Our lives have become increasingly intertwined with the Internet. Every day, a new part of our lives moves online. Cloud computing, big data, and the Internet-of-Things are shaking up our ideas of what future smart and low-carbon cities will look like.

The World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities has responded with strong commitments to explore the role of the Internet in low-carbon development. This spring, the WALCC together with one of the most vibrant cities in China, City of Jinjiang, invites high profile speakers representing both industry and academia to address the trends of Internet development and its implications for the low-carbon economy.

 

Background of Jinjiang:

Jinjiang is located in the southeastern part of China, bordering the Taiwan Strait of the East China Sea. Jinjiang has one of the most dynamic economies in China. The area features many famous sectors of the Chinese consumer industry. It is also listed among the richest and most innovative cities in China.

 

Featured speakers:

HE Jiankun – Chinese choice on the low-carbon development

Professor HE Jiankun is the professor and the director of the Low Carbon Economy Lab of Tsinghua University, and the deputy director of the National Expert Committee on Climate Change. He is also the former Executive Vice President of the University of Tsinghua and former Dean of the School of Economics and Management.

Professor He is a leading professor in the field of energy economics and climate policy. He has been engaged in research on energy system analysis and modeling, strategies to counter global climate change, resource management, and sustainable development for many years. He has been one of the principal investigators in many national key science and technology projects and international collaborative research projects.

 

FAN Jianping – Urban Innovation and Technology Transfer

Dr. FAN Jianping is president of the Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is also the Chief Editor of the Journal of Computer Research and Development, adjunct professor of Nankai University, member of the Strategic Committee of the 863 Digital Library of China. He is also a member of the expert panel of the technology prediction program (Beijing) and a member of the standing committee of Beijing Computer Society, the vice president of the Beijing IT Organization, chairman of the Program Committee (HPC Asia, 2005), chairman of the committee of ICYCS (Beijing 95), and a member of the directing committee of the International Conference on Knowledge Economy and development of Science and Technology (KEST2004).

 

WU Minsheng – Boost the development of the Western Taiwan Straits Economic Zone

Prof. WU Minsheng is the Director of the Center for Hong Kong and Macao Research, Tsinghua University Shenzhen Graduate School. He was the former President of Fuzhou University. 

He successfully led key programs of the 6th Five Year plan for economic and social development. In 1984, he was the second prize winner of the Beijing Science and Technology Progress Award. He has led three programs for the National Natural Science Foundation and published more than eighty papers. He serves as an advisor for the City of Fuzhou and the City of Sanming.

 

For more information about this seminar, please contact the WALCC staff.

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Reframing City Districts (ReCiDi)

A research project conducted by the Universities of Turku and Tampere which aims to form a new conceptual framework which will help shape the collective identity and common vision necessary to realize the future low-carbon and sustainability targets.

Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Innovation (SASUI)

An action learning and research project conducted by Aalto University and the University of Tampere which aimed to form a better understanding of the architectural requirements for successful innovation projects.