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City University London and IEEE to host engineering sustainability debate

Renowned scientists and engineers are to gather at City in March 2011 to discuss sustainability from a systems perspective.
by Luke Nava

Approaching sustainability from a systems perspective is the subject of a public debate on Wednesday 30 March 2011 hosted by the Systems and Control Research Centre at City University London and the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society (SMCS) in the UK and Ireland.

A panel of renowned scientists and engineers will gather at City’s Islington campus, to explore the rationale for a broader view on sustainability – how the subject can be treated as an emergent system property, influenced by a wide variety of interacting ecological, economic, political, social and technical factors.

“Whatever your degree of conviction about climate change and its impact on our lives, sustainability is poised to emerge as the key challenge of the 21st century for scientists and engineers. The aim of this debate is to engage practitioners, stakeholders and decision makers, and explore, inform and demystify today’s pertinent sustainability issues.”

Professor Nick Karcanias, Director of City’s Systems and Control Research Centre, and Professor Ali Hessami, Chairman of IEEE SMCS in the UK

Attendees can find out more information about the event and register their place here. Speakers and topics will include:

  • Professor Harald Müller, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt: A New World Order: Building Blocks for Sustainable Global Governance
  • Professor Yannis Phillis, Director of CAM Laboratory: Sustainability Indicators for Nations – Models of Sustainability Assessment
  • Dr Paul Waide, Navigant Consulting: Sustainability Focused Energy Policy
  • Professor Fred Steward, Policy Studies Institute: Transformative Innovation and Sustainability Transitions
  • Professor Brian Collins, Department of Transport and BIS: Intelligent Mobility: A Sustainable Way of Alleviating Congestion and Stress
  • Dr Erastos Filos, European Commision: Low-Carbon Manufacturing: The Role of ICT
  • David Smith, Global Futures & Foresight: The future of education, training and development

The Systems and Control Research Centre is one of the five research centres within City University London’s School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, covering the areas of systems, control of complex systems and information engineering.

IEEE SMCS is a non-profit professional Society within the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

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