Programme Highlights

Programme Highlights

Ecocity World Summit 2022 will bring you many stimulating sessions you simply can’t miss. Here is a sneak peek at some of the must-attend lectures.

*Please, note that the exact timings and locations of the talks might be subject to change 

Kirstin Miller

ECOCITY DIGITAL TWINS AND THE LOCALIZED ECOCITY MODEL

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 | 13:00 CEST

How can working in the open-source digital environment help accelerate ecocity/sustainable development that is more adaptable accessible, and affordable? Currently, Ecocity Builders is integrating multiple open-source tools into a digital environment, working with a number of programs and applications including 3D modeling software and a visual programming language. The presentation will demonstrate data and analysis from a variety of sources including network analysis (distance to amenities, transit routes, etc.), indoor or outdoor sensors (air quality, water quality, etc.), or other government or municipal sources or apps. Socio-cultural information will come from resident surveys and city apps. Finally, some of the data will likely originate from inspection and certifications that can be recorded to a blockchain ledger. The presentation will also touch on how agent-based modeling can help better understand and predict the future evolution of cities and communities, both planned and informal.

Katharina Hölscher

CO-CREATING SUSTAINABLE URBAN SOLUTIONS

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 | 13:00 CEST

Urban governance in transition

Transformative governance presents a vision for the type of governance that can create institutional space for and facilitate those actions that can purposefully contribute to the transformation required for dealing with climate change and unsustainability in cities. Katharina will show how capacities for transformative governance are already developing in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and New York City (NYC), United States. (In both cities, integrated, experimental and inclusive governance approaches are emerging, which cross multiple policy sectors and domains (e.g. transport, energy, health, justice), involve a variety of actors and facilitate experimentation with innovative solutions.)

Cecil Konijnendijk

DELIVERING NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS THROUGH URBAN FORESTRY

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 | 14:45 CEST

Trees and woodland make essential contributions to healthier, more resilient, and more vibrant cities. Cecil will show how the interdisciplinary field of urban forestry has been delivering nature-based solutions to urban challenges across the globe.

David Peck

CRITICAL MATERIALS IN THE BIODIVERSE, CIRCULAR, HEALTHY, AND RESILIENT CITY

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 | 14:45 CEST

A biodiverse, circular, healthy, and resilient city will need low carbon, renewable, power. It will also need electricity for mobility. To optimize everything, digital, smart systems, will be deployed at scale. This transition from fossil fuels requires a spectrum of technology materials. The demand will be very high over compressed timescales. The supply of these materials is by no means certain and they have been defined as “critical materials”. This presentation explores the challenges and the circular options that are available.

Bertram de Rooij

RECONNECTING URBAN AND RURAL PERSPECTIVES

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 | 14:45 CEST

Borders exists only in our head, the natural fundament connects. Bertram will dive into the need, opportunities, and challenges of reconnecting urban and rural perspectives. How can shared comprehensive, systemic understanding and envisioning a shared place-based future bridge the gap?

Dr. Sahar Attia

REVISITING THE CONCEPT OF HEALTHY COMMUNITIES AFTER COVID-19

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 | 14:45 CEST

The concept of a Healthy City is a broad term that integrates multiple parameters. This short presentation questions whether this concept will develop to shape the future of cities. It highlights the principles that should be emphasized to prioritize health issues on the agenda and communities’ programs of decision-makers globally.

Dr. Nadina Galle

INTERNET OF NATURE: HOW EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES CAN IMPROVE (AND RECONNECT PEOPLE TO) URBAN ECOSYSTEMS

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 | 16:30 CEST

Smart cities are putting technology to work to relieve congestion, restore democracy, prevent crime, and improve public services. Yet, the ecology upon which cities rely risks being left behind by the digital revolution. At the same time, city ecologists, planners, and designers lack the insights needed to safeguard urban nature. Could technology hold the answer to greener and smarter cities?

Dr. Nadina Galle takes her audience into the lab, in the field, and onto the street with avant-garde innovators as they: use sensors and machine learning to predict how much water a tree will need the day after tomorrow; alter reality in the outdoors to gamify nature conservation; train deep learning algorithms to monitor insect biodiversity; and foster human-nature relationships through texting trees. Nadina calls their quest the “Internet of Nature” (IoN).

Through research, design, and real-life (success) stories, Nadina shows us how the IoN is already being applied to build better places to live.