On 24th May 2018, the University hosted an official partner event as part of the European Union’s Green Week programme. Green Week is Europe's biggest annual conference on environment policy, bringing together participants from government, industry, non-governmental organisations, academia and the media to exchange ideas and best practice. In addition to the main conference, events linked to the annual Green Week theme take place in Brussels and around the EU.
Green Week 2018, which took place between 21 and 25 May, focussed on "Green Cities for a Greener Future” and promoted participatory approaches to urban development, networking schemes, and tools for sharing best practices. It also sought to promote the engagement of citizens and local authorities, encouraging them to share their vision of a sustainable future.
Under the direction of Dr Jonathan Clarke, the Sustainable Cities GRP hosted an open workshop to explore how ‘big data’ can be used to find smarter solutions to urban problems, and to promote the development of green cities. Attended by an audience of around 40 people, which included members of the public as well as Warwick staff and students, the workshop heard researchers from Warwick and Birmingham City University describing the ways that they are using data in their research. The presentations led to a rich discussion about the contribution that data science can make towards a sustainable future with participants being invited to engage with a range of issues focussing on the use of ‘big data’ to promote sustainability and resilience in cities.
The workshop, which featured presentations by Vikki Houlden, Vangelis Pitidis and Joao Porta de Albuquerque from Warwick and by Mike Grace from Birmingham City University, was one of ten Green Week partner events taking place around the UK.
For more information about EU Green Week, please visit: www.eugreenweek.eu