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Topics Webinar | Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability

10 May 2024, 11:00 (CEST)

Climate Emergency, Mitigation, Adaptation, Decarbonization, Solutions
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Welcome from the Chair

Due to the continuous cumulation of greenhouse gas (GHG) into the atmosphere, climate on the Earth has been ever-changing with the increase of average temperature and the appearance of extreme events. Climate change has caused a series of disasters such as extreme heat, flooding, wildfire, and drought and significantly threatened safety and health of human beings and the prosperity and sustainable development of the society. Even though, the climate emergency with a threshold of 1.5 °C or 2.0 °C, beyond which climate-related social, economic, and environmental impacts will become irreversible, is approaching. Urgent actions relevant to mitigation and adaptation solutions should be taken to decelerate climate change and to protect people from climate-induced threats. This webinar invites three scholars to share their latest research outcomes in climate-related impact mitigation and adaptation, built environment decarbonization, and sustainable urban planning and design. This webinar also calls for the involvement and participation of all professions in society to accelerate the progress of climate change mitigation and adaptation through closing a series of gaps towards actual implementation.

Date: 10 May 2024

Time: 11:00 am CEST | 5:00 pm CST Asia

Webinar ID: 850 8892 3869

Webinar Secretariat: journal.webinar@mdpi.com

Event Chairs

School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400045, China

Introduction
Bio
Baojie is a Professor of Urban Climate and Sustainable Built Environments at Chongqing University, China. Baojie is also the leader of the Centre for Climate-Resilient and Low-Carbon Cities at Chongqing University, and the Honorary Research Fellow of Hiroshima University, Japan. He is working on heat-resilient urban planning and design. Baojie has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers in high-ranking journals and has a Scopus H-index of 48. Baojie received the Most Cited Chinese Researchers Title in 2024, and the Highly Cited Researcher Title (Clarivate) in 2022 and 2023. Baojie received the Sustainability Young Investigator Award in 2022 and the Green Talents Award (Germany) in 2021. Baojie has been among the top 2% scientists according to the Mendeley from 2020 onwards.

Invited Speakers

Mott MacDonald, Leeds LS12 1BE, UK

Introduction
Bio
Dr. Siliang Yang is a former lecturer in Building Services Engineering in the School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing at Leeds Beckett University, UK. Prior to that, he was a Sessional Academic at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Siliang will be joining the Buildings and Cities Unit at Mott MacDonald Leeds office in the UK in May 2024, where he will be serving as a building physics practitioner. Siliang completed his PhD in Building-Integrated Renewable Energy Technologies from the School of Built Environment at the University of New South Wales, Australia, in 2020. He received a MEng (Honours) in Building Services Engineering from Northumbria University, UK, in 2013. Siliang has been a passionate research engineer with years of experience worldwide in the fields of building and construction industry and academia. Over the past 15 years, he has established vocational skills and knowledge of the design of sustainable urban energy systems and the in-depth analysis of natural and built environment in both industrial and academic settings. Siliang’s research interests are focused on sustainable buildings and low-carbon urban energy systems. He has also been the Principal Investigator of a Royal Society (UK)-funded project focusing research on smart and sustainable urban energy systems.

The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Introduction
Bio
Ali Cheshmehzangi is a Professor in the School of Architecture, Design and Planning (ADP) at the University of Queensland, where he leads the School and researches the fields of architecture, design, and planning/urbanism. He has been in the world’s top 2% of field leaders for two consecutive years, recognized by Stanford University. He is among the top 30 global scholars in the urban sustainability research area. Ali is internationally known for his scholarly contributions and extended work on climate resilience and sustainable urbanism research, mainly as the Editor-in-Chief of Springer’s Urban Sustainability (US) book series (see https://www.springer.com/series/16930). So far, Ali has published over 500 journal papers, articles, conference papers, book chapters, and reports. To date, he has published 26 academic books, mostly focused on sustainable urban development, urbanism, and sustainability transitions. Three of his books have received awards at the national, provincial, and municipal levels. He also has received international awards and recognition for his research on urban resilience studies and sustainability research, as well as a Vice-Chancellor’s award for his impactful contribution to higher education.

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Program

Speaker/Presentation

Time in CEST

Prof. Dr. Baojie He
Chair Introduction
11:00 am - 11:05 am
Prof. Dr. Baojie He
Urban Heat Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies
11:05 am - 11:25 am
Dr. Siliang Yang
The potential of building-integrated photovoltaics to decarbonise cities
11:25 am - 11:45 am
Prof. Dr. Ali Cheshmehzangi
Climate-Resilient Urban Design as a Reality: Now or Never!
11:45 am - 12:05 pm
Q&A Session 12:05 pm - 12:20 pm
Prof. Dr. Baojie He
Closing of Webinar
12:20 pm - 12:25 pm

Relevant Topic

"Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability, 3rd Volume"

Topic Editors: Prof. Dr. Baojie He, Dr. Siliang Yang, Dr. K. Venkatachalam, Dr. Amos Darko

Abstract submission deadline: 31 July 2024
Manuscript submission deadline: 30 September 2024

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