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Online Conference "HeatResilientCity"

A stress test for stakeholders, public spaces and buildings – heat strategies from science, municipalities, the housing industry and citizens

10th September 2020


Quality of life in extreme heat?

Recent summers have shown the extent to which exposure to high temperatures can affect our quality of life. The resulting health impacts also pose an increasing risk to residents of cities with a high degree of density and impervious surfaces.

So, what measures can be taken regarding governance, buildings and open spaces to enable effective climate adaptation? The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) project "HeatResilientCity: Heat-Resilient Urban and Neighbourhood Development in Large Cities - Resident-Oriented Knowledge Generation and Implementation in Dresden and Erfurt" addressed this and other issues.

The web conference will present the research findings of the collaborative project HeatResilientCity using the neighbourhoods of Dresden-Gorbitz and Erfurt's Oststadt as case studies. The programme will be enriched by a number of external speakers and expert contributions from the project team.

At the beginning, Lord Mayor Andreas Bausewein (State Capital of Erfurt), Dr. Svenja Kruse (Federal Ministry of Education and Research - BMBF) and Prof. Yvonne Brandenburger (Vice-President for Research and Transfer at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt) will be giving a joint welcome address.

Afterwards, Prof. Dr. Daniela Jacob (Head of GERICS - Climate Service Center Germany) will address the topic of "Cities in climate change - heat as a global and local challenge" in her keynote speech. Dr.-Ing. habil. Regine Ortlepp (Head of the Research Department "Environmental Risks in Urban and Regional Development" at the Leibniz Institute for Ecological and Regional Development) and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heidi Sinning (Head of the Institute for Urban Research, Planning and Communication at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt) will also present key results from their joint research project HeatResilientCity, before exploring various topics in greater depth in the forums. In a total of six forums, research findings, practical experience and solution strategies will be discussed with the aid of short presentations.

Forum 1     Residents versus experts? Common and divergent perspectives on climate adaptation

Forum 2     Heat Resilient Buildings (I) - Effects of occupant behaviour on the overheating of residential and non-residential buildings

Forum 3     Green, blue, grey and summer heat - How do urban structures affect the heat load in their neighbourhoods?

Forum 4     Governance of climate adaptation: removing barriers to communication and implementation - but how?

Forum 5     Heat Resilient Buildings (II) - overheating in residential buildings in summer

Forum 6     Using open space planning to improve ecosystem functions: a practical view

Forums 1 + 2 + 3 will take place in the morning, forums 4 + 5 + 6 in the afternoon. Conference participants can therefore attend one forum in the morning and one in the afternoon. We also welcome participants from the fields of research, administration, business and politics. Further information on the talks and speakers can be found in the flyer, the programme and in the overview of speakers and project partners.

Virtual Conference Room

The event will be held online. In order to participate, you will need a stable internet connection and a laptop or computer with audio functions or a headset. It is not essential to have a camera (e.g. integrated laptop WebCam).

We intend to use the Cisco Webex video conferencing system, which is both intuitive and easy to use. Prior to the event, you will be sent an email with further instructions and access data for the virtual conference room. A brief technical introduction is scheduled for the beginning of the conference.

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