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 On 14 and 15 September 2016, LSI once again hosted the International SEEDS Conference. Professor Chris Gorse, the Director of the Leeds Sustainability Institute and Professor Mohammad Dastbaz, Pro Vice Chancellor welcomed delegates and keynote speakers. Two days of Conference Papers being presented, networking opportunities and internationally acclaimed keynote speakers, made for an exciting, successful and positive Conference. Sustainability is the core theme for the Sustainable, Ecological, Engineering and Design for Society Conference and this provides an opportunity to submit papers from a wide range of disciplines relating to sustainability.

Posters that had been submitted for the SEEDS Conference and the accompanying RISE Awards (Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise) were displayed in the Rose Bowl throughout the two days of the Conference. A Conference dinner was also held in the Acre Room at Headingley on Wednesday evening. A gala dinner where the RISE Awards were presented was held on the Thursday evening at the Metropole Hotel in Leeds which was hosted by Gaynor Barnes.

This year the Conference welcomed delegates from the USA, Finland, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Wales, Ireland and the UK. Many of the delegates were returning for the second year of the Conference and we also welcomed new delegates and new paper submissions.

Keynote Speakers and Presentations included:

  • Dr Alice Owen – Diffusion of Low Carbon Innovation in Building Retrofit: challenges and opportunities
  • Professor Jaqui Glass – Industry and virtue: an update on responsible and ethical sourcing practices in the UK
  • Professor Gary Shuckford – The Dementia challenge, the role of Big data and IoT
  • Dr Karl Andersson – Solutions for Greener and Smarter cities and Regions Enabling Sustainable Growth: the North Swedish Perspective
  • Professor Vyacheslav Kharchenko – Green IT Engineering: Challenges and Solutions for Human and Industry Domains
  • Steven Heath (KNAUF Insulation) – ‘Mind the Gap’ – a study into the Real Performance of domestic properties ‘in Use’.
  • Dr Francesco Pomponi – From many to few: how stochastic modelling can help reduce required data for uncertainty analysis in life cycle assessment
  • Dr John Littlewood – What can Building Performance Evaluation Testing learn from the atmosphere of Saturday Night Fever
  • Professor Peter Skipworth – At the interface of man and the environment: What do we really know?
  • Dr Lloyd Scott – Future Orientated Built Environment professionals: What Sustainability Competencies Should Be Fostered in Higher Education graduates?
  • Chrissi McCarthy – The impact of fairness in the construction sector
  • Professor John Smallwood – Preventing the Collapse of Reinforced Concrete (RC) Structures and Support Work During Construction: Assurance Versus ‘Accident Investigation’

See photos from the SEEDS Conference at the slideshow below

SEEDS International Conference 2016