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Future Infrastructure Forum


The University of Cambridge is facilitating a series of Future Infrastructure Forums (FIF) over the course of a year. The basis of the FIF series is to bring together UK academics and industry to define a future research vision for ground and structural engineering research.

This website acts as a repository of information for the forum programme.


FIF partners include university research groups in the ground and structural engineering sector and a consortium of key stakeholders including owners, designers and builders involved in developing the UK’s civil infrastructure.

University Partners

University of Bath
University of Bristol
University of Birmingham
University of Cambridge
Cardiff University
University of Edinburgh
Heriot-Watt University
Imperial College London
Loughborough University
University of Leeds
University of Manchester
Newcastle University
University of Nottingham
University of Oxford
Queen’s University Belfast
University of Reading
University of Sheffield
University of Southampton
University of Surrey
University of Warwick
University College London

Industry and Government Partners

Buro Happold
Mott Macdonald
Parsons Brinkerhoff
Bridge Owners Forum
Geotechnical Asset Owners Forum
Institute of Civil Engineers
Transport Research Laboratory
Humber Bridge Board
Highways Agency
Infrastructure UK
National Grid
Network Rail
Transport for London
Transport Scotland
Welsh Government


Prof. Cam Middleton

Campbell Middleton, University of Cambridge

Campbell is the Laing O'Rourke Professor of Construction Engineering and Director of the Centre. His main research interests are in bridge engineering, in particular the ultimate strength of concrete structures, yield-line analysis, risk and safety, wireless sensor networks and NDT applied to bridges, computer vision applications in civil engineering and the management of bridges


Prof. Barry Clarke

Barry Clarke, University of Leeds

Barry is a Professor of Civil Engineering Geotechnics at the University of Leeds. His early career involved running his own company based on his in-situ testing research at the University of Cambridge. He is a Vice President of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the representative for higher education on the sector skills council for construction.  His research interests range from education and training of civil engineers, design and construction of geotechnical structures to resilience of the infrastructure.


Chairman profile photos taken at FIF1, courtesy of Amanda Pyatt.

Latest news

Second FIF forum (FIF2)

27 January 2012

The second meeting of the Future Infrastructure forum (FIF2) was held at Cripps Court, Magdalene College, Cambridge on the 17th and 18th January 2012. A number of overseas academics and consultants attended the forum to provide an international perspective to the problems of creating resilient infrastructure. Further...

First FIF forum (FIF1)

11 October 2011

FIF1 was held on the 26th to 27th of September, 2011. Click here to navigate to a summary of the event and to view presentations. For information on events that may be relevant to you, check out the IRTC calendar: