Launch event

This event, to launch the newly created 'Neville Centre of Excellence in Cement and Concrete Engineering', will highlight the eminent and unique history of Leeds academics (Evans, Neville, Beeby, Cabrera, Page) and the leadership that they have provided to this field; and the current academic staff active in the areas of materials and structures across the nano to macro scale; a spectrum which is unique to Leeds.

The Centre takes its name from Adam Neville, former Professor and Head of the Department of Civil Engineering from 1968 to 1978. Neville was recognised internationally as a world-leading expert in concrete and wrote the seminal textbook Properties of Concrete - known as the “concrete bible” by engineering students everywhere. The Centre will be launched on the 6th October 2017, which is timed to commemorate the first anniversary of Professor Neville’s passing.

Registration: Places for this event are limited - please register online via Eventbrite for free to confirm your place.

The event features a keynote talk by Professor Ken Hover, Cornell University.

09.30 - Registration and refreshments
10.00 - Welcome talk, Professor Lisa Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation
10.10 - Eulogy on Professor Adam Neville, Sir Alan Langlands, Vice-Chancellor
10.20 - The works and legacy of Professor Adam Neville: 'The Completest Thing' by Professor Ken Hover, Cornell University
11.10 - Kathleen Calverley Managing Director of Concrete Society
11.20 - Reflections by Mrs Mary Neville, wife of Professor Neville
11.30 - Break
11.50 - Industrial relevance and structural safety, Dr Alastair Soane, Director of Structural-Safety the group encompassing CROSS (Confidential reporting on structural safety) and SCOSS (Standing committee on structural safety). 
12.05 - Integrating Education with the demands of the Concrete Industry, Dr Rob Lewis, Vice-President and Chair of Technical and Education Committee, Institute of Concrete Technology; also Technical Marketing Manager, Elkem
12.20 - Objectives of the Neville Centre, Professor John Forth, Centre Director
12.30 - Discussion, Chaired by Professor Muhammed Basheer, Head of School of Civil Engineering
13.00 - Lunch and networking
14.00 - Seminar: The nature of the main binding phase in concrete, Professor Ian Richardson
14.25 - Seminar: Composition – Microstructure – Durability relationships in low-carbon cement, Dr Leon Black
14.50 - Seminar: Structural behaviour as determined from real scale laboratory tests and in-service monitoring of large structures, Professor John Forth
15.15 - Seminar: Assessing the durability and service life of structures, Professor Muhammed Basheer
15.40 - Seminar: Talking to the Trees in the Concrete Jungle, Professor Phil Purnell
16.05 - Close of the event.

Date: Friday 6 October 2017
Time: 09.30-16.05
Location: School of Cvil Engineering, University of Leeds. The School of Civil Engineering is located in building 49 on the campus map. Full details are available on the University's 'Find us' web page. You can find your way around the University with our interactive campus map.

This event is open to industry and academics. Undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Leeds may attend the seminars from 14.00.

If you require any further information, please contact: Professor John Forthj.p.forth@leeds.ac.uk