UCL Grand Challenges


Science and the Future of Cities

Start: Jul 05, 2017 12:00 PM
End: Jul 05, 2017 01:30 PM

Location: SpringerNature, The London Campus Stables, Wharfdale Road, London, N1 9FN

Science and the Future of Cities Public Event

A discussion about the UCL-Nature Sustainability Panel on the urban science policy interface hosted by the Chief Editor of Nature Sustainability, Monica Contestabile


  • Professor Michele Acuto (UCL)
  • Professor Susan Parnell (University of Cape Town)
  • Professor Yasser Elsheshtawy (United Arab Emirates University)
  • Professor Xuemei Bai (Australian National University)
  • Professor Adriana Allen (UCL)

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About the event

Urban policy and urban science are at a critical juncture. Many policymakers and scientists gathered for a once-in-twenty-years opportunity of the Habitat III summit that launched the UN’s New Urban in Quito in October 2016 both reiterated how this momentous occasion was flawed by poor science-policy interfaces. Science, as argued in Nature, is “disparate, marginalized and ill-prepared to interact effectively with global policy”, whilst as other argued evidence-based policymaking is “dysfunctional in many parts of the world.”

Nature Sustainability, the new interdisciplinary journal of Nature Research, and the City Leadership Lab at University College London have established a ground-breaking Expert Panel on the urban science-policy interface for global sustainability. From 3-4th July, 20 global experts will convene in London to discuss how the urban research community can affect urban policy through evidence-based policymaking and appropriate science-policy interfaces. This public event will explain what was discussed at the meeting and what will be addressed in the main report (launching in November 2017). The UCL-Nature Sustainability Panel of global urban expertise is the first of its kind and will shed a light on how to develop an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability in cities. 

Find out more information on the expert panel