Professor Steffen Lehmann, of the Cluster for Sustainable Cities at the University of Portsmouth‘s Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, was invited as a speaker at the biannual Langenburg Forum for Sustainability to present on the topic of sustainable cities.
This prestigious, invitation-only event ran over two days (8-9 June) and brought together 120 experts from government, business, science, academia and media with the goal to encourage and develop environmental and social sustainability practices. The founders of the Forum are Prince Philip of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and former German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Joschka Fischer.
Every two years, the event is hosted at Schloss Langenburg in South Germany, at the residence palace of Prince Philip, and under the patronage of HRH the Prince of Wales. This year’s guest of honour and keynote speaker was Kofi Annan, the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations and 2001 Noble Peace Prize recipient. Other participants included mayors and governors of cities from Europe, Asia and Africa; small and large enterprises from the tech-industry, mobility providers and leaders of non-governmental organizations with a focus on urban development.
Steffen presented on the topic ‘Transforming Cities: How digitisation can support the planning of sustainable cities’, and participated in the panel discussion on the complex theme, including what role digitaisation plays in making cities more liveable and resource-efficient.
Questions that were explored included: How will smart urban planning change us as citizens? And which infrastructures and parts of cities can be modified best by using digital technologies?
Professor Lehmann said, “This is a fantastic, high-level event with a call to action – the decision-makers in the room are engaged and inspired to do their share with regard to the urban future, so impact is guaranteed. This will go far beyond the usual networking with a clear post-event mandate.”
Cover image: Participants at the Langenburg Forum for Sustainability