Re-engineering our spaces (Friday Evening Discourse)

7.50pm - 9.15pm, Friday 26 June

The Theatre

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  • Engineering building, Unviersity of Adelaide

    Credit: Theen Moy via Flickr


Standard £17


Associate members £11


Free to Members, Faraday Members and Fellows

Event description

The way we live our lives is challenging us to think of new ways of engineering our built environment and the spaces we live, work and interact in. The words ‘efficiency’, ‘innovation’ and ‘sustainability’ are often heard to inspire this change but what about transforming our lives in unimaginable ways? With the incredible advancement and availability of technology, we can also explore these exciting ‘what ifs’. Join Yewande Akinola as she offers thoughts that challenge the norm and presents ideas that can chart wild imaginations to achievable solutions.

About the speaker

Yewande Akinola is a young,environmental engineer with a passion for designing low energy buildings and sustainable water supplies. Having trained in engineering design, she works in low energy, low maintenance technologies, especially for developing countries.

In 2012, Yewande was awarded the title 'Young Engineer of the Year' by the Society of Public Health Engineers and 'IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year' by the Institute of Engineering and Technology. She has also taken to TV screens presenting programmes about engineering.

Please note

If you haven't been before, please note that Friday Evening Discourses are traditional events that date back to 1825. With that in mind, many attendees like to wear smart evening dress, though this is not a requirement.

There is also a certain level of tradition and ceremony during the event, including: the speaker and host walk through the doors as the clock bell rings at exactly 8pm; the speaker starts the talk with no introduction or hellos, and should finish at 9pm as the clock bell rings again; the speaker is locked in a room 10 minutes before the talk begins to prevent them running away (legend has it that once a speaker escaped just before the discourse). 

Find out more about the history of the Friday Evening Discourses on our blog.

Food and drink

Beat the bar queue and start your evening with a drink or two and our handmade canapés at the pre-Discourse reception. £15/person from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Or have a look at our special set menu for the evening, which will be available before and after the Discourse. 

To book a table or the pre-Discourse reception, please phone 020 7670 2973 or email 


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