2405, 2018

LKY CIC Brown Bag Lunchtime Talk: Better Solutions for Megacities – How to get them

Synopsis Historically unprecedented impact of megacities on the natural environment demands sustainable solutions. Cities are on unsustainable trajectories of resource consumption, waste generation and emerging contaminants. Sustainable solutions are presented for numerous urban problems from multidisciplinary perspectives on four key ideas. Coupling of problems, such as waste management with energy production, solves multiple problems simultaneously. Modelling possible scenarios with economic and ecological […]
1605, 2018

LKY CIC Brown Bag Lunchtime Talk: Three research questions on innovation in clean energy technologies

Synopsis How can countries set up institutions to support innovation in clean energy technologies, given the dearth of private sector capital to solve really hard problems, like commercializing next-generation nuclear reactors? Are institutions like ARPA-E in the US or the Fraunhofer Institutes in Germany good models? What does a realistic global decarbonization pathway look like? Some argue that the best way […]
1505, 2018

Book Launch ‘Taming the Sun’

Solar energy, once a niche application for a limited market, has become the cheapest and fastest-growing power source on earth. What’s more, its potential is nearly limitless—every hour the sun beams down more energy than the world uses in a year. But in his new book, Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Save the Planet (MIT Press, 2018), Dr […]
1105, 2018

LKY CIC Brown Bag Lunchtime Talk: An ecological model of housing in later life: from personal to policy

Synopsis Housing is one part of a person’s total ecosystem, with constant change and adaptation occurring due to both internal and external forces. The older person sits at the centre of these forces, perhaps with functional difficulties and limitations, but also with their own history and biography that makes up their sense of self, and with access to different internal and external […]


1104, 2018

LKY CIC Brown Bag Lunchtime Talk: Research and Innovation Policies and Programmes in the European Union

Synopsis The seminar will present European Union policy in the area of science, technology and innovation. After a brief historical review, the speaker will discuss the efforts to create a unified European Research Area and the current policy for Open Innovation, Open Science and Openness to the World. In a second part of the presentation, the Horizon 2020 programme for research and […]
1104, 2018

Visit by His Excellency, Alexander Mora, Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica

LKYCIC was delighted to host a group of delegates from Costa Rica on 11 April 2018. The delegates were led by His Excellency, Alexander Mora, Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica and Her Excellency, Iris Manzanares, Ambassador of Costa Rica. The Centre and the delegates had a good discussion on future of cities, urban innovation, smart cities and digital economy. Photo Credit […]
304, 2018

LKY CIC Brown Bag Lunchtime Talk: Smart Cities – Smart Citizens The Social Side of Data-Driven Models in Urban Planning and Design

Synopsis One of our main tasks in urban planning and design is to draft possible solutions, and arriving at a decision to then create guidelines into the future. Computer-based technologies supporting urban science have been applied to planning and design problems since the 1960s. However, information technology has significantly evolved in the last decade and our world is becoming more and more […]
1603, 2018

LKYCIC-USC Workshop on Digital Transformation in Urban Society

Preamble This was a one and half day workshop held in Singapore. The first full day (16 March) was dedicated to presentations of key issues on selected themes that underpin the overall subject of digital transformation and urban society. The second half-day (17 March) focused on drawing together the various important strands that were raised on the first day, and discussions on […]