Blue Green Dream for bright future cities

Thursday 26th February 2015 @ 19:00

Non-Member: £12.00 ; Staff: £5.00 ; Student: £3.00

Professor Cedo Maksimovic, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Preparing cities to adapt to climate change by optimising the management of water and green spaces so that they complement each other, thereby reducing exposure to natural disasters, whilst improving local environmental conditions.



After having worked for 24 years at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade, Professor Cedo Maksimovic joined Imperial’s Environmental and Water Resource Engineering (EWRE) Section in 1996. This is now one of the largest and most active sections in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of Imperial College London and one of the premier, multi-disciplined environmental groups in the UK and abroad.

Professor Maksimovic created and heads the UWRG (Urban Water Research Group). He also serves as a project co-ordinator of EPSRC, EU and UNESCO projects in UK, and other projects in Europe and in other continents dealing with the above topics.

This includes The Blue Green Dream (BGD), a project under the European Institute of Innovation and Technology's Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community.

The BGD paradigm is about combining the management of water and green spaces in urban environments to better complement each other, reducing the need for more expensive grey infrastructure, while improving local environmental conditions and better preparing towns and cities to adapt to the challenges of climate change.

However, implementing the BGD concept is harder than it sounds, as solutions bring together a wide range of stakeholders and the appropriate time in project planning and providing them with the tools to see how maximising the synergies of blue and green ecosystem services can provide benefits to everyone.

Blue services include: flood protection, water supply (for irrigation, drinking water, land subsidence control), recreational water, and thermal energy collection, transport and storage, space for living and working on or above water, landscaping, habitat for aquatic and terrestrial species and cultural services (physical health, aesthetics, spiritual), climate regulation (equitable climate), detoxification and purification of water (pollution control) and hazard regulation.

Green services include: parks and recreation grounds, brown-field remediation sites, woodlands, gardens, churchyards and green corridors, trees and standing vegetation (food and timber), wild species diversity, regulating (detoxification) and cultural services (physical health, aesthetics, spiritual) in addition to their natural ability to improve the delivery of climate-related services.


Optionally followed by supper (this can be booked on the event booking form).
After the lecture a Friends' Table has been reserved at a local restaurant to entertain the speaker and for any of the audience who would like to join us to continue the evening's discussion. A two-course fixed price supper is served including wine, coffee and service charge.
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Venue: SAF Building, Imperial College London

Campus Map reference 33
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