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CIBSE calls for Symposium papers

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) are calling for papers ahead of the 7th annual Technical Symposium in 2017.

Titled ‘Delivering resilient, high performance buildings’, the Symposium is designed to reflect the CIBSE and ASHRAE themes of "Adapt Today to Shape Tomorrow" and “Improving performance” respectively, and will examine the potential of resilience to drive building performance.

Taking place at Loughborough University between the 5th and 6th of April 2017, the institutions are inviting submissions to the seventh Technical Symposium, held jointly this year by CIBSE and ASHRAE. These can include anything from a published piece of research to a slideshow presentation, on a variety of topics including innovative engineering solutions, the development of knowledge-based tools and improving and maintaining occupant wellbeing.

The chosen speakers will then present their work to their peers in the auditorium, as well as take part in seminar and poster sessions with other professionals at the cutting edge of their fields. Topics from across the industry will be considered: including building related energy, comfort, IEQ, acoustic, electrical systems, IT, lighting, thermal performance, public health, transportation, facilities and information management, ventilation and associated systems. Material is invited that is based on recent or current research and application as well as the actual or potential impact on the built environment.

CIBSE President John Field said: “The Symposium is one of the biggest events in the CIBSE calendar because this is where we see the huge amount of technical expertise that we can bring to bear in this industry, and this year we’re delighted to be working with our partners ASHRAE to showcase another crop of industry-leading presentations.

“My year as President will be focussed on showing the world at large the brilliant work our industry does, and there’s no better example of it than this event. Engineers will come up with the solutions today that will shape tomorrow, and this Symposium brings them together to make that happen.”

"ASHRAE is pleased to partner with CIBSE on this joint technical symposium," ASHRAE President David Underwood said. "The theme, Delivering Resilient High Performance Buildings, is one that resonates with built environment industry members around the globe. In the future, we must look for new solutions in improving resiliency. This symposium brings together the best and brightest minds to find those solutions.”

The announcement comes three months after the 2016 Symposium was held at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, which saw the biggest Symposium yet with the most submissions and the highest attendance. Guests were then invited to a reception and dinner at Edinburgh Castle.

The 2016 event was entitled ‘Integration for whole life building performance’, and focussed on Past-President Nick Mead’s theme of collaboration, and how it can be used to improve building performance.  

Those interested in submitting a maximum 250 word abstract for consideration should include the intended title of the submission, the authors'/author's names/name and affiliation, specific email address of principal author and whether it is a paper or a case study. The deadline for entry is 12th September 2016, for more information visit