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Seminar: Enabling Technology for Smart Sustainable Cities 

On June 9th, Dome of Visions, NCC and KTH together with Plantagon International Association are arranging a seminar about how technical solutions can develop smart and sustainable cities. CESC's Anna Kramers is among the speakers.

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Time: Thu 2016-06-09 12.00 - 17.00

Location: KTH Dome of Visions

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Keynote speakers:
Professor Dickson Despommier: Columbia University – New York City, The United States Dr. Dickson Despommier is a microbiologist, ecologist, and emeritus professor of Public and Environmental Health at the Columbia University. For 27 years he conducted research on cellular and molecular parasitism and, in 1999, founded the root for the idea of vertical farming. Although indoor agriculture had been around for a long time, nobody before Despommier had thought of making it vertical. In 2010, Despommier published his widely received book: “The Vertical Farm: feeding the world in the 21st Century”, St. Martin’s Press, New York, and his standpoint continues to be that vertical agriculture is one of the best solutions to counter population increase, urbanization, and infectious diseases caused by parasites that spread when human feces is used as a fertilizer for traditional farming methods. According to Despommier, vertical farms serve as the basis for re-designing cities as technological equivalents to functional ecosystems.

Gustaf Landahl, Head of Departments, City of Stockholm: Gustaf Landahl, Head of Department Planning & Environment at the Environment and Health administration, City of Stockholm, started to work for the City of Stockholm in 1988 as a project manager for the city’s work with comprehensive land-use planning.

In 1995 Mr. Landahl was appointed head of Department Planning & Environment. This department is responsible for environmental control in Stockholm as well as environmental issues in land use planning and traffic.

Mr. Landahl has coordinated several large European projects with funding from the European Commission and is also a frequent speaker at international events. At present he also coordinates GrowSmarter, a European project demonstrating twelve smart solutions to help Europe grow smarter.

Christina Lindbäck – Sustainability Director, NCC: Christina Lindbäck has an education within Law from Stockholm’s University and is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Sustainability for the NCC corporate group. NCC is one of the leading construction companies in the Nordic countries with the goal of offering the best sustainable solutions on all its markets. Christina Lindbäck is responsible for the strategic work with sustainability within the NCC corporate group. She is also the chairman of Miljömärkning Sverige AB (Ecolabelling Sweden) whom administers the labels Svanen, EU Ecolabel and EU-blomman (the EU-flower). Additionally, Lindbäck is a member of the government’s council for green transition appointed by the Swedish government and under supervision of the Minister for Strategic Development and Nordic Cooperation, Kristina Persson.

Before Christina has this position at NCC, she was amongst other things the Senior Vice President for environment and quality at the recycling company Ragn-Sells AB and previous to that, she was Head of Department at the Swedish Environmental Department for eleven years.

Sepehr Mousavi, Sustainability Strategist, Plantagon: Sepehr Mousavi is a sustainability professional competent within areas of multidisciplinary planning, urban ecology, standardization as well as smart cities, energy-water-food (-waste) nexus and social responsibility. Holding two Masters degrees in Agroecology and Business Administration, multinational background and working experiences; all together provide him with an overall understanding of our global sustainability challenges for framework development and implementation of innovative solutions in urban settings with a systemic and holistic approach.

He chairs the national technical committee of Swedish Standards Institute (SIS) on Sustainable Urban Food Production, is the chair to SIS’s national technical committee on Sustainable and Smart Cities and Communities, works with European Committee for Standardization (CEN) on Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities platform, ISO and IEC joint committee (JTC1) on Smart Cities and holds a chair with International Standard Organization (ISO) as technical committee member on Sustainable Development in Communities.

Anna H Kramers, Professor, KTH: Anna’s area of research is Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Smart Sustainable Cities, where she explores how cities can make use of ICT solutions to reach sustainability targets. Currently she’s engaged in three projects: ICT for sustainable cities (ICIT), which explores how cities use ICT solutions to reach sustainability targets. Travel planner for sustainable cities (TRACS), which describes the design of advanced integrated travel planners that provide both efficient decision support for travelers and a tool for local and regional planning for sustainable development. Smart Sustainable Cities Strategic Innovation Agenda (SSC-SIA) with the goal to gather resources, activities and competence at the intersection of technology, sustainability studies and urban planning.

Schedule Session

12:00-13:00 Professional mingle

13:00-14:00 Dickson Despommier – Professor, Columbia University

14:00-15:00 Gustaf Landahl – Head of Department and Director of Grow Smarter – Stockholm City

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

Session II
15:30-16:00 Christina Lindbäck – Sustainability Director, NCC

16:00-16:30 Sepehr Mousavi, Sustainability Strategist, Plantagon

16:30-17:00 Anna H Kramers, Professor, KTH

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Last changed: May 12, 2016