A group of internationally respected environmental experts are meeting at the University of Abertay Dundee today to discuss the creation of sustainable cities.
The ISSUES (Integrating Sciences to Sustain Urban Ecosystem Services) event brings together urban water and environmental planning experts from Abertay University, as well as representatives of the Scottish Government, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Dundee City Council and local environmental artists.
“With climate change risks and increased flooding in recent years, we know the decisions we make now about our cities are vital,” says Dr Rebecca Wade, joint organiser and Abertay University Lecturer in Environmental Science.
“This event is focussed on sustainability, urban drainage, urban nature and city planning – all of which are key research areas at the Urban Water Technology Centre at Abertay University. We’re looking to bring together experts in different disciplines to find solutions to real, serious problems.”
The delegates will also visit Abertay University’s 3D computing suite, the Human Interactive Virtual Environment (HIVE), to see a demonstration of innovative city modelling software being developed at Abertay.
Sessions include discussions on city planning, empowering local authorities to make sustainable decisions, and effective water management. The seminar is being held on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th March, and is jointly organised by Abertay University and Middlesex University.
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The seminars are jointly funded by three research councils – the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the National Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
The event at Abertay University is the final seminar in the series, after five previous seminars were held across the UK, and in Berlin, Germany.
Abertay University is the leading Scottish modern university in environmental science research (RAE 2008). A key part of this is the Urban Water Technology Centre, a specialised research centre focussed on environmental and water management.