Online Lecture Series: Urban Science and Sustainability

This online lecture series will invite leading experts in urban science, sustainability science, and urban sustainability to give talks for graduate students, early-career scholars and faculty. By sharing knowledge, insights, ideas, and research experiences, participants in the lecture series will be better equipped to join the research effort dedicated to advancing understanding of sustainable urban development in China and elsewhere.


Main Seminars

Speaker Title Time More information
Prof. José Lobo Urban Sustainability Science: Development and Opportunity

10:00-12:00, Oct 8 2021, CST

04:00-06:00, Oct 8 2021, CET

19:00-21:00, Oct 7 2021, PDT

Slides & Video
Prof. Luís M. A. Bettencourt Introduction to Urban Science: The Challenge of Sustainable Development

10:00-12:00, Oct 22 2021, CST

04:00-06:00, Oct 22 2021, CET

21:00-23:00, Oct 21 2021, CDT

Slides & Video
Prof. Christopher Kennedy The Evolution of Cities

09:00-11:00, Nov 4 2021, CST

03:00-05:00, Nov 4 2021, CET

18:00-20:00, Nov 3 2021, PDT

Registration Link
Prof. Xuemei Bai TBD

10:00-12:00, Nov 22 2021, CST

04:00-06:00, Nov 22 2021, CET

19:00-21:00, Nov 21 2021, PDT

Registration Link
Prof. Michele Acuto TBD

10:00-12:00, Dec 7 2021, CST

04:00-06:00, Dec 7 2021, CET

19:00-21:00, Dec 6 2021, PDT

Registration Link
Prof. Timon McPhearson TBD TBD Registration Link

Organization and Committees

  • Host institutes: Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Arizona State University; The University of Chicago
  • Scientific Committee: Dr. Yong-Guan Zhu; Dr. José Lobo; Dr. Luís M. A. Bettencourt
  • Organizing Committee: Dr. Wei-Qiang Chen; Dr. José Lobo; Dr. Tao Lin; Dr. Lulu Song; Dr. Yupeng Liu; Dr. Jing Guo; Ms. Xiaohui Lu

Appendix: Three principal goals of the lecture series

  • Educationally, they will introduce students to the research frontiers in urban science and urban sustainability science in China and worldwide. By sharing knowledge, insights, ideas, and research experiences (albeit remotely), participants in the lecture series will be better equipped to join the research effort dedicated to advancing understanding of urbanization and socioeconomic development.
  • The second objective is to facilitate the development of research dialogues and collaborations about urbanization in China and more generally, about urban sustainability science.
  • Thirdly, if the online series is assessed to be successful, it can be the basis for designing an in-person Winter School on Urban Sustainability Science to be held at the Xiamen campus of the IUE in 2022.