Partner Close up: Institute of Environmental Science

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The Contamination Series is just under a week away from opening the doors of the NEC to some 6,000 visitors across a huge breadth of industries. Tickets for the event are available from The Contamination Series website, so be sure to secure your attendance at the event and plan your agenda with the digital show guide also found on the website.

With so many amazing partners with the show, we wanted to take the time to give you a behind the scenes look at some of the great work being done by our partners and the opportunities they see within The Contamination Series. We've asked the Institute of Environmental Science to open up about all their latest developments. 

Tickets are available now, grab yours now at contaminationexpo.com!!

Tell us a bit about the work the Institute of Environmental Science currently does?

The Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) is a membership organisation that represents professionals from fields as diverse as air quality, land contamination and education, wherever you find environmental work underpinned by science. The organisation leads debate, dissemination and promotion of environmental science and sustainability, and promotes an evidence-based approach to decision and policy making. The Institution stands up for science, scientists and the natural world. For some time, the IES has been the professional body of choice for many land condition professionals. By the end of 2017, the number of these specialists had grown to such an extent that land condition became the largest specialism within our membership. To ensure that we are serving this group, we launched our land condition community. This is the first of a series of new communities established by the IES to better facilitate engagement with and between our members. Since the launch of the land condition community we have published a special edition of our environmental SCIENTIST journal focusing on topical issues within land condition, hosted specialist webinars and run our inaugural Land Condition Symposium. Following the success of this year’s event we will be running this symposium annually in various locations around the country. We have exciting plans coming up for the coming year. Join our community to stay in touch and be the first to hear about our all the latest developments.

Tell us about the history/background of the Institute of Environmental Sciences?

The Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) is a charitable organisation which promotes and raises public awareness of environmental science by supporting professional scientists and academics working in this crucial area. As a seminal environmental sciences organisation, founded in 1971, the Institution is consulted by the Government and other interested parties on environmental issues. The Institution has strong ties with Higher Education and promotes and supports environmental science and sustainable development in universities and colleges both nationally and internationally. Membership of the Institution offers stepping stones on a career path - from student to Chartered status, attracting professionals of high standing with significant specialist and interdisciplinary experience.

What is the goal/goals of the organisation?

In upholding and promoting the standards and importance of the profession, we not only act as an advocate for environmental science, but as a catalyst for improvement. We provide an inspirational vision for the profession as a whole, and the strategic direction to implement this. Committed to excellence, the IES exists to serve its members and the public, and through innovation aspires to distinction in the services it provides.

Why have you chosen to partner with the Contamination Expo Series this year?

By partnering with the Contamination Expo Series we demonstrate our commitment to the land condition sector, gaining knowledge of current issues, challenges and innovative developments currently being discussed within the sector. We also enjoy the opportunity at the exhibition to interact with many of our members on a personal level and discuss ways in which we can further support them throughout their career from graduation through to chartership and fellowship. We seek inspiration from the sector and professionals working within it to further develop and extend the offerings we provide to our members to grow this specialism further.

Can you tell us a bit about the seminars the Institution of Environmental Sciences associated speaker is running at this year’s Contamination Expo Series?

Adam Sokolowski, Associate Director of TRC Solutions, Chartered Environmentalist and IES member, will be presenting ‘The Anatomy of a Brownfield Specialist’ on Wednesday 12th September at 11:45 in Theatre 21. Adam will profile the broad skill sets applied by brownfield specialists today and consider the needs of the future. He will debate how we must upskill the brownfield professionals of tomorrow and introduce the IES, exploring the Institution’s role within the sector, both in promoting best practice and CPD.

Secure your tickets for The Contamination Series by visiting the website, contimationexpo.com. Be sure to check out the complete digital show guide online as well to begin planning your agenda across the incredibly busy two days.

If you wish to get in contact with the Institute of Environmental Sciences you can reach them on 020 7601 1920 or at info@the-ies.org. You can also follow on Twitter at IES_UK!