How Construction Could Save the World
How Construction Could Save the World conference brochure
The construction industry is directly involved in some of the most important and significant world-saving opportunities. Construction plays a major role in:
the reduction of pollution, the protection of wildlife habitats and the energy-efficiency of our buildings;
creating healthy homes that keep us safe and warm, with appropriate light and space;
solving the issue of homelessness, and providing accommodation for other vulnerable groups in society;
developing places and spaces for a growing and ageing population;
providing transport networks to allow us all to move around our cities and beyond;
designing tall buildings to solve the problem of a lack of available land;
delivering power and energy in increasingly renewable forms;
ensuring that school buildings are designed to help students around the world to learn effectively;
repairing, renovating and protecting the historic and heritage buildings that make up our towns and cities;
planning and problem-solving for natural disasters and emergencies;
providing safe, healthy, efficient hospital buildings for patients and medical staff;
creating outdoor play and activity areas for healthy childhood development;
tackling poverty and inequality with buildings, places and spaces that provide opportunities for all.
Covid-19 will change many things in society, and construction has the potential to solve some significant current and future problems.
Our panel of speakers will inspire you with the amazing ways you could save the world by considering a career in construction. They will talk about how they think the world will change, which things need to change, and the big challenges that you could help us to solve.
10am – 11am
Session 1 – ENVIRONMENT
How construction could save the environment. From sustainability to renewable energy, from pollution to wildlife protection
- Our two guest speakers will share their practical knowledge and experience of construction roles that have a direct impact on the ways that we can protect the limited resources of the planet and reach our 2050 net-zero carbon emissions target.
11.30am – 12.30pm
Session 2 – TECHNOLOGY
How construction could save the world with technology. From vertical farms to safe cities, from smart buildings to virtual reality
- Our two guest speakers will share their practical knowledge and experience of construction roles that have a direct impact on the ways that we can use innovations in technology to create buildings in factories, and to keep all citizens safe with ‘smart’ cities.
1pm – 2pm
Session 3 – PEOPLE
How construction could save the world for people. From health to housing, from social mobility to sick building syndrome.
- Our two guest speakers will share their practical knowledge and experience of construction roles that have a direct impact on the ways that we can build a better world for people that keeps us mentally and physically healthy, and provides opportunities for our futures.
2.30pm – 3.30pm
Session 4 – EMERGENCIES
How construction could save the world in emergencies. From floods to avalanches, from war zones to global pandemics
- Our two guest speakers will share their practical knowledge and experience of construction roles that have a direct impact on the ways that we can respond to local and global emergencies, and decisions we can take to plan for extreme circumstances.
- 30-minute hosted sessions available to students and educators in between the main sessions. Sessions will include Q&A for qualifications, recruitment and Labour Market Information, technology demonstrations, and virtual work experience showcase.
Log in details will be sent separately.
How much does the event cost?
The event is free for students and educators. There is a small cost for construction representatives to cover the cost of the conference hosting technology.
How many sessions can I attend?
Sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and students can attend as many sessions as they wish. Paid tickets for construction representatives cover all four sessions.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
All students must be over the age of 13 to attend. For safeguarding, schools may wish to issue additional guidance to their students regarding online events.
What should I bring to the event?
There are no requirements for the event, but some paper to make notes is always useful.
I am a college or a construction employer – how can I ensure students learn about me?
Sponsorship opportunities are available for each of the themed sessions, the breakout rooms, and the overall event. Please contact the organiser for details.