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About ISNGI 2022

We are looking forward to meeting you at ISNGI 2022 to help shape the next generation of infrastructure.

What and who?

ISNGI 2022 invites academics, practitioners and governments representatives, to share research, visions and experience in the field of infrastructure. ISNGI 2022 provides a platform for infrastructure systems research and practice, especially for transdisciplinary research which seeks to conceptualize, enact and model an integrative approach and make a system-of-systems view to infrastructure operational. The programme provides for showcasing innovative infrastructure projects and academic research results, and offers ample opportunity for interaction, dialogue and exchange of knowledge and experience across disciplines and across infrastructure sectors. The vision of ISNGI is that professionals from industry, government and academia must collectively inform strategies to successfully meet the next generation infrastructure challenges.

Why?

Infrastructure is key to economic welfare and societal wellbeing. During the COVID-19 pandemic the infrastructure system showed hitherto unseen flexibility in the provision of services needed to ensure the functioning of society and the economy. The downside of our dependence on infrastructure services is that society is extremely vulnerable to interruptions of infrastructure service provision, like the Suez Canal blockage in March 2021, and to physical infrastructure destruction, such as happening right now in Ukraine and other war zones around the world. How can society improve its preparedness for such disruptive events? What lessons can be drawn for the development of next generation infrastructure? How can we invest smarter, whether in greenfield infrastructure development or for replacement and modernization of legacy infrastructure? Climate change, urbanization and a changing social and geopolitical context are creating new challenges, that call for a new approach to infrastructure planning, design, management and governance. Digitalisation, datafication and other technological innovations help to meet the challenges, but only as a part of the solution. And at the cost of new risks and vulnerabilities.

Keynotes – selection

  • Mark Harbers, Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, the Netherlands
  • Allard Castelein, CEO Port of Rotterdam
  • Dick Benschop, CEO Schiphol Group
  • Lord Toby Harris, Chair of the National Preparedness Commission, United Kingdom
  • Stéphane Hallegatte, Senior Climate Change Adviser, World Bank
  • Kari Aina Eik, Secretary-General United Nations OiER/Smart Cities programme
  • Michael Havbro Faber, Professor of Risk Informed Decision Support, University of Aalborg, Denmark
  • Marcel Levi, President of the Dutch Research Council
  • Sarah-Marie Hall, Reader of human geography and UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, University of Manchester, UK
  • John Beckford, Author of ‘The intelligent nation’ and ‘The intelligent organisation’ and a.o. visiting professor at University College London and Loughborough Program

Next to these keynotes, a variety of panel discussions, workshops and demonstrations will be organized on for example modelling and simulating future infrastructures. More information on the symposium and registration for the ISNGI 2022 newsletter can be found on this website.

On behalf of the ISNGI 2022 Academic Programme Committee, UKCRIC and NGinfra,

Professor Margot Weijnen

University College London & UKCRIC