IEMA Futures is a network of students, graduates and early-career professionals who are passionate about environment and sustainability issues. As a network, we provide you with a platform to connect, inform, engage and drive your transition into becoming a future leader of the profession.

We are a member-led network delivering events and activities designed specifically for young IEMA members looking to kick-start their career. In our dynamic events programme, you will hear talks by industry leading experts and participate in interactive event workshops, ensuring that you’re up-to-date with the people, discoveries and challenges that are defining the industry today.

Becoming involved with our network delivers countless benefits. By joining us, you will:

  • expand your knowledge
  • develop your skills
  • put your studies into a real-world context
  • show employers that you’re serious about the profession
  • demonstrate that you’re committed to CPD (Continuing Professional Development)
  • join a community of like-minded individuals.

Want to get involved? It’s easy, simply email and let us know that you want to join. Once joining, you will receive information and updates about our events programme.

Past Events

IEMA Futures vs Fellows.

This event took place in February 2020.

IEMA Futures held the first of the Futures vs Fellows events in February 2020. Following IEMAs declaration of a climate and environmental emergency in September 2019, and the thought piece developed by the Fellows working group on Disruptive Technologies and Sustainability, IEMA Futures met the Fellows to discuss the role of disruptive technologies in climate action.

A panel of environment and sustainability professionals from across the sector came together to discuss the application of disruptive technologies in the environment and sustainability sector and how we can use them to advance our work on climate action. The discussion was chaired by Penny Walker, Sustainability Facilitator, Coach, Trainer and Consultant, and each panelist had a different driver for looking at this in more detail. The main conclusions of our discussions were that:

  • We are currently going through a transition of learning about how to apply disruptive technologies in the environment and sustainability sector.
  • Behaviour change is required to successfully implement disruptive technology.
  • Sharing ideas of application, lessons learnt and successes amongst and between our organisations is key.
  • Disruptive technology can be used as a communicative tool to enhance the work we currently deliver in our roles.

IEMA Futures Sustainability Conference.

This event took place in October 2019.

The IEMA Futures Sustainability Conference was a one-day event that provided a space for young and emerging environment and sustainability professionals to discuss the role that they can play in the sustainability transition. We had insightful and engaging talks from experienced professionals from the LEGO Group, NUS SOS, Co-op, Skanska and more. The talks and interactive workshops debated topics such as youth leadership, sustainable consumption and the journey of a sustainability career.

Our 100 participants took away some important lessons about driving sustainability and changing the way we think about our planet. The main take-home points were that:

  • There is a need to improve the way we communicate about sustainability if we want others to join our fight against climate change.
  • We need to be careful about how we frame sustainability because we might end up over consuming products branded as “sustainable” and fail to tackle the root cause of this increasing challenge.
  • “Creating purposeful organisations is the foundation for driving sustainability” – Clive Wilson, keynote speaker.
  • As young people, we have the change to help lead the way and leave a legacy for the generations to come.

IEMA Futures - Low Carbon Britain.

This event took place in May 2019.

IEMA Futures’ Low Carbon Britain event was led by Simone Codrington and Katie Atherton of the IEMA Futures network and North West steering group. This event was held to help individuals gain an understanding of low carbon solutions for cities, companies and individuals, with the aim of focusing specifically on Manchester and its zero carbon 2038 pledge.

Speakers included:

  • Matt Rooney from Anthesis who discussed the SCATTER 7 (Setting City Area Targets & Trajectories for Emissions Reduction) core cities,
  • Dr Kim Yates from Mott MacDonald who discussed low carbon infrastructure and how the opportunity is biggest in the early stages – you can either build nothing or build less before making the decision to build something new,
  • Katie Atherton from Skanska who shared the newly announced net-zero carbon target for Skanska and what this will mean for them as a business.

Attended by around 25 people, this intimate event was based around insightful presentations from the speakers followed by a group workshop where attendees were given scenarios and asked to calculate/estimate the carbon emissions for them based on figures given, then suggest ways that these could be reduced. To close the event, attendees made their own low carbon pledges.

Brexit: what does it mean for the Environment?

This event took place on the 6th February 2019.

During the course of the event, the following topics were covered:

  • environmental repercussions of Brexit through multiple lenses
  • what different scenarios could mean for you
  • what potential impact future trade deals could have, and how you think stakeholders should respond

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