The Great Debate in association with Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham Universities and Great North Festival presents

The Wonders of Engineering Part of National Science and Engineering Week Funded by Royal Academy of Engineering From 11am, Saturday, 22nd March 2014 Rutherford Hall  (map) Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne

A day of discovery, discussion and laughter

From the Earth to Mars, micro to mega, engineering influences every aspect of our lives today. This one-day extravaganza invites you to come and hear about cutting edge from engineers from around the country. Talks, discussions and exhibits all mixed with a dash of comedy will take you through a wonder tour of engineering today, and offer the opportunity to ask questions, challenge assumptions and engage in debate with each other and the presenters.

This event is FREE and OPEN TO ALL Come along and be amazed and inspired!

The Great Debate in association with Institute of Hazard, Risk and Reslience, Durham University and Great North Festival presents Rescuing Our Brownfield Spaces 5.30pm – 8pm, Thursday, 3rd April 2014 SALSA Café and Tapas Bar Westgate Road, NE1 4AE

What do we need to do to develop brownfield sites and make the best use of them? How do we want to use them? What technologies can be applied to make them useable?

Brownfield or previously developed land, is everywhere. Nearly everyone has visited or lived near an area that was once used for industrial purposes, making it unsuitable for redevelopment. Besides being an eye sore, brownfield is also known to be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of communities who live near it, but often the financial costs are too great for it to be restored and developed. As the global population rises and land for agriculture and housing increases in demand, redeveloping brownfield may hold a solution to some of these challenges, but how do we do it? Some technologies are available, while others are in the making, but how can they best be used? This event will explore these questions with a panel of experts and practitioners and a general audience. Light refreshments (food and drinks) will be offered to participants to help keep you on your toes.

The event is OPEN TO ALL and will use the new economics foundation’s Crowd Wise process to explore the question: Beginning with an open question, participants (panel and audience) are invited to work together to create and refine possible answers with a view to deciding jointly what the best solutions are.


Come along and join the discussion!