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Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction

Transforming infrastructure through smarter information

By invitation only

This EPSRC – NSF funded invitation only workshop, is being hosted by the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) and the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy (CPIP) and will assemble a small group of international experts from academia, policy and practice to explore how to improve infrastructure delivery in a post Covid world through innovative funding and financing as well as emerging technologies. In the context of major public investment in infrastructure programs, experts from infrastructure’s technological, engineering, social, environmental, economic, and financial dimensions will discuss how a multi-disciplinary approach can address numerous pressing policy challenges, including infrastructure resilience in the face of climate change impacts, net zero carbon and social equity, with a view to identifying potential policy implications and research needs. The outputs of the workshop will be crafted into a series of white papers, which will be shared with a wider audience.


Monday 11 July

9.00 – 9.30         Welcome and introductions
9.30 – 12.15       Funding and financing infrastructure and the role of technology
Plenary chair: Prof Eoin Reeves, University of Limerick
                            Funding and financing infrastructure (part 1)                                      Prof Rick Geddes, Cornell University
                            Emerging technology in infrastructure (part 1)                                    Prof Kenichi Soga, UC Berkley
                            Funding and financing – EU context                                                   Prof Veronica Vecchi, Bocconi
                            Emerging technology – UK context                                                    Ann-Marie Friel, Pinsent Masons

13.30 -14.00      Resilience infrastructure
Plenary chair: Prof Rae Zimmerman, NYU
                           Resilience – US context                                                                      Prof Tom O’Rourke, Cornell University
                           Resilience – UK context                                                                      Prof Richard Dawson, Newcastle University

14.00 – 17.00     Breakout sessions on infrastructure resilience


Tuesday 12 July

9.00 – 9.30         Net Zero/Net Negative Infrastructure
Plenary chair: Dr Jennifer Schooling, University of Cambridge
                            Net Zero – US context                                                                           Stephen Beatty, KPMG
                            Net Zero – UK context                                                                           Dr Heleni Pantelidou, Arup

9.30 – 12.30       Breakout sessions on net zero/net negative infrastructure

14.00 – 17.30     Infrastructure site visit


Wednesday 13 July

9.00 – 9.30       Equity in infrastructure provision and operation
                          Plenary chair: Richard Threlfall, KPMG
                          Equity – US context                                                                                Reuben McDaniel, DASNY
                          Equity – UK context                                                                                Prof Philip McCann, University of Manchester

9.30 – 12.30       Breakout sessions on equity in infrastructure provision and operation

14.00 – 16.00     UK and US Lessons Learned for Infrastructure Research and Delivery
                            Plenary/panel Chair: Sue Lee, 
Ernst & Young
                            Panel: Prof Tom O’Rourke, University of Cornell; Prof William Powrie, University of Southampton; Dr Jennifer Schooling
                            University of Cambridge; Fergus Harradence, BEIS; Maisie England, EPSRC; Prof Yueyue Fan, NSF; Dr Daan Liang, NSF;
                            Scott Zuchorski, Fitch Ratings; Stephen Beatty, KPMG.

16.15 – 17.15     Presentation: NYC Gateway Project


Thursday 14 July

9.00 – 10.45       Emerging technology in infrastructure (part 2): What is the role of technology, how can/will it get adopted?
                            Plenary chair: Prof Kenichi Soga, UC Berkley
                            Resilience breakout summary – TBC
                            Net Zero breakout summary – TBC
                            Equity breakout summary – TBC

11.00 – 13.00     Funding and Financing Infrastructure Part 2: What funding and financing models are needed?
                            Plenary chair: Raymond DiPrinzio, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)
                            Resilience breakout summary – TBC
                            Net Zero breakout summary – TBC
                            Equity breakout summary – TBC

14.30 – 16.30     General Discussion and Workshop Summary

16.30 – 17.00     Future planning and next steps

Sunday, 10 July, 2022 - 17:00 to Friday, 15 July, 2022 - 12:00
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