Conference 2021: Post-event report and recordings now available

Date & Time:Tuesday 13th July to Thursday 15th July 2021

This event has now taken place.  Day 1, 2 and 3 recordings available below.

HEDQF Digital Conference: Planning a sustainable future for universities: 13th – 15th July 2021

The Annual Conference was due to take place at the London School of Economics in June 2020.  This was postponed due to the health pandemic.  Given that there inevitably remains some uncertainty about physical events we will hold the conference digitally.  Plans to host a physical visit to the LSE Centre Buildings on day three cannot take place due to last month’s Government advice and will not now include a digital presentation on the Centre Building at LSE.

 The programme, is planned as follows, though inevitably it is subject to change: 

DRAFT PROGRAMME (this information was updated 12/7/2021 and is still subject to change)

Note that with changing circumstances, some last-minute changes may occur 


Day 1:  Global and University context 

Chair:  Ian Goodfellow, Deputy Chair of HEDQF and Partner at Penoyre & Prasad 

16.00 – 16.05 Welcome and Introduction; Sean Woulfe, Director of Estates at Kingston University 

16.05 – 16.20 HEDQF Research Update and Future Plans – Alex Grigull, Associate at Grimshaw and Interim Co-chair of the HEDQF Research Group, and Rupert Cook, Partner at Miltiadou Cook Mitzman architects and Co-chair of the HEDQF Research Group 

16.20 – 16.40 Keith Clarke, Chair of the Active Building Centre and Constructionarium 

– The global context and the imperative of Zero Carbon. 

16.40 – 17.00 Chris Brink, Vice Chancellor Emeritus, University of Newcastle. 

– What is the purpose of a university? 

17.00 – 17.15 Discussion 

17.15 – 17.35 Pooran Desai, CEO, 

– One Planet Living  

17.35  – 17.55 Ellie Cosgrove, Associate Professor in Urban Innovation, UCL 

– The Just Sustainable University. 

17.55 – 18.15 Tracy Meller, Partner RSHP 

– Designing the city, buildings and public space 

18.15 – 18.30 Q&A with speakers 


Day 2:  Towards Net Zero:  Opportunities and Challenges for Universities 

16.00 – 16.05 Ian Goodfellow 

– Welcome and introduction to Professor Andy Ford as Chair for the day 

16.05 – 16.30 Professor Andy Ford, London South Bank University  

– Chair’s Introduction, with an engineering and university perspective 

16.30 – 16.50 Maria Smith, Director of Sustainability and Physics at Buro Happold 

– Beyond Zero Carbon.  How can we go further?  

16.50 – 17.10 Dr Chris De Beer, Head of the Hydrogen Group, Mott MacDonald  

– The Hydrogen economy 

17.10 – 17.30 Sunad Prasad, Principal of Penoyre & Prasad 

– How industry is gearing up, embodied energy and  building renewal/replacement 

17.30 – 18.00  Speaker Questions and discussion, at which we may also be joined by Prem Mahi, Strategy, Innovation and Development Director at Mott MacDonald’s energy sector 


Day 3:   Designing for Zero Carbon:  A university perspective 

Chair’s introduction:  Julian Robinson, Director of Estates at LSE 

The HEDQF Student Prize 2020 at the University of Sheffield 

16.00-16.05 – Introduction to the Student Prize – Andy MacFee, Principal, AMA Andy MacFee Architects  

16.05 – 16.35 The HEDQF Student Prize 2020 at the University of Sheffield 

– Student Prize presentations from Kelubia Onaro, Charlie Perriam, Kristie-Lee McAreavey and Kanai Shah 

16.35 – 16.45 Q&A 

16.45 – 17.30 LSE’s new building in the heart of the City:  The Centre Building – a sustainable building reflects the importance of public space, landscaping and sense of identity 

– Julian Robinson, Director of Estates at the London School of Economics and Political Science 

– Lorna Edwards – Senior Associate, RSHP 

– Frank Connolly, Operations Director, MACE 

Chair:  Ian Caldwell, former Director of Estates and Facilities at King’s College London and Chair of the HEDQF Events Group.  

17.30 – 17.45 Question and Answers  

17.45 – 18.00 Closing Discussion  



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