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Chalmers is awarded WSBE2020– a global conference for a sustainable built environment

In collaboration with RISE and Johanneberg Science Park, Chalmers has, in fierce competition, been granted the opportunity to organise the next edition of the global conference – in Gothenburg 2020.

The World Sustainable Built Environment Conference (WSBE) is held every three years and is considered the world’s most prestigious conference and forum in the field.  Holger Wallbaum, Professor of Sustainable Built Environment and profile area leader: 

     - The conference is a unique opportunity for us to present Chalmers, Gothenburg and all of Sweden on an international stage, and specifically how we address issues about a sustainable built environment. For me, being able to make visible our profile area “Responsible resource management” is wonderful and I hope that it will both attract more researchers to Chalmers and lead to more collaborations. 

The motivation for finally choosing Chalmers and partners as organisers of the event is partly their strong foundation in both national and international networks and the industry behind the application, and partly the way in which the programme for the conference has been structured, based on the UN’s sustainable development goals

     - The platform with Chalmers and its areas of strength alongside RISE, Johanneberg Science Park and the City of Gothenburg constitutes a very clear example of the interoperability aptitude that we have. It is also great that we are able to contribute to the specification of the global sustainability goals”, Holger Wallbaum continues. 

The next WSBE conference will take place in Hong Kong in June 2017. The overall goal of the conferences is to increase knowledge and skills within the design, development, construction and operation of buildings and urban systems. The originator of the conference is iiSBE, a global, non-profit organisation whose main purpose is to facilitate and promote the introduction of policies, methods and tools to speed up the shift toward a sustainable social built environment globally. 

The application work has been coordinated by Izabela Kurkowska (principal author of the application) and conducted in collaboration with Holger Wallbaum, Liane Thuvander, Paula Femenias, Mats Rydehell and Henriette Söderberg from Chalmers, Kristina Mjörnell from RISE and Evdoxia Kouraki and Mats Bergh from Johanneberg Science Park with support from Anna Hylander from Gothenburg Convention Bureau.
 
The programme committee for the conference will be chaired by Holger Wallbaum and Kristina Mjörnell.

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Contact for questions Evdoxia Kouraki, evdoxia.kouraki@johannebergsciencepark.se 
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Published: Mon 08 May 2017. Modified: Thu 22 Jun 2017