University of Nottingham

Recently launched at the ICE’s London headquarters, The Future of Engineering ( is a comprehensive online hub that hosts a selection of exclusive, industry-related films, interviews and features.

As one of the leading voices in the higher education sector, the University of Nottingham shares its insights and expertise in one of the initiative’s documentaries, entitled Putting the Smart into Cities.

The documentary (viewable at explores the ideas, innovations and individuals at the forefront of the development of sustainable, smart cities across the globe. Including commentary and analysis from a host of leading industry organisations, Putting the Smart into Cities addresses the present and future challenges of urban living, from transport and communications to the built environment, work and leisure.

The Future of Engineering also features a dedicated profile of the University of Nottingham and its leading research into sustainable cities, including the university’s award-winning Creative Energy Homes and the local Trent Basin community energy scheme, which can be found at

Lucelia Rodrigues, Professor of Sustainable and Resilient Cities at the University of Nottingham, says, “Nottingham is the place that makes the sustainable obtainable. We have been pioneering internationally leading research into sustainable buildings and communities for more than two decades. When we think of smart cities, we are often drawn to the idea of using data and technology to improve efficiencies, but we have expanded this concept to mean that processes, systems and lifestyles are seamlessly optimised.”

Addressing the smart city challenge, David Porter, Vice President of the ICE, says, “The ICE’s vision for the future is really embodied in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, and we work very hard to try and support the delivery of those. We need to deliver all those SDGs in a way that helps people and the planet to thrive.”

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About the University of Nottingham

Ranked 32 in Europe and 16th in the UK by the QS World University Rankings: Europe 2024, the University of Nottingham is a founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities. Studying at the University of Nottingham is a life-changing experience, and we pride ourselves on unlocking the potential of our students. We have a pioneering spirit, expressed in the vision of our founder Sir Jesse Boot, which has seen us lead the way in establishing campuses in China and Malaysia - part of a globally connected network of education, research and industrial engagement. The University is among the best universities in the UK for the strength of our research, positioned seventh for research power in the UK according to REF 2021. The birthplace of discoveries such as MRI and ibuprofen, our innovations transform lives and tackle global problems such as sustainable food supplies, ending modern slavery, developing greener transport, and reducing reliance on fossil fuels.

The Institution of Civil Engineers (, or ICE, is a 95,000-strong global membership organisation with over 200 years of history. It is a centre of engineering excellence, qualifying engineers and helping them maintain lifelong competence, assuring society that the infrastructure they create is safe, dependable and well-designed. Its network of experts offers trusted, impartial advice to politicians and decision-makers on how to build and adapt infrastructure to create a more sustainable world.

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