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Sustainable Cities Conference

Learning & Networking for the Cities of Tomorrow

July 12, 2016 to July 13, 2016
Erasmus Paviljoen, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

About the Conference

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.

Join us in our two-day conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands - one of the most sustainable cities in the world - to discuss and debate about the future of cities. Get inspired by programmes for building capacity of future city makers. Find out about the labor market perspective from urban practitioners and mobility experts. Engage with urban networks and research organizations. Learn more about examples of good practice in cities. 

What will we do?

Day 1: Learning for Sustainable Urban Development

In the first day, we will provide an introduction to the SUSTAIN Project and its products, outcomes, and impacts by linking it to the bigger questions on the skills, competencies, and tools needed for future city making. In the afternoon, we will feature 'sustainability boot camps' that will be of particular interest to students, young professionals, and educators. These 'boot camps' will include expert presentations, hands-on learning activities, learning expeditions, and multi-disciplinary workshops on showcasing 'how to'  develop skills and competencies on sustainable urban development.

Day 2: Networking for Sustainable Urban Development

In the second day, we will focus on the following themes: education and career opportunities for students and young professionals, opportunities for research collaborations and international partnerships, and sustainable urban development in practice. These plenary sessions will feature diverse formats, ranging from high-level discussions and interactive panels to speed talks and networking events. Our guests include representatives from higher education institutes in Europe and Asia, consulting groups, research funding agencies, urban knowledge networks, and cities' associations.

Click the conference programme below for the schedule of our two-day conference. Further details on the panel discussions, plenary and parallel sessions, including speakers, and other conference activities is likewise available through our conference programme here

How to register

Registration form for the conference is available here. Please register by entering your personal information and conference preferences. We will process the registration of participants in the order in which we receive them. Registration takes place on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

We will send an acknowledgement of receipt and confirmation as soon as possible. In case the number of participants exceeds the maximum number, we will inform those who registered as soon as possible. 

Terms and Conditions

There is no fee for attending the conference. Attendance to the conference includes free admission to all conference activities; conference materials and proceedings; and coffee breaks and social events. Please take note that the participation in the conference also includes an explicit acceptance of the publication of event photos and videos.

The conference does not provide for international (return) tickets, visa processing fees, and local travel expenses. All interested participants requiring a letter of invitation for visa application purposes may request this in advance. 


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.

Learn more about the SUSTAIN Project, which is funded by the European Commission and co-financed by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), here.

Conference Hosts

The conference is hosted by the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies; the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions; and the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Our European partners are Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany; National Technical University of Athens, Greece; European Academy of Bolzano, Italy; Ca' Foscari Univeristy of Venice, Italy; and ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability World Secretariat.

Our partners from Asia are Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia; Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, India; and Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, China.