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WCS Science of Cities Symposium

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The WCS Science of Cities Symposium convenes international researchers, city and industry leaders to share their scientific insights and methodologies on tackling urban challenges. This year, the Symposium spotlights research on the application of complexity science and data analytics in understanding cities, and the utilisation of a scientific, evidence-based approach towards sustainability and regenerative development in cities. These insights and methodologies will be presented and discussed through two panel discussions.

Thematic Panels

Held on 31 July 2022, the WCS Science of Cities Symposium will feature two panel sessions:

Panel 1: Complexity Science for Adaptive and Sustainable Cities

The world we inhabit is increasingly known as a VUCA world – a world confronted by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity – with interconnected challenges such as climate change, changing demographics, ageing population, changing local and global economic structures, among others. The unpredictability of a VUCA world makes planning for an adaptive, liveable and sustainable future challenging, due to the many possible yet uncertain factors and circumstances that could change its evolution. This growing complexity of improving our daily lives is due to the increasingly interconnected and emergent interactions, relations and flows, at the global, regional, national, town, neighbourhood and individual scales, between the city’s many different urban systems and people. An integrated systems approach that brings together the technical expertise of complexity science and the contextual expertise of cities will thus be needed to scientifically examine the interdependencies of urban systems and scales, which this theme will focus on.

This theme welcomes abstracts on the applications of complexity science thinking and/or methods in the urban domain, relating but not limited to, the understanding of integrated urban systems, analytics and data platforms for urban management, complexity and artificial intelligence in urban planning and design, etc. Proposals that consider urban adaptability, liveability and/or sustainability are preferred.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Luís M.A. Bettencourt
Director, Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovations,
University of Chicago

Associate Professor Ying Long
Assoc. Prof, Tsinghua University; Founder, Beijing City Lab

Mr Sanjeev Sanyal
Member, Economic Advisory Council to India Prime Minister; Secretary, Government of India

Oral Presenters

Dr Lock Yue Chew
Assoc. Prof, Applied Physics, NTU

Dr Sam Conrad Joyce
Asst. Professor, Architecture & Sustainable Design, SUTD

Mr Nishant Kumar
PhD Researcher, FRS, SEC

Professor Thomas Schroepfer
Professor, Architecture & Sustainable Design, SUTD; Co-Director, FCL Global

Anjanaa-Devi-Srikant_SOC.png Ms Anjanaa Devi Srikant
PhD Researcher, FCL Global

Panel 2: Science of Regenerative Cities
Cities are continuously evolving and growing in response to the population demands. Sustainability has been a goal for cities to ensure its ability to meet present-day needs without compromising future needs. However, tackling present-day demands and challenges require a paradigm shift in urban planning, design and lifestyles. It is no longer sufficient for cities to minimise environmental losses and repair damaged systems; instead, cities need to shift towards maximising ecological gains such as restoring ecosystems and moving towards building self-sustaining and regenerative cities that improve both human and planetary health. To facilitate regenerative urbanism, the many years of research on harnessing science, technologies and innovations for sustainable cities can be taken a step further, to develop a holistic understanding of planetary and human health, supported by an ecosystem of multi-stakeholders across urban domains, and enabled through scientific thinking and digital tools.

This theme welcomes abstracts that are concerned with the physical, economic and social regeneration of urban spaces and communities, where systematic and scientific analysis was used to understand how to enhance the human-nature symbiosis and/or establish a concerted multi-stakeholder governance model.

Keynote Speakers

Mr Josef Hargrave
Director & Global Foresight Leader, ARUP

Professor Kongjian Yu
Kongjian YU Professor, Landscape Architecture, Peking University

Professor Alexander Zehnder
Founder, Triple Z Ltd

Oral Presenters

Dr Winston Chow
Assoc. Professor, Science, Tech and Society, SMU

Mr Seah Chee Huang
CEO, DP Architects

Mr Leonard Ng
Regional Director (APAC), Ramboll

Mr Veera Sekaran
Founder & CEO, Greenology Pte Ltd

WCS Science of Cities Symposium 

31 July 2022, Sunday, Marina Bay Sands, (MBS) Convention Centre

Duration Programme
12pm - 1pm
Poster Exhibition cum Presentation
*Researchers will present their posters to interested viewers
Venue: Level 5, MBS Convention Centre
1pm - 2pm Lunch Reception and Registration
Venue: Level 5 Sands A
2pm - 2.10pm Opening Address  
2.10pm - 4pm
Panel 1: Complexity Science for Adaptive and Sustainable Cities
  • Keynote addresses (10 minutes each): Sanjeev Sanyal, Luis Bettencourt, Long Ying
  • Presenters (10 minutes each): Thomas Schroepfer, Nishanti Kumar,
    Sam Conrad Joyce, Anjana Devi, Chew Lock Yue
  • Panel Discussion (30 minutes)
4pm - 4.30pm Networking tea break
4.30pm - 6.20pm
Panel 2: Science of Regenerative Cities 
  • Keynote addresses (10 minutes each): Josef Hargrave, Alexander Zehnder, Yu Kongjian
  • Presenters (10 minutes each): Winston Chow, Leonard Ng, Seah Chee Huang, Veera Sekaran
  • Panel Discussion (moderated) (40 minutes)
6.20pm - 6.30pm Closing Remarks

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Contact Us

Should you have any queries, please reach out to Ms Tan Yi Xuan (tan_yi_xuan@mnd.gov.sg), Ms Claudia Tan (claudia_tan_from.tp@mnd.gov.sg) or Ms Teo Zhiyi (zhiyi_teo_from.tp@mnd.gov.sg).