Events: Global events at Chalmers University of TechnologyWed, 05 Jun 2019 11:29:52 +0200 Symposium on Social-Ecological Urbanism: Balancing Dense and Green Urban Development<p>Chalmers Conference Centre, Chalmersplatsen 1, Scaniasalen</p><p>​Chalmers University of Technology, SMoG, Architecture and Civil Engineering: The focus of the Second Seminar on Social-Ecological Urbanism will be the balancing act we have to start performing. The answer to the problems with smart growth should not be less density, but instead, different densities that embrace the advantages, and counteract the disadvantages. Urban greening is clearly part of the new equation. During the first half of the day, we will shed light on these contradictions to, during the second half-day, focus on new ways of thinking, balancing between dense and green.</p>​<span style="background-color:initial">We will do so at three levels: <em>first</em>, at a conceptual level, we need new concepts and new images that can help to start working on the balancing act; <em>second</em>, at a methodological level, we need more advanced and consistent spatial analysis, based in a systems understanding of urban processes including both social and ecological processes; <em>third</em>, at a practical level, we need best practices that inspire how this can be actualized beyond concepts and theory. </span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>In between these two blocks, we welcome the key note speaker of the seminar, Marina Alberti, who is the world leading scholar in the field of Social-Ecological Urbanism and has written numerous books about cities as hybrid ecosystems. Her research focuses on the interactions between urban development patterns and ecosystem function, urban eco-evolutionary dynamics, and the properties of urbanizing regions that enhance their resilience and socio-ecological innovation.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Register by sending an email to Meta Berghauser Pont (<a href="">​</a>)</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">PROGRAM TUESDAY JUNE 18</h2> <div>9:00 <span style="white-space:pre"> </span>COFFEE</div> <div>9:30 <span style="white-space:pre"> </span>The Density Paradigm: Meta Berghauser Pont (Chalmers, Sweden) </div> <div>Environmental contradictions of Smart Growth: Åsa Gren (Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Sweden)</div> <div><br /></div> <div>10:30 <span style="white-space:pre"> </span>The health effects of dense cities and the role of urban greening: Mare Löhmus (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden)</div> <div>Experiencing the urban environment and the role of density and urban greening: Karl Samuelsson (Gävle University, Sweden) </div> <div>Green accessibility or green connectivity: Meta Berghauser Pont (Chalmers, Sweden) </div> <div>12:00 <span style="white-space:pre"> </span>LUNCH</div> <div>13:00 <span style="white-space:pre"> </span>KEYNOTE Urbanism from an eco-evolutionary perspective: MARINA ALBERTI (University of Washington, director Urban Ecology Research Laboratory, USA)</div> <div>14:00 <span style="white-space:pre"> </span>COFFEE</div> <div>14:30 <span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Towards a social-ecological spatial morphology: Lars Marcus (Chalmers, Sweden)</div> <div>Urban form and green spaces: towards integrated analytical models: Giovanni Fusco (Université Côte-Azur, CNRS, ESPACE, Nice, France). </div> <div>Social-Ecological Reciprocities in the Northwestern European context: Arjan van Timmeren (TU Delft, Director AMS Institute, the Netherlands). </div> <div><br /></div> <div>16:00 <span style="white-space:pre"> </span>PANEL DISCUSSION Social-Ecological Urbanism for Human wellbeing and Scale-crossing Resilience Building: moderator Stephan Barthel (Stockholm Resilience Centre, Gävle University, Sweden)</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Background</h2> <div>The concept Social-Ecological Urbanism was launched by the publication of the book <em>Principles for Social-Ecological Urbanism</em> in 2013 by Barthel et al. They integrated two lines of thinking of the city as an ecosystem and developed a new theory of cities that can help to reformulate the sustainable urban development paradigm that has been dominated by Smart Growth or similar concepts during the last decades. Social-Ecological Urbanism deals not only with designs for mitigation of especially carbon emissions, dominant in the Smart Growth paradigm and resulting in high density solutions, but also with adaptation measures to enhance adaptive capacities in cities. Social-Ecological Urbanism looks for synergies between ecological and sociospatial systems, acknowledges the existence of conflicts between them and uses the systems’ capacity to absorb shocks, utilize them, reorganize and continue to develop without losing fundamental functions, i.e. builds resilience in the system. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The authors of the book <em>Principles for Social-Ecological Urbanism</em>, have continued working on the theme at different institutions and the group has grown bigger and is today located at various institutions in Sweden. The core groups in Sweden can be found at the University of Gävle, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economic and Stockholm Resilience Centre and Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. Leaders of the various groups focusing on Social-Ecological Urbanism at these institutions are architects, urban planners and ecologists and have over the years developed a strong network of collaboration.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>In Gothenburg, the Spatial Morphology Group (SMoG), led by Lars Marcus and Meta Berghauser Pont has developed methods to study the social-ecological performance of cities including integrated GIS-based models and a joint description of social-ecological morphology, integrating the central morphological components in landscape ecology (patches, corridors and matrix) and urban morphology (streets, plots and buildings). </div> <div><br /></div> <div>A first Seminar on Social-Ecological Urbanism was organized November 2016 at the University of Gävle where the width of the concept was discussed (see attached report of that seminar). Chalmers will in February 2019 organise the second Seminar on Social-Ecological Urbanism where the focus will be on the paradigm-shift needed when it comes to sustainable urban development where especially models such as Compact Cities, Smart Growth and TOD will be challenged and proposals will be made to develop new models that embrace the thinking in Social-Ecological Urbanism to its full extend. Density is a key concept here; it is not only the central research variable in many studies on sustainable urban development, it is also one of the main guiding principles for sustainable urban development according to UN Habitat (2014). </div> <div><br /></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Compact City Paradigm </h2> <div>As a response to ineffective and unsustainable patterns of urban growth (sprawl) concepts revolving around compaction have emerged, such as <em>compact cities</em> and <em>smart growth</em>. These umbrella concepts represent the most prevalent planning strategies to develop cities that are more sustainable, advocating and embracing compact, transit-oriented, walkable, bicycle-friendly land use that include mixed-use development with a range of housing choices.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Despite the ongoing debate on the pros and cons of densification in academia as well as in the public debate, it is today widely adopted by planners and policy makers as a sustainable land use form (Buys &amp; Miller 2012). For example, it is frequently endorsed in European national and local policy and discussion documents (Howley 2010) such as the publication ´Rätt Tätt´ (Boverket 2016) by the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning and Swedish comprehensive planning documents (Legeby 2015). Also, the UN-supported Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the UN-Habitat planning principles argue for densification as a sustainable strategy (MA 2005; UN Habitat 2014). At the same time, scholars also warn about too dense townscapes (loss of views and daylight, dark and small inner courtyards, strains on privacy and a challenged personal integrity in apartments, offices and in shrinking outdoor space). A call for <em>Qualified Density</em> (Gaffron et al. 2005) or <em>Functional Density</em> (Berg et al. 2012; 2017) reflect the dual need to balance reasonable density and reasonable spaciousness.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>A review paper by four researchers of the Swedish group working with Social-Ecological Urbanism (Gren et al. 2018), including the organizer of this seminar, has shown that smart growth strategies where high density is the key ingredient, lack sufficient scientific foundations and that few if any of the current ‘truths’ about compaction and environmental gains can be substantiated (ibid). This is worrying because each week, humanity is building the equivalent of two cities the size of Vancouver and by 2030 more housing units will be built on Earth than currently exist in all of Europe (Ash et al. 2008; McDonald 2008). On a national level, Sweden is in the middle of an exceptional attempt to build 700.000 housing units until 2025, which creates a potential to redirect the development of Swedish cities into more sustainable trajectories. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Financed by C-ARC, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers, Sweden</div> <div>More information: Meta Berghauser Pont (<a href=""></a>)</div> </div> H Black Symposium<p>Chalmers Conference Centre, company, Chalmersplatsen 1, Kårhuset</p><p>​Astrochemistry, from nanometres to parsec</p><div><span style="background-color:initial">​</span><span style="background-color:initial">Through astrochemistry, effects on atomic scales are directly linked to the formation and evolution of planets, stars, interstellar clouds, and galaxies across the universe.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The scientific purpose of this symposium is to highlight the fundamental connection between the theory of microscopic processes studied on Earth and the understanding of phenomena in a wide range of space environments. In tandem with observations of increasing detail and sensitivity, enabled by technological development, this interplay has been key in advancing the field during the last 30 years, and will become even more important as we move forward into the era of exciting new facilities such as JWST, the Origins Space Telescope, and the SKA.</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The symposium is organised in honour of Prof. John H. Black, who throughout his career has demonstrated an outstanding ability to grasp, apply, and explain these connections - always maintaining a cosmic perspective regardless of scales or wavelengths. ​</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="">Read more at the John H Black Symposium website​</a>.</span></div> Air - Bringing forward Solutions for Improved Air Quality<p>The Swedish Exhibition &amp; Congress Centre, Gothenburg</p><p>​Solutions Initiative Forum (SIF) – Air is an action-oriented event where entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, businesses, civil society, policy makers and academia come together to promote solutions to air pollution.</p>​​Air pollution is a global challenge for human health and sustainable development as it causes 7 million deaths every year. SIF Air will present a set of selected hands-on solutions that originates from Nordic countries and that have potential positive effects on global air quality. At the event we want to discuss barriers and opportunities to scale up these air quality solutions. The event is also the launch of the “Air Solutions Report”, describing the challenge of air pollution for the SDGs, as well as the concepts of the selected solutions and their impacts on the SDGs. <div> </div> <div>Follow the discussions and stay connected via our social media channels, <a href="">Facebook</a> and <a href="">Twitter</a> @SDSNNE #SIFAir</div> <div> </div> SIF Air is organized by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) in Northern Europe, the <a href="">Gothenburg Air and Climate Network</a>, <a href="">The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences</a> and <a href="">Miljöbron</a> as a side-event of the <a href="">European Aerosol Conference – EAC 2019</a>. Transdisciplinarity Conference 2019 - Joining Forces for Change<p>Konferenscentrum Wallenberg, Medicinaregatan 20 A, Gothenburg</p><p>​Our societies are facing critical points in their development, where large challenges are becoming increasingly difficult to handle. Numerous conflicts and complexities are surfacing - to which we can see societies responding with fragmentation, intolerance and exclusion. One way to address such developments is through societal transformation processes that implicitly include a variety of interest groups, stakeholders and organisations.</p>Transdisciplinary (TD) research is one approach that focuses specifically on co-producing and integrating knowledge and expertise from a variety of sources, including communities, research, cities and businesses. It is an approach that is driven by the need to create processes where values and transformations towards a more just and sustainable society are openly debated. <br /><br />The aim of this conference, Joining Forces for Change, is to bring together actors from different disciplines, sectors and professional mandates to engage and discuss practical examples and case studies that approach societal transformation through boundary breaking collaboration. The conference invites practitioners and researchers from government and administrative organisations and agencies, interest groups from community and business, and researchers and students from across the university. <br /><br />The overall focus is on what we can learn from our collaborative experiences, case studies and practices regarding wider societal transformation, methodological innovations and theoretical development. We will specifically search for 'sites for change' in terms of spaces, practices and learnings where TD research and co-production play a crucial role. <div><span class="calFactLabel"></span> </div> <div><span class="calFactLabel">The conference is arranged by t</span>he Network for Transdisciplinary Research, Mistra Urban Futures and the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg.<br /></div> <a href=""><div>Find more information on the conference website</div></a><div class="separator"> </div> in the Age of Digitalisation<p>RunAn, conference hall, Chalmersplatsen 1, Kårhuset</p><p>​Welcome to the Transport Area of Advance initiative seminar on 26 September.</p>​<div>Programme and more information can be found on <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/Transport/calendar/initiative-seminar-2019/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">the event webpage &gt;</a><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="">Register here &gt;</a><br /> <strong></strong></div>!-Sustainable.aspx!-Sustainable.aspxAct! Sustainable<p>Gothenburg</p><p>​​Save the date! Week 45 in November it is time for Act! Sustainable - an entire week filled with activities and inspiration around sustainable development issues for all students in Gothenburg!</p><div style="text-align:center;line-height:1.6em"><div style="text-align:left;line-height:1.6em">The week is organized by <span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="undefined">Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development</a></span> (GMV), in collaboration with <span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="undefined">University of Gothenburg</a></span>, <span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="undefined">Chalmers University of Technology </a></span>and <span style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="undefined">Gothenburg Students for Sustainability Alliance </a></span>(GSSA).</div> <div style="text-align:left;line-height:1.6em"><br />See updates at <a href=""></a></div> <div style="text-align:left;line-height:1.6em"> </div> <div style="text-align:left;line-height:1.6em"> </div></div> for Tomorrow 2019<p>RunAn, conference hall, Chalmersplatsen 1, Kårhuset</p><p>​The 2019 Materials for Tomorrow initiative seminar on Dec 4 will be held back to back with the symposium Light at the Nanoscale: from Molecules to Quantum Computers, taking place Dec 5-6.</p><div><br /></div> Speakers and program will be published here as soon as possible. at the Nanoscale: from Molecules to Quantum Computers<p>RunAn, conference hall, Chalmersplatsen 1, Kårhuset</p><p>​Welcome to a cross-disciplinary symposium on light-matter interactions, organized jointly by Molecular Frontiers, the Nano Excellence Initiative and the Materials Science Area of Advance. On Dec 5-6, ten outstanding plenary speakers, including Nobel laureate Stefan Hell, will give presentations and take part in panel discussions in RunAn.</p>​The symposium will be preceded by <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/materials/Calendar/Pages/Materials-for-Tomorrow-2019.aspx">Materials for Tomorrow</a> on Dec 4.​<div>More information, and link to registration form for both conferences, can be found on the <a href="/en/conference/light-at-the-nanoscale/Pages/default.aspx">symposium homepage</a>.</div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Plenary Speakers</h2> <div>Stefan Hell, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany</div> <div><em>&quot;MINFLUX Nanoscopy: Superresolution post Nobel&quot;</em></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Immanuel Bloch, Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Germany</div> <div><em>​&quot;Realizing Feynman’s Dream of a Quantum Simulator&quot; </em></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Carlos Bustamente, University of California, Berkeley, United States</div> <div><em>&quot;Power at the Nanoscale: Speed, Strength and Efficiency in Biological Motor&quot;</em></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Thomas Ebbesen, USIAS &amp; ISIS, University of Strasbourg, France </div> <div><em>&quot;The Alchemy of Vacuum&quot; </em></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Naomi Halas, Rice University, United States</div> <div><em>Title TBA</em></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Halina Rubinsztein Dunlop, University of Queensland, Australia</div> <div><em>Title TBA</em></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Andreas Wallraff, ETH Zürich, Switzerland</div> <div><em>Title TBA</em></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Päivi Törmä, Aalto University, Finland </div> <div><em>&quot;New perspectives on quantum geometry, superconductivity and Bose-Einstein condensation&quot;</em></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Jennifer Dionne, Stanford University, United States</div> <div><em>&quot;The light years: Nanophotonic methods to visualize dynamic chemical and cellular processes with near-atomic-scale resolution​&quot;</em></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Alexia Auffèves​, CNRS Grenoble, France</div> <div><em>&quot;The energetic side of quantum noise&quot; ​</em></div></div>