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Panel VA: Concordia Campus as a Living Lab

Tuesday, March 17, 2020; 10:15-12:15

Room MB 9A, 9th floor of the John Molson Building (MB) at 1450 Ave. Guy

The urgency of the UN global sustainability challenges to secure a clean, healthy, safe and prosperous world for everyone and the necessity to improve material, water, land and energy efficiency by several factors is clear. The complexity of these challenges calls for transdisciplinary, integral, innovative, systematic and user-centered approaches to enable a global sustainability transformation. The urgency calls for action on all scales: from fundamental science, student projects, field testing to full-scale rollout. Higher education institutions and universities have always kept adapting themselves to the basic needs of societies, in order to improve human living conditions. In fact, the long-term goal of university communities is not only the advancement of science just for science’s sake. Rather, ‘‘advancing science, serving society’’ is the goal. Universities seek to improve all aspects of life, which necessarily entails attention to the principal needs of societies.

Against this background the Canadian Excellence Research Chair in Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Communities and Cities and the cluster hire Assistant professors will discuss ideas on how their research fields can intersect for sustainable transformation of Montréal and using Concordia’s campuses as a game changer living lab.

Through impulse presentations and a following discussion with all participants they will give and discuss scientific insights questions from different perspectives and give an outlook for possible scenarios of how such a Campus as Living Lab can be a valuable test bed for up-scalable solutions for a city system.


10:15: Ursula Eicker: Destination Next Generation Cities

10:30: Jing Iris Hu: Human settlements – why cities?

10:45: Mohamed Ouf: Buildings for humans or humans for buildings?

11:00: Alice Jarry: Perceive the city – the role of Design and Art

11:15: Carly Ziter: Green spaces and wellbeing

11:30: Chunyan Lai: Sustainable mobility – electrical mobility

11:45: Discussion: How to set up the process of a “Campus as a Living Lab”


All parts of the Sustainability and the Climate Crisis conference are free and open to the public but registration is required.

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