Urban Transitions 2020 aims to promote healthy urban development by bringing together different disciplines working within cities including world leading experts on urban and transport planning, architecture, environmental exposures, physical activity, and public health and governance to discuss current challenges and solutions. Read more...
Abstract deadline - 5 June 2020
Early booking deadline - 7 August 2020
Author registration deadline: 7 August 2020
Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen PhD is a world leading expert in environmental exposure assessment, epidemiology, and health risk/impact assessment with a strong focus and interest on healthy urban living.
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He has experience and expertise in areas of all cause mortality, respiratory and cardiovascular disease, mental health and cognitive function, cancer and reproductive health, and exposure measurement and modelling of indoor and outdoor air pollution, green space, UV exposure, noise, temperature and physical activity, using new technology such as GIS, smartphones, personal sensors and remote sensing. He led the international TAPAS study (http://www.tapas-program.org/), examining the health impacts of active transport in six European cities and the EC funded PHENOTYPE (www.phenotype.eu) study, examining the relations between green space and health, and the ISGlobal funded SUMA HIA project on health impact assessment in low and medium income countries. He is/was a co-investigator in ICEPURE (www.icepure.eu), that examines exposure to and health effects of solar UV exposure, ESCAPE (www.escapeproject.eu) (and related (VE3SPA), that examines the long term health effects of air pollution, NIH funded CAVA which aims to validate smartphone based data collection methods, EC funded CITISENSE (http://citi-sense.eu/) that aims to empower citizens using smartphone technology, EC funded HELIX (http://www.projecthelix.eu/), that examines the early life exposome and childhood diseases, EC funded EXPOsOMICs (http://www.exposomicsproject.eu/) that examines the air pollution and water exposome and health, the EC funded PASTA study (http://www.pastaproject.eu), which promotes active transportation through sustainable transport, the EC funded BlueHealth project (www.bluehealth2020.eu/) evaluating the relationship between blue space and Health, the EC funded LifeCycle project (http:/http://lifecycle-project.eu/) on birth cohort coordination in Europe, and the international IMAP study, examining the relationship between environment, active living and cognitive health.
He has edited 3 books on Exposure Assessment and on Environmental Epidemiology, and one on Integrating human health into Urban and Transport planning, and has co-authored more than 400 papers published in peer reviewed journals and 30 book chapters. In 2018, he was awarded the ISEE John Goldsmith Award for Outstanding Contributions to Environmental Epidemiology.
Peking University, China
Professor Pengjun Zhao is a professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and the director of the Centre for Urban Planning and Transport Studies at Peking University. He is the Editor-in-Chief for Cities (Elsevier).
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He obtained his PhD degree and received postdoctoral training in Urban Planning at University of Groningen, the Netherlands. His research mostly focuses on sustainable transportation and spatial planning. He has more than 120 research outputs including 3 books and 80 academic papers in international peer-reviewed journal. He has obtained more than RMB 7.2 million of research grants as the Principle Investigator (PI) for 22 research projects.
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Bert van Wee is Professor in Transport Policy at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, faculty Technology, Policy and Management. In addition he is scientific director of TRAIL research school.
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His main interests are in long-term developments in transport, in particular in the areas of accessibility, land-use transport interaction, (evaluation of) large infrastructure projects, the environment, safety, policy analyses and ethics.
Isabelle Anguelovski, IMIM, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
Luis Bettencourt, University of Chicago, USA
Robert Cervero, University of California Berkeley, USA
James Connolly, Autonomous University of Barcelona , Spain
Carolyn Daher, ISGlobal, Spain
Audrey de Nazelle, Imperial College London, UK
Anna Diez Roux, Drexel University, USA
Carme Miralles-Guasch, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
Nadja Kabisch, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
Ana Novoa, Barcelona Public Health Agency, Spain
Catherine Perez, Barcelona Public Health Agency, Spain
Chris Pringle, Elsevier, UK
Salvador Rueda, BCNEcologia, Barcelona, Spain
Mark Stevenson, University of Melbourne, Australia
Rosa Surinach, UN Habitat Barcelona, Spain
Scope of the conference
The majority of people live in cities and urbanization is continuing worldwide. Cities have long been known to be society’s predominant engine of innovation and wealth creation, yet they are also a main source of pollution and disease. There has been a transition to non communicable diseases (NCDs) in many low and medium income countries, partly due to urbanization and related environmental exposures and lifestyles. Furthermore, climate change is a driver for change. Cities are often characterized by high levels of environmental exposures such as air pollution and noise, heat island effects and lack of green space and physical activity levels.
Emerging evidence suggests that (poor) urban and transport planning may be to a large extent responsible for this and may have a large impact on mortality and morbidity in cities. Furthermore the impacts are not equally distributed among the population with the more the more deprived often suffering disproportionately.
The Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda have given new impetus to improve our cities. Paradigms such as sustainable cities, liveable cities, resilient cities, smart cities and healthy cities have been promoted successfully by different communities, but need more alignment to make systematic improvements to cities. New concepts such as car free cities, compact cities, low carbon cities and nature based solutions and new technologies such as electric vehicles and (shared) autonomous vehicles have been introduced and may improve the urban environment and thereby health.
Decision-makers need not only better data on the complexity of factors in environmental and developmental processes affecting human health, but also enhanced understanding of the linkages to be able to know at which level to target their actions. Cities have come to the forefront of providing solutions for issues such as climate change, which has co-benefits on health, but still need better knowledge. City organisations (for example C40, Healthy Polis, ICLEI) play an important role.
Multi-sectorial and multi-disciplinary approaches are needed to tackle the current problems and therefore we have organized an international conference with world leading experts on urban and transport planning, architecture, environmental science and exposures, physical activity, climate change, public health to discuss the current status and challenges and solutions in cities.
The objective of the conference is to promote healthy urban development by bringing together different sectors and disciplines (e.g. urban and transport planning, architecture, green space management, environmental exposure assessment, environmental epidemiology, physical activity, climate change, and public health and governance) working within cities and presenting the state of the art research and providing solutions to and future healthy visions of our cities.