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Marine Hazards: waiting for the flood – IMarEST lecture announced

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imarestlogofrontpageHurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and the recent major Indonesian and Japanese tsunami, have shown we can expect no mercy from marine flooding.

The inaugural Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) Marine Science Lecture, ‘Marine Hazards: Waiting for the Flood’ being given by Professor David Pugh, Visiting Professor and Fellow of Liverpool University and the UK National Oceanography Centre.

The lecture will look at the science of sea level extremes, and ask whether we can, or should, defend against the next big flood.

“This inaugural lecture is set in a series that will highlight key marine science issues and the supporting technologies, placing them in a multidisciplinary context. It is being held in association with University College London (UCL) at their Civil Engineering Lecture Theatre in Gower Street, London and we are extremely grateful to them for getting this new series of events, organised by IMarEST’s Science and Technology Advisory Group, off to such a flying start, ” says David Loosley, CEO of IMarEST. “All are welcome to both the lecture, and also to the post-lecture reception. We are looking forward to a highly stimulating evening that will examine the relationship between marine science, technology and engineering.”

The evening, which starts at 18:00 for 18:15, will be chaired by Dr Alistair Greig, UCL Mechanical Engineering, with a panel discussion following Professor Pugh’s lecture in which the arguments for action – both economic and social – will be explored by Dr Tiziana Rossetto, UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering and Dr Helene Joffe, UCL Reader in Psychology specialising in the representation of risk.

About David Pugh Tsunami warning systems are coordinated by the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). David Pugh was President of the IOC at the time of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami in the Indian Ocean. His scientific interests include sea levels, climate change and marine economics. He is a Visiting Professor and Fellow of Liverpool University and the UK National Oceanography Centre.

Further information Attendance at the lecture and reception is free of charge to all, expressions of interest in attending should be sent to technical@imarest.org. Further lectures in the series on ‘Shipping and the Environment’ and ‘Invasive Species’ will take place at UCL on 18 March and 7 May, with other lectures scheduled to take place elsewhere in the country in February and June. The 21 January lecture is recognised as contributing to Continuing Professional Development, with certificates available at the event.

About IMarEST

The IMarEST is the leading international membership body and learned society for all marine professionals. It is the first Institute to bring together marine engineers, scientists and technologists into one multi-disciplinary professional body. With 15, 000 international members based in over 100 countries, it is the largest marine organisation of its kind.       Working with the global marine community, the IMarEST promotes the scientific development of marine engineering, science and technology, providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices and upholding the status, standards and expertise of marine professionals worldwide.

The IMarEST is a respected authority in every maritime country. It is a Non-Governmental Organisation at the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO), has special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and is a nominated and licensed body of the Engineering Council (UK), a member of the Science Council and has significant links with many other maritime organisations worldwide.

IMarEST also run a series of industry leading events and conferences as well as publishing internationally recognised titles: Marine Engineers Review (MER); Shipping World & Shipbuilder; Maritime IT and Electronics; Marine Scientist; and Offshore Technology.

Event: Inaugural Lecture in IMarEST Sea Changes Lecture Series
Title: Marine Hazards: Waiting for the Flood
Date: Monday 21 January 2013
Time: 18:00 for 18:15 – lecture is followed by a reception
Venue: UCL Civil Engineering Lecture Theatre, London WC1E 6BT
Charge: This is a public lecture and admission is free, but you should contact technical@imarest.org to register interest in attending and priority will be given to IMarEST members [Press attendance: see note to editors at the end of release]
Further information: www.imarest.org and technical@imarest.org

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