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‘Trailblazing’ council position commended
5:20am Tuesday 11th September 2012 in News
A DECISION to appoint UK’s first local authority chief scientific adviser to Southampton City Council has been praised as trailblazing by a respected industry body.
The Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) said the appointment of Professor AbuBakr Bahaj, head of Southampton University ’s energy and climate change division, pictured, was a recognition of the role engineering has in running councils.
Steve Hyde, assistant regional director of ICE South East England, said: “We hope this will be followed by other councils. Professor Bahaj is also a Fellow of ICE which reflects his extensive expertise and knowledge in this field so we offer our support to help ensure that policy makers in the local authority take decisions that make best use of scientific and engineering advances and evidence.”