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SEEDS Conference 2016
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 videos
Professor Jaqui Glass - Industry and virtue: an update on responsible and ethical sourcing practices in the UK
RISE Awards 2016 - Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise
Hosted by Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University and sponsored by Knauf Insulation, the RISE Awards recognise, promote and reward the talented groups and individuals who are shaping the future of our industry through extensive Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise. Our awards bring together academic, industry, third sector and community groups together for the first time in a unique celebration of all those who are helping to change the way we build for the better. Celebrating diversity and the unique skills, knowledge and perspectives different groups contribute to the field is at the heart of the RISE awards. A big thank you to everyone who took part and came to celebrate with us! RISE is over for another year and we are thrilled with the response to this year’s awards with a record number of entries and over 100 of you joining us for our intimate awards ceremony at the Met Hotel in Leeds. The event has conclusively proved that the future of research, innovation and development is at in safe hands and has a home here in Yorkshire.
Gaynor Barnes from ITV Calendar presented 18 awards across 16 categories including field and laboratory research, sustainable developments, social value, enterprise, and education and training. In a change from the standard application form, entrants for these awards were encouraged to use their creativity and create a visual poster outlining their initiative. Winners on the night came from a vast array of environments, specialisms and backgrounds each displaying the passion and dedication to do things better, pushing the construction industry forward and driving up standards.