Gerald Lacey Lecture

Gerald Lacey was Professor of Civil Engineering (1915-17, 1928-32, 1945) and the last British Principal (1945-46) of the University of Roorkee near Delhi. He earned worldwide recognition for his `regime theory’ used for the design of major irrigation canals, made rich contributions to the field of Stable Channel Flow, and provided the technical guidance and insight that guided the successful development of irrigation systems in the Indian sub-continent. He was awarded the Kennedy gold medal in 1930 and the Telford gold medal in 1958.  In the 1960s he was involved with the design of large regime canal systems in Iraq with consultants Sir M MacDonald & Partners, London (now Mott MacDonald).

In Summer each year, to commemorate Gerald Lacey’s contribution to irrigation development, the Irrigation and Water Forum holds a prestigious lecture at the Institution of Civil Engineers, Westminster, to provide a platform for an address by a world authority in the irrigation and drainage development sector.

All Gerald Lacey Lectures are free to attend, and are streamed live.

Details and, where available, recordings of our previous Gerald Lacey Lectures can be found below.


Achieving SDG 6 – the ‘Water Goal’

GL 2018

Date: 21st May 2018

Speaker: Professor Stefan Uhlenbrook, Director of UNESCO Programme Office for Global Water Assessment and Coordinator of the Annual UN World Water Development Report

Read more here (recording coming soon!)


The Water Scarcity Crisis – Fact or Fiction

GL 2017

Date: 15th May 2017

Speaker: Professor Ian Barker, Managing Director of Water Policy International Ltd and Vice President Environment at the Institute of Water

Read more and see the recording here.


Irrigated Agriculture in the 21st Century – A Sustainable Career Choice

farm background, irrigation system

Date: 16th May 2016

Speaker: Ian Makin, Vice President, ICID and Lead Irrigation Specialist at the International Water Management Institute, Colombo

Read more and see the recording here.


Why Groundwater Matters

GL 2015

Date: 18th May 2015

Speaker: Dr. Frank van Steenbergen

Read more and see the recording here.


The Water Energy and Food Security Nexus – is it Really New?

GL 2014

Date: 12th May 2014

Speaker: Jeremy Bird of the International Water Management Institute

Read more and see the recording here.


Small is Bountiful (but Messy): informal irrigation and new directions for food security in sub-Saharan Africa

Date: 20th May 2013GL 2013

Speaker: Professor Charlotte de Fraiture, Professor of Land and Water Development, UNESCO-IHE Delft

See the recording here.

 


Past lectures

Sorry, but recordings of these lectures are not available.

Date

Speaker

Title

01st May 2012 Mr Rudolph Cleveringa Manager of the International Fund for Agriculture Development’s Innowat Programme What a Difference a Drop Makes – Joint Learning Between IFAD and ICID to Address Rural Poverty Through Agricultural Water Management
25th July 2011 Professor David Grey
Visiting Professor of Water Policy at the University of Oxford and also an Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter
Water Security – a Global Challenge
21st May 2010 Lord Cameron of Dillington
Co-Chair to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development
Global Food Security in 2030 – Why the World should support agricultural development in Africa
15th May 2009 Dr Sean Longfield
Flood Risk Science Manager Environment Agency
Global persective of natural disasters
16th May 2008 Professor Sir Gordon Conway
Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department for International Development.
How do we feed the world?
16th May 2007 Jeremy Berkoff
Independent Consultant
Inter-basin water transfer: regional development, economic growth and climate change
17th May 2006 Charles Abernethy
Independent Consultant
Managing irrigation under comprehensive water resources management
18th May 2005 Jeremy Bird
Independent Consultant
Dammed, Damned or Doomed?
19th May 2004 Dr David King
Director of Water Management, Environment Agency
The Water Environment in 2010
14th May 2003 Keith Pitman
World Bank
Water And Development At The World Bank – What Have We Learned Since 1990
15th May 2002 Peter Lee
Mott Macdonald
Research & Technology in Irrigation & Drainage
16th May 2001 Prof  Bart Shultz
President ICID
The Role of Water In Food Production And Rural Development
16th May 2000 Alan Hall
HR Wallingford Ltd
The World Water Forum And Its Implications For ICID
19th May 1999 Dr Peter Leeds-Harrison
Silsoe College, Cranfield University
Irrigation And Drainage:  Is There Still A Role For Soil Physics?
23th May 1998 Dr Roberto Lenton
Director International Irrigation Management Institute
The International Irrigation Management Institute: Its objectives & Initial
20th May 1998 Johan Holmberg
Executive Secretary of the Global Water Partnership
A Knowledge-Intensive Network for Sustainable Water Resources Management
21th May 1997 Prof Tony Allan
SOAS London
22th May 1996 Reg Purnell
Chief Engineer, Flood and Coastal Defence Division, Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food
Flood Defence And Drainage – Money Down The Drain?
24th May 1995 John Hennessy Global Water Conservation
25th May 1994 Roy Stonor
Southampton University
The Nile
20th May 1992 Peter Ackers Canal & River regime in theory and practice 1929-1992
22th May 1991 Prof Jack Keller Managing Irrigation Enterprises
23th May 1990 Sir Hugh Fish The Role of the NRAs in Drainage Basin Management
24th May 1989 Jim Dempster Development of the Lower Brahmaptura Basin
20th May 1987 Brian Trafford
Head of Environmental & Land Management Services MAFF
A Review of the UK Work on the drainage and irrigation engineer
21th May 1986 Bart Schultz
Head Water Management Ijsselmene Polders Development Authority Netherlands
Drainage Works on the Zuuiderzee Project
30th May 1985 Guy Le Moigne
Irrigation Adviser World Bank
World Bank Involvement in Irrigation and Drainage
16th May 1984 Bob Rangeley
President ICID
Challenges, Problems & Solutions in Irrigation Today

 

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