A podcast about how we create environments that care.

The smart infrastructure podcast series that draws on the insights of the smart thinkers responsible for creating environments that care


We all want to feel safe, be healthy, fulfill our dreams. We want to have the best life – for our communities, for our environment, for ourselves, and for the next generations. We need to be smart in our approach – how we build the spaces we live and work in, how we use and share resources, and how we innovate and apply technology. We need smart thinkers that can connect the dots to create environments that care.


"Joining the dots" is a podcast series that draws on the insights of those responsible for creating environments that care, and those directly impacted by their benefits. Join us, as our host Imogen Foulkes brings their inspiring perspectives together.


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In the first episode, Shirley Rodrigues, London’s Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, and Cedrik Neike, CEO of Siemens Smart Infrastructure, discuss London’s exemplary mission: to become the ultra-low emission vehicles capital of Europe, and as such to lead by example in the movement towards cleaner and greener cities. 


Air pollution affects 9 out of 10 people worldwide – and its effects are serious.


How is London planning on decreasing the levels of air pollution and how does technology help? What measurements do cities around the world have to take, right now, for a better future of their inhabitants? How can a city like London become an example for other megacities?


Listen in on ideas and solutions on how to turn the world into a cleaner, greener and better place.

On a side note:

As there are constant updates of the statistics of the City of London (mentioned by Shirley Rodrigues), please find the latest information on the Environment Publications page.

In our second episode, host Imogen Foulkes welcomes Sandra Breuer, managing partner and architect with Combine Consulting and Sabine Erlinghagen, Vice President of Digital Buildings at Siemens. They discuss how new technologies and, specifically, smart offices, impact the way we work.


Flexibility seems to be key when it comes to the workplace of the future, and technology one of the most powerful enablers. Yet, technological progress always entails many questions that go beyond the “hardware” and relate to deep human needs.


How can work really be made more attractive? How can a business create a workplace flexible enough for an environment that is increasingly complex and difficult to predict? How can a mere building become an important asset for the successful future of a company? And: Does everything have to change again when Gen Z enters the workforce? 


Listen in on ideas and solutions about how smart offices are changing the world and what role the next generations of employees play in creating the workplace of the future.

In our third episode, host Lydia Bierwirth welcomes Prof. Malcolm McCulloch, an Associate Professor in Engineering Science at Oxford University, Prof. Joachim Müller-Kirchenbauer, who is a Professor in Energy and Resource Management at the Technical University of Berlin, and Prof. Stefan Niessen, Professor in Technology and Economics of Multimodal Energy Systems at the Technical University of Darmstadt and Head of Technology Field Energy Systems at Siemens. Together, they discuss what the future of energy and electricity will look like.


The world is changing at a rapid pace, and not everyone has equal access to the same standards of living and quality of life or even access to electricity. How is it possible to bring affordable, reliable electricity to everybody? At the same time, how is a growing number of people provided such access in sustainable ways? Do carbon-neutral ways of producing energy exist? How far can usages and energy flows be optimized?

It’s abundantly clear: we must protect our planet for future generations.


Listen in on ideas and solutions on which technologies are the main enablers for a better world and what other factors influence the energy mix of the future. 

In our fourth episode, host Michael Palmer from Siemens welcomes Nadimeh Mehra, Vice President of District 2020 at the Expo 2020 Dubai, and Emily Feavel, Program Manager at Siemens, to discuss some of the challenges  of urbanization  and how Expo 2020 Dubai could create a blueprint for future smart cities. 


The world’s population continues to increase. By 2030, the world  may  have  over  40  so-called megacities - cities with more than 10 million inhabitants.  By 2050, more than two-thirds of all of us will live in cities. Cities will thus naturally be at the forefront when it comes to grappling  some of  the biggest  sustainability  challenges  on the globe. In Dubai, the Expo 2020 team and SIEMENS will stimulate the necessary conversations and thus help create global awareness. 


Hear what solutions and technologies are the main enablers for a smarter world and what other factors influence the cities of the future.