How to adapt in a world at 50°C? Learn more at the IMechE conference this September

On September 6-8, 2023, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) will host its 1st International Conference and Workshop on Climate Adaptation and Resilience in London.

During a three-day international conference and workshop, world-renowned experts on adapting to climate change will address the following topics: heat impacts and drought; fluvial and pluvial flooding; and rising sea levels and coastal flooding.


Among the keynote speakers, Professor Toby Peters, Centre for Sustainable Cooling, University of Birmingham, will give a lecture on “The hot reality: living in a 50°C world” on September 6.


Prof. Peters will explore why he believes cooling and cold chain must be seen as critical infrastructure for a well-functioning, well-adapted, resilient and healthy society and economy; as vital as a water-pipe, electricity cable or road; and how we currently approach cooling provision in adaptation to higher temperatures will play a pivotal role in fuelling or mitigating global warming.


This lecture event is free, open to all attendees and concludes with a complementary networking reception.

For more information and registration, visit their website:


  • “The Hot Reality: Living in a +50°C World” is a project led by the Africa Centre for Sustainable Cooling and Cold-chain (ACES) and the UK’s Centre for Sustainable Cooling.
    It brings together an international group of multi-discipline, multi-sector experts to explore through the lens of the cooling how humans can adapt in a sustainable, resilient, just and equitable way to living in a world in which seasonal ambient temperatures are continuously rising and extreme heatwaves are becoming more frequent and prolonged, along with other extreme weather being experienced more broadly.


Did you know? The IIR is currently coordinating a working group of global experts in charge of producing a best practice guide on the Design and Operation of Walk-in Cold Rooms for agriculture in Hot Climates. The guide will be available by the end of 2023.