After a welcome from Professor Steve Homans, Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Science Agriculture and Engineering Faculty, Richard Dawson (Newcastle University, Director of the Centre for Earth Systems Engineering Research) and organiser of the symposium, gave everyone a warm welcome and introduction to Newcastle’s ESE research programme. Brad Allenby (Arizona State University), who pioneered Earth Systems Engineering and Management, started off the symposium with an ESE Critique of Geoengineering. Over the next two days delegates heard contributions from speakers from all over the world on issues of resource scarcity, catchment management, complex infrastructure systems and urban sustainability.
Although over twenty national and international delegates spoke, each talk had 15 minutes of question time and plenty more discussion opportunity in the breaks, poster session and conference meal. The presentations can be found in the Symposium section of our CESER website http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ceser/ese2012/ and copies of the proceedings can be requested from firstname.lastname@example.org