Launch event

This event, to launch the newly created 'Neville Centre of Excellence in Cement and Concrete Engineering', highlighted 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 was launched at the School of Civil Engineering on 6 October 2017, which was timed to commemorate the first anniversary of Professor Neville’s passing.

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

Event programme:

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 and Centre Inauguration, Sir Alan Langlands, Vice-Chancellor
10.20 - The works and legacy of Professor Adam Neville: 'The Completest Thing' by Professor Ken Hover, Cornell University. View Professor Ken Hover's presentation slides.
11.10 - Kathleen Calverley Managing Director of Concrete Society
11.20 - Reflections, Dr Mary Neville, widow 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). View Dr Alastair Soane's presentation slides.
12.05 - Integrating Education with the demands of the Concrete Industry, Mr Rob Lewis, Vice-President and Chair of Technical and Education Committee, Institute of Concrete Technology; also Technical Marketing Manager, Elkem. View Mr Rob Lewis' presentation slides.
12.20 - Objectives of the Neville Centre, Professor John Forth, Centre Director
12.30 - Discussion on identifying current needs, 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. View Dr Leon Black's presentation slides.
14.50 - Seminar: Structural behaviour as determined from real scale laboratory tests and in-service monitoring of large structures, Professor John Forth. View Professor John Forth's presentation slides.
15.15 - Seminar: Assessing the durability and service life of structures, Professor Muhammed Basheer. View Professor Muhammed Basheer's presentation slides.
15.40 - Seminar: Talking to the Trees in the Concrete Jungle, Professor Phil Purnell
16.05 - Close of the event.

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