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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.

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.

Important Dates to Note

Milestone Date
Submission Deadline for Proposals 25 March 2022
(Extended to 8 April 2022)
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection 29 April 2022
Deadline for Speaker's Acceptance 13 May 2022  
 Submission Deadline for Presentation Materials  30 June 2022  
WCS Science of Cities Symposium    31 July 2022

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).