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London Student Sustainability Conference 2019

For delegates

The London Student Sustainability Conference is a student-led conference highlighting student projects which inspire positive impact in the world.

Join us on Thursday 28 February 2019 at City, University of London to:

  • Broaden your knowledge of the challenges and solutions to today's most critical issues
  • Network with students, academics and professionals from the University of London
  • Gain inspiration for your own research or dissertation projects

Register for your free ticket. For questions or queries please contact sustainable_city@city.ac.uk


The conference will begin at 9:00 with registration from 8:30. We have an exciting line-up of speakers throughout the morning, covering a number of themes relating to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. View the speakers, chairs and full session descriptions.

8:45 – 9:15


9:15 – 9:50

Welcome and key note speakers

Jason Clarke, Head of Sustainability at City, University of London

Rob Compton, UN PRME Programme Leader and Visiting Lecturer at Cass Business School

Tuna Kunt, VP Education at City Students' Union

9:50 – 10:00


10:00 – 10:40

Session 1 

1A: Life on land, life below water

Session Chair: Dr Rosalind Sharpe, Postdoctural Research Fellow at the Centre for Food Policy

  • To waste or not to waste: social and cultural influences on consumers' food waste behaviours - Léna Prouchet, City, University of London
  • Strategies and Progress of the Transnational Movement for Sustainable Palm Oil - Hyeonju Kwon, The London School of Economics and Political Science

1B: Good health and well-being

Session Chair: Ben Robinson, Community Volunteering Officer at City, University of London

  • Going green in healthcare - Nushma Malik, City, University of London
  • Incorporating persuasive designs in a web application to increase employee participation in charity day - Helen Khor, City, University of London

10:40 – 11:10

Break and poster exhibition

11:10 – 11:50

Session 2

2A: Partnerships for the goals

Session Chair: Louise Woodward, Directorate Operations and Project Manager, Student and Academic Services at City, University of London

  • Sustainability education: the key to addressing our global sustainability challenges and successfully meeting ALL of the UN Sustainable Development Goals - Annette Yunus-Pendrey, City, University of London
  • The Exclusionary Politics of Foreign Aid: An Analysis of the United Nations - Taylor DiCiocco, City, University of London

2B: Reduced inequalities

Session Chair: Dr Yi Wu, Lecturer in Real Estate at Cass Business School

  • Female financial illiteracy: breaking down barriers - Zara de Belder, City, University of London
  • Ability Enabled - Yunqiao Xu, City, University of London, Zhaohan Li and Eboni Freeman

11:50 – 12:00


12:00 – 13:00

Session 3

3A: Responsible consumption

Session Chair: Annette Yunus-Pendrey, PhD student and Students' Union Ethics and Environment Officer at City, University of London

  • Can technology help sustainable fashion clean up its act on fighting the war on environmental waste? - Nithya Venkatesan, City, University of London
  • Making coffee great again (and guilt-free):  Sustainable and Social Innovation in E-MOCA (coffee company) - Maria Giulia Castellani, City, University of London
  • Waste Plastic Recovery Certificates: Using Market Instruments to Improve Plastic Recycling - Ahsan Syed, The London School of Economics and Political Science

3B: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Session Chair: Dr Veselin Rakocevic, Senior Lecturer in the School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering

  • Upsourced, better sourced fashion - Claire Chauvel, The London School of Economics and Political Science , Eloise O'Carroll, The London School of Economics and Political Science, and Natasha Jones, UCL
  • Wireless EV charging through lamp posts - Dr Alejandro Asensio Cermeño, Aditya Gupta, Pantea Mollaahmad and Mohnish Singh, City, University of London
  • Evaluating the air pollution impacts of distributed generation systems in urban areas - Faysal Mahad, City, University of London

13:00 – 14:00

Networking, poster exhibition and light refreshments

The Conference will take place at:

The Northampton Suite
City, University of London
Northampton Square

The Northampton Suite is located in the University building, marked as building “B” on this map. Directions and local transport links to get to City, University of London are also available from this page.  Please enter the university via the main entrance off Northampton Square and follow the signs to the conference. Volunteers will be available on the day to show you where to go.

We will be operating a ticketless event, therefore you do not need to print anything off to attend. Simply register for a free ticket here, and then join us on Thursday 28th February! We look forward to seeing you there. For questions or queries please contact sustainable_city@city.ac.uk

For presenters

The London Student Sustainability Conference highlights student research and projects which create positive impacts in the world. The conference is entirely student-led; with opportunities for students to exhibit their work through presentations, posters and performances.

The conference will take place on Thursday 28th February 2019. This is a great opportunity to share your work with a diverse audience, practice presentation skills and network with students, staff and professionals from the University of London and beyond.

Poster exhibition

All presenters, apart from video and performance submissions, will create a poster which will be displayed throughout the day. Posters are a great way to present your research/project in an attractive and easy-to-read format. Your poster should be A1 size (either landscape or portrait) and contain a mixture of text, images and graphics. Templates are available here for landscape and portrait posters. You can decide on the layout, but it must be clear and logical so that the reader’s eye naturally follows the flow of text.

Our poster checklist tells you all you need to know about creating a poster.

Oral presentations 

In addition, students can present their project or research in a 10 minute presentation, using slides if you wish (PowerPoint, PDF, Prezi etc), which will then be followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

Videos, performances and art installations 

We also encourage students to apply whose project or research takes the form of a video, music, dance or spoken word performance, art installation or practical demonstration!

How to apply

Application Guidelines

Before you start your application, please take a look at the Application Guidelines to familiarize yourself with the key dates, submission requirements, and tips on applying.

Application Form

To apply, please complete the application form by midnight, Friday 14th December 2018.

For student volunteers

Looking for volunteering or event management experience? We are looking for student volunteers to help us with setting up and setting down, registration, ushering, taking notes in sessions, event logistics and social media including taking photos, tweeting and posting on Facebook throughout the day. Please visit the Volunteering Hub to find out more about the roles available.

For staff volunteers

Have you got experience, or would like to gain experience, chairing a session at a conference? The Sustainability Team is looking for staff to chair the sessions at this year's conference; ensuring that the presenters keep to time, managing the Q&As and prompting discussions. Please email us at sustainable_city@city.ac.uk to get involved.

For questions or queries please contact sustainable_city@city.ac.uk