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Learning & Networking for the Cities of Tomorrow
Who shapes the future of cities we want? What role will educators, students, and young professionals play? What are the skills, competencies, and tools needed? What are the opportunities for bridging education, research, and practice for sustainable cities?
The Sustainable Cities Conference will be a milestone in our efforts to facilitate knowledge sharing and international collaboration for sustainable urban development. Through the conference, we aim to connect and engage students, educators, researchers, higher education institutes, cities’ associations, and urban practitioners in meaningful and dynamic discussions on the topic of sustainability in cities.
The conference is supported by the SUSTAIN Project which aims to promote sustainable urban development in higher education and to stimulate cooperation between European and Asian higher education institutes.The conference is hosted by the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS); the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT); and the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
The SUSTAIN Project has been included in a selection of recent Erasmus Mundus Action 3 projects with a "good level of sustainability and high importance to activities under Erasmus+." Erasmus+ is the European Union programme which supports projects, partnerships, events and mobility in the areas of education, training, youth and sport.
The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) has contributed in the new UN Habitat publication, "Sustainable Urbanization in the Paris Agreement", a comparative review of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for Urban Content".
The RESILIENT CITIES Book Series aims to analyse the challenges faced by cities and provide an up-to-date body of knowledge, including a systematic collection of global cutting-edge best practices, fundamental to managing the urban transition toward resilience.
The best practices will be collected and analysed following a common format, enabling the reader to understand the solutions adopted and clearly highlighting the parameters and possibilities for replication and up-scaling. The best practices are taken from a global city base including, Barcelona, Medellin, Adelaide, Copenhagen, Seoul, and Accra.
Last week, SUSTAIN in collaboration with its sponsors welcomed academics, professionals and students to its Sustainable Cities Conference at the Erasmus University.
The two day conference aimed to discuss and debate what skills, competencies and tools are required to shape the cities of the future as well the responsibilities of educators, students and professionals in these circumstances. The symposium also intended to celebrate the inter-university facilitation of knowledge sharing and international collaboration initiated by SUSTAIN in this important and motivating field.