The 1st International Conference on Climate Change and Emerging Trends in Civil Engineering (CCETC-2024) officially began, marking an important gathering where experts from around the world come together to talk about how we can deal with climate change in the context of Civil Engineering Held at GIK Institute in Topi, the event brought together scholars, researchers, industry leaders, and policymakers who are all committed to tackling the challenges posed by climate change in civil engineering.
Mr. Shakil Durrani, the executive director of SOPREST, was the chief guest of the conference. Prof. Dr. Tauha Hussain Ali, Vice Chancellor of Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, and Prof. Dr. Atta Ullah Shah, Vice Chancellor of Karakoram International University, were the guests of Honor. The opening day featured keynote speeches, panel discussions, and workshops, setting the stage for important conversations and sharing of knowledge throughout the conference. The speakers talked about how urgent it is for civil engineering to adapt to climate change, stressing the need for new and innovative solutions to protect our environment and promote sustainable development.
Mr. Shakil Durrani, the chief guest, emphasized the importance of working together to make engineering solutions more climate friendly. Prof. Dr. Fazal Ahmad Khalid, the Rector of GIK, highlighted the significance of the conference in addressing climate change and its impacts on our infrastructure. He mentioned that the discussions and ideas shared here will help us build infrastructure that can withstand the challenges of climate change. Prof Dr. Tauha Hussain Ali in his speech has emphasized the role of Civil Engineering on integration of climate resilience into our infrastructure projects, adopting nature-based solutions that enhance ecosystem services, and prioritizing sustainable resource management practice. He further added that by doing so we could help safeguard natural resources and build more resilient communities and economies. Prof Dr. Atta Ullah Shah explained the advanced techniques for assessing natural hazards, modelling their impacts, and implementing risk mitigation measures. Dr. Aneel Kumar, Pro Vice Chancellor, Mehran University and Dr. Shazim Ali Memon from Nazarbayev University Kazakhstan also spoke as Keynote Talks on the occasion.
Prof. Dr. M. Ashraf Tanoli, the Conference Organizing Chair, expressed his satisfaction over the active participation and enthusiasm of attendees on the first day of the conference. He mentioned how inspiring it was to see everyone sharing their ideas and experiences, showing the collective dedication of the civil engineering community to tackle climate change. Throughout the day, participants had the chance to connect with others, learn from experts, and explore new technologies and solutions. The conference also provided a platform for young researchers and students to showcase their work and learn from experienced professionals, encouraging collaboration and mentorship within the industry.