The Forum for Sustainable Cities will take place 17-21 December 2015 at Balliol College, Oxford, UK, hosted by Environment Europe.Applications are open until 15 November, and registration is open until 1 December.
The forum will explore the state of the art and policy applications in sustainable urban development, drawing on the expertise of the leading experts in the field. With a clear interdisciplinary and sustainable development focus, the forum will bring together practitioners, experts and policy makers form range of disciplines: regenerative cities, sustainable urbanism, renewable energy, sustainable transport, ecological economics, environmental sciences, geography, architecture, psychology, complex systems theory, etc. to address the current challenges: climate change, biodiversity loss, resource depletion, water shortages, social cohesion and achieving sustainability in the urban context. At its source of inspiration, the forum will have a range of ecological economic ideas, namely material balance approach, multidimensional assessment of sustainability, and thinking beyond GDP. Particular attention will be paid to sustainable urbanism, green economy and new architecture in the context of London and beyond.
Invited speakers will include Prof. Herbert Girardet (The Club of Rome and World Future Council), Dr Stefan Speck (European Environment Agency), Mr Nick Aldworth (Transport for Loondon), Dr Stanislav Shmelev (Environment Europe) Prof. Bill Dunster (ZedFactory), Prof. Dave Elliott (The Open University), Mr Philipp Rode (London School of Economics), Mr Peter Daw (Siemens), Lord Norman Foster (Foster and Partners), Prof. Irina Shmeleva (Institute of Sustainable Development Strategies).
Educational forums organized by Environment Europe have already attracted participants from 37 countries including Canada, USA, Mexico, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Iceland, Norway, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Austria, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Czech Republic, Poland, Bosnia, Latvia, Ghana, Nigeria, China, India, Bhutan, Taiwan, Thailand and Australia. Among our alumni are members of UNDP, UNEP & DEFRA staff, PhD students, academics, business (SHELL, DELOITTE) and NGO representatives.