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BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities/UCL Grand Challenge Symposium Series

09:00 05 November - 12:00 06 November 2013

Location: UCL

future city (c) SXC/genkaku

Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities

Missed out on tickets or are unable to attend?  We will be live streaming the event at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/live/scrc-conf

Conference programme:

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9.30 Registration & coffee 

10.00 Introductory remarks - Professor Raimund Bleischwitz, BHP Billiton Chair of Sustainable Global Resources, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources & Dr Ian Scott, Principal Facilitator, UCL Grand Challenges programme

10.30-12.10 Session 1 – Urban Challenges chaired by Andres Sevtsuk, Assistant Professor in Architecture and Sustainable Design, Singapore University of Technology and Design 

  • Is sustainable consumption challenged in the global urban transition?
  • Common Road to 2050 - Energy Scenarios
  • Urban mobility: Havana’s urgent challenge 
  • Developing accessible methods for urban biodiversity monitoring
  • Can urban greenspace and biodiversity reverse the worrying increases in chronic inflammatory disorders?

12.10-13.15 Lunch break

13.15-14.45 Session 2 – Resource supply chaired by Professor Raimund Bleischwitz, UCL ISR

  • Bio Urban Design Lab - Cities as productive landscapes
  • Sustainability Profiling
  • Integrative Sludge Management: A focus on waste production and resource recovery
  • Should we update England’s water supply planning process?
  • Algal Bio-fuels for Sustainable Transport

14.45-15.00 Coffee break

15.00-16.15 Session 3 – Resources consumption chaired by Tadj Oreszczyn, Director of the UCL Energy Institute, Director of the RCUK Centre for Energy Epidemiology (CEE) & Professor of Energy and Environment

  • Fuel poverty and financing methods for energy efficiency measures
  • Developing an interactive tool to explore household resource use and how this might be reduced.
  • Phase Change Material Thermal Stores
  • A methodology for accessing the net GHG impact of new metro rail
  • A City Design Framework to Elucidate Urban Challenges: Energy Flows of Birmingham

16.15-16.45 Charlotte Johnson, Research Associate, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources “UCL ISR funded project to map UCL’s research expertise in urban sustainability” in collaboration with Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), UCL & Short Film viewing

17.00-18.30 Keynote address - Urban Metabolism, Herbert Giradet, Co-founder, World Future Council chaired by Dr Robert Biel, Senior Lecturer, Development         Planning Unit, UCL

18.30-20.00 Drinks reception

About our keynote speaker
Prof. Herbert Girardet is co-founder and former director of programmes of the World Future Council. He is a member of the Club of Rome and the World Academy of Art and Science. He is a recipient of a UN Global 500 Award for outstanding environmental services. He has been consultant to several UN organisations and to major cities such as London, Vienna, Adelaide, Riyadh and Bristol. He is visiting professor of the University of the West of England. He has authored many documentaries, books and reports on sustainable and regenerative development. His new book, Creating Regenerative Cities, will be published in May 2014. 

Wednesday 6 November 2013 – RESEARCH INTO ACTION

10.00 Registration & coffee

10.20 Introductory Remarks Professor Raimund Bleischwitz, BHP Billiton Chair in Sustainable Global Resources, UCL ISR 

10.30 Panel discussion: Cities in Transition chaired by Dr Michele Acuto, Senior Lecturer in Global Networks & Diplomacy, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP); UCL


  • Dr Inge Paulini, Secretary General, German Advisory Council on Global Change
  • Rt Hon Charles Clarke, Honorary Professor of Economic Policy and Migration, University College London
  • Prof Herbert Giradet, Co-founder, World Future Council & Visiting Professor, University of the West of England
  • Dr Lily Song, Provost (Postdoctoral) Fellow, University College London
  • Prof Tadj Oreszczyn, Director of the UCL Energy Institute, Director of the RCUK Centre for Energy Epidemiology (CEE) & Professor of Energy and Environment
  • Dr Yacob Mulugetta, Reader in the Centre for Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey

13.00 Close

The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Tickets are currently sold out. A waiting list is in place and you will be notified if a ticket becomes available.