RICS COBRA 2012, the annual RICS international research conference, took place in Las Vegas.
The conference, organised through collaboration with Arizona State University as academic partner, was well-attended by an international audience of 160 researchers and real estate practitioners. Topics in the built environment, construction, the work and education of chartered surveyors were addressed.
“The conference provided a prime opportunity to raise the profile of RICS among key international construction academics. The RICS COBRA conference is now firmly fixed in the calendar of construction researchers as a key event and through increased RICS member and staff participation at the conference in 2012 we hope to continue to help bridge the gap between industry and academics."
Dr. Clare Eriksson, RICS Director of Global Research and Policy who welcomed delegates at the opening RICS reception, commented.
In 2012 a number of new RICS initiatives took place within the conference programme. John Pierce, RICS Americas Board member, provided a key note address on the overview the markets across the Americas (North and South America) and how important research is for a robust construction sector. A workshop on public-private partnerships was organised through participation of local RICS chapter chairs. Finally, Dan Cook, led a strategy workshop with 28 leading international academics on ‘What is needed from the professions and professionals of the future?’ that covers a number of themes on the future of the construction industry.
COBRA 2012's research papers will be available at www.rics.org/research under 'conference papers'.
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