Nested dependencies and unconscious connectivity

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Date(s) - 07/12/2021
5:30 pm



Nested dependencies and unconscious connectivity

Institute of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, Westminster


The modern world survives and thrives on complex interconnected systems which normally interface seamlessly and give efficiency and productivity.  These systems are complex to develop and engineer but may be entirely un-noticed by the end user.  The COVID pandemic has highlighted the interdependencies of both societal and engineered systems, whilst recent events in the energy sector have identified rapid cascade effects into chemical manufacture, food production and distribution.

This Hazards Forum event will consider the some of the implications of failure of these interconnected systems which give rise to effects well beyond a single component replacement or a localised outage.  The presentations will consider:

  • The implications of deliberate exploitation of vulnerabilities
  • The complex threats posed by flooding, a particularly relevant topic given the UK Government’s Property Flood Resilience Code of Practice launch and climate change implications
  • Research into topical case studies undertaken with UK experts involved in major Resilience events to identify lessons learned and potential improvements or innovations.

This event will bring together expert speakers from a variety of diverse sectors in security, natural hazards and policy research to discuss how these risks can be identified, characterised, modelled and mitigated.  It will allow attendees to pose questions to a joint discussion panel and to continue informal discussion in a networking session.

Speaker biographies

Dr Paul Martin CBE

Paul is an adviser and writer on security, risk and behaviour with three decades of practitioner experience in national security. He is an Honorary Principal Research Fellow at Imperial College London and a Distinguished Fellow of RUSI. From 2013 to 2016 Paul was the Director of Security for the UK Parliament, with responsibility for its physical, cyber and personnel security. For the preceding 26 years he was a senior UK government official in the national security arena. Before joining government service, Paul was an academic in the field of behavioural science. He lectured at the University of Cambridge and has written or co-written several books on behavioural science and security. His most recent book is The Rules of Security. He has a degree in science and a PhD in behavioural biology from Cambridge and was a Harkness Fellow at Stanford University and a Fellow of Wolfson College Cambridge.

Dr Beverley Adams, Consulting Director and Head of Catastrophe Resilience and Visual Intelligence, Marsh Risk Consulting 

Bev joined Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC) in 2012. She is a climate change and flood resilience specialist, who co-chairs the UK Government’s flood resilience roundtable working group on data and visual intelligence. She chairs MMC’s visual intelligence working group, and through her team’s project work at Marsh Risk Consulting is driving operational best practice in catastrophe planning and response within businesses, government, and re/insurers. Bev has championed the deployment of innovation technologies including drones, aircraft, satellites and in-situ sensors for pre-loss risk and valuation surveys, early eyes response, and claims assessment. She has been involved in every major disaster over the past 20 years, is on 24/7 call for nationwide flood response with Flood Re. Bev is leading UK climate change risk modelling activities for MRC, and recently qualified as one of the UK’s first accredited flood resilience surveyors. 

Dr Marie-Laure Hicks, Policy Advisor – Research and Innovation, Royal Academy of Engineering

Marie-Laure leads the Royal Academy of Engineering’s project on critical capabilities for UK resilience. This project examined four past emergency case studies, including the UK response to Fukushima, to draw out wider lessons for emergency planning and preparedness and recommendations for government. Marie-Laure is a policy advisor in the research and innovation team and also works on a wide range of activities that aim to stimulate a dynamic and thriving ecosystem for engineering R&D and innovation that improves productivity and delivers economic and social value for people from all parts of the UK, including the COVID-19 response project ‘Stimulating R&D for a faster and better recovery’, and leading the follow-up project to ‘Increasing R&D investment: business perspectives’ on late-stage R&D.

Registration, tea and coffee is available from 17.30, and lectures will commence at 18.00.  The event will conclude with a networking drinks reception.

To make a booking, please visit the ICE website.

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