*
In January 2011 the Institution of Mechanical Engineers launched its Population Report [DOWNLOAD HERE], in which it highlighted the challenges presented by the unprecedented growth in world population, which is predicted to reach 9.5 billion by the end of the century. The four main areas identified were:
- Food – a predicted doubling of demand for agricultural production by 2050;
- Water – 30% projected rise in demand for water by 2030, with 70% of this required for food production;
- Urbanisation – growth in developing countries adding 3 billion urban inhabitants by 2050, adding pressures of overcrowding, on sanitation, waste handling and transportation;
- Energy – combined effects of food production, water processing and urbanisation along with economic growth and expanding affluence will more than double the demand for energy by 2050.
The Population Report concludes by saying:
“Even though there are likely to be no insurmountable technical issues in meeting the basic needs of nine billion people and improving their world through engineering, there is much urgent work to be done in preparing to meet this mid-century peak in a sustainable way. It is evident that many of the potential barriers to developing these solutions and ensuring a successful outcome are not technological, but lie in the areas of politics, social ethics, funding mechanisms, regulation and international relations.”
We are holding a Question Time style debate at The University of Sheffield, bringing together a panel comprising engineering, political and socio-economic experts. The debate shall be chaired by the President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Professor Rod Smith.
Our panelists include;
- Gordon Richardson from Arup
- Bruce Laidlaw an Economist Freelancer and former Director of Arup
- Mike Freedman, director of the documentary "Critical Mass" (http://criticalmassfilm.com)
- Dr. Hayley Stevenson, Lecturer in International Relations and Security, The University of Sheffield.
We invite you to send questions for the debate in advance by email to SYorksYMSec@imechenetwork.org . These will be presented to the panel 7 days before the debate to prepare their responses. If time permits on the night, a limited number of questions will be taken from the audience.
It is also planned to film the event for distribution on the internet, with the possibility of a live web-stream as well.
The debate is free to attend and open to all IMEchE members as well as the general public. Do not miss out on this rare opportunity to attend such a high profile event.
We anticipate a large turnout for the event and so ask that audiences members arrive at 6.15pm for a prompt 7pm start. The exact venue at the University of Sheffield will updated once confirmed. Please use the "Book this event" link below to register your interest to attend. You can also use this to submit questions for the debate panelists.
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