Innovation in Research and Industry Symposium (IRIS)

The Innovation in Research and Industry Symposium (IRIS) provides a global platform for prestigious speakers to showcase innovative developments and/or cutting-edge research in built environment practice to students, fellow academics, industrial practitioners and policy advisors. Colleagues at other higher education institutions, businesses or organisations internationally are welcome to attend this symposium and/or contribute to the management and leadership of IRIS.

The aim of the virtual event, which is free to attend, is to disseminate knowledge and experience that will benefit future generations of built environment practitioners within our community of practice. We would welcome international collaboration and assistance in hosting future events so if you are interested in joining us (either as a future host or attendee), then please do get in touch.

Guest Speakers

Our guest speakers are pioneers in their respective fields and have been invited to share their wealth of knowledge and experience. The programme of talks will cover a diverse range of topics including (but not limited to): Sustainability and the circular economy, digitalisation and information technology, and infrastructure development. We look forward to seeing you at an event.

Need for a change?

The construction and civil engineering industry is currently undergoing a rapid transformation in the way that it delivers complex projects to meet societal needs for housing and infrastructure development.

Technological innovations, sustainable development and the circular economy, and sprawling urbanisation are some of the considerations which demand the development of pragmatic solutions to address widely debated and emerging social, economic, political and environmental challenges.

Innovation, research and development are central to this transformation because cumulatively, they have the inherent capacity to positively engender impactful and sustainable change.


The weekly IRIS talks will be held virtually on Fridays between 10:00 and 11:00 UTC (11:00 and 12:00 UK Time).

The links for viewing the biography of the speakers and registration can be found from the table below.

Meet the team

IRIS Organisers:

Dr. Saeed Talebi, Senior Lecture and Course Leader for BSc Quantity Surveying, Birmingham City University, UK

Professor David J. Edwards, Birmingham City University, UK

IRIS Chairperson for 2021:

Associate Professor Mark Shelbourn, Head of Department for Built Environment, Birmingham City University, UK

IRIS Administrator:

James Dyer, Birmingham City University, UK

Scientific Committee:

Dr. Damilola Ekundayo, Associate Professor and Team Lead for CM/QS, Birmingham City University, UK

John Posillico, Lecturer for Construction Management, Birmingham City University, UK

Dr. Chris Roberts, Assistant Lecturer, Birmingham City University, UK

Dr. Solomon Adjei, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for BSc Construction Management, Birmingham City University, UK

Mike Leonard, Visiting Professor in Manufacturing in Construction, Birmingham City University, UK

Susan Hayhow, Senior Lecturer, Birmingham City University, UK