Annual Meeting 2011: “Sustainability and Change”

23-25 January 2011, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Our planet is faced with a number of rapid changes over the coming decades. These changes include:

  • a changing climate
  • growing demand for food
  • constraints of resources
  • increasing global population and urbanisation
  • ageing societies (more…)

Report from AGS Annual Meeting 2010

Global Change and Sustainability: Pathways to the Sustainable Society in 2050
17-19 March 2010, The University of Tokyo, Japan

The main themes of the AGS Annual Meeting 2010 were: Mitigation and adaptation strategy to climate change and demographic change; Sustainable city-regions; Energy pathways to the future: smart grid and smart infrastructure; Information exchange and communication between academia and society. The meeting included discussions of the post-COP 15 situation and CO2 reduction, venture capital, legal frameworks, energy pathways to the low carbon society, adaptation to climate change, food and water sustainability, and pathways to sustainable urban futures. (more…)

Report from AGS Annual Meeting 2009

AGS Annual Meeting 2009: Urban Futures: the challenge of sustainability
26-29 January 2009, Zurich
The AGS Annual Meeting 2009 was held at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland, in January, focused on Urban Futures. In keynote talks, panel discussions, workshops and poster sessions the dimensions of the challenge were explored.

Topics included energy governance, urban ecology, architecture for the open city, size, shape and sustainability of cities, options for pro-poor urban development, transforming the building stock for sustainability, and whether more mobility increases happiness.

The conference offered a forum for perspectives from public and private stakeholders as well as academia, including UN perspectives on challenges and opportunities for academia, visions from a leading company implementing sustainable city development projects worldwide, and the initiator of an NGO creating self-help communities using innovative bottom-up construction methods.