The British Geotechnical Association (BGA) is the principal
association for geotechnical engineers in the United Kingdom.

The 2024 John Mitchell Lecture

BGA Meeting
  • 23.01.2024
  • 18:30 - 19:45
  • Telford Lecture Theatre, Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA
  • Event Type: BGA Meeting
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The 2024 John Mitchell Lecture


Dr Barnali Ghosh of Mott MacDonald

23rd Jan 2024 18:30 hours

Telford Lecture Theatre, Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA

Event Information

This event is planned as an in-person event, and will also be webcast live.

This event is free to attend, but advance booking is required. A booking link will be given on this page nearer the event.

Photographs may be taken at the event and used for BGA promotional purposes; if you have any objections please contact the BGA via email.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

The John Mitchell Award is presented annually by the ICE, based on a nomination from the BGA, for significant contributions in the field of geotechnical engineering. The award was instituted in 2008 in memory of the prominent geotechnical engineer John Mitchell of Arup, who was killed while observing piling works at a central London site in 1990.

The award criteria considered by the BGA include the following:

  • In reflection of John Mitchell’s career, selection will favour practical applications of up to date geotechnical concepts or models (rather than advanced theoretical academic practice).
  • The BGA will consider individuals, like John, who in the course of their careers via incremental works have made significant contribution to geotechnical practice.
  • Notwithstanding the above, the BGA will in addition consider any contemporary practitioner who has instigated a major advance in the geotechnical field, thus opening the award up to the innovative, regardless of age or incremental contribution count.

This event is free to attend.

Speaker Biography

Dr Ghosh is a recognised expert in geotechnical offshore and earthquake engineering. She is currently a Technical Director within Mott MacDonald, where she leads a team of specialist geo seismic engineers. She has carried out both regional and site specific geotechnical and seismic hazard assessments for a range of structures in the energy, infrastructure, and manufacturing sectors, and has acted as lead Geo Seismic Specialist in several prestigious projects across the world. She is often tasked with producing basis of design documents for different near shore and offshore projects.

After graduating from Jadavpur University in India with a master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering (1997), and working at a research centre also in India, she undertook research on geotechnical earthquake engineering for her PhD at Trinity College, Cambridge University (2003), followed by a post doc at Cambridge (2003–2005) before joining Arup in their London office (2006). Dr Ghosh joined Mott MacDonald in 2012, becoming Technical Principal in 2017.

Dr Ghosh is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at Cambridge University for Geo Seismic Engineering. She has also worked part time as an adviser for the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) UK, after being awarded a fellowship by the Royal Commission of the Exhibition of 1851. She has been extensively published in international journals, is an invited speaker in many seismic conferences, and has recently contributed chapters to the book ‘Design of Foundations in Seismic Areas – Principles and Applications’ published by NISEE. She was part of the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) following the Nepal earthquake in 2015 and is part of several committees related to seismic engineering.

Barnali was the winner of the prestigious 2017 Shamsher Prakash Award for Excellence in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and a winner in the Top 50 Women in Engineering Award in UK (2020). She is also part of the network for inclusion of diversity and women in Mott MacDonald, and a role model and mentor for women engineers within the company and panel member for ICE diversity committee (Southeast).

Refreshment Details

Tea and Coffee will be available from 18:00.

All attendees are invited to a drinks reception after the lecture.

Event Sponsor

This event is sponsored by Mott MacDonald

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