Making science work for development

Science Collaboration Symposium in the UAE

26-28 March
Abu Dhabi – United Arab of Emirates

With over 80 per cent of global GDP generated in cities, forecasts show that there will be 30 ‘mega cities’ worldwide by 2020 and increasing demand for the concept of the ‘smart city’ as a way of providing a better quality of life and more sustainable living. Smart City technologies use cross-sectoral solutions to address key urban challenges.

Our cities are already becoming living and learning environments which record data on everything from traffic, air quality, energy usage, occupancy and activities over time, to security and environmental change.

There’s a huge opportunity, right now, to develop liveable and resilient urban infrastructure in order to make sure that our cities are healthy and successful and how that would reflect on the citizen. The global Smart Cities market is valued at more than £900 billion by 2020 and there’s an estimated global infrastructure investment of £25 trillion required over the next 20 years to ensure sustainable urban futures.

The symposium will discuss the latest innovations, start ups, research and practice related to smart cities and it will cover the following themes

1. Sustainable infrastructure

2. Smart city technologies

3. Social impact

Register by 14 February 2017.