Steffen gave a keynote address at the 16th ICCE 2018 Conference held in Salamis Bay which was organised by the Eastern Mediterranean University (from 8 to 10 May 2018). Steffen presented his speech, ‘Advances in Solar Energy are not enough: City design and the Urban Nexus’; he also participated in a panel discussion on Sustainable Cities.
During his time on Northern Cyprus he was invited to meet the Deputy Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus, Prof Kudret Ozersay, to speak about the need for a shared Vision 2035: Sustainable Island. The government expressed its strong interest in further collaboration and suggested to invite Steffen back as a foreign expert to consult on the islands’ sustainable urban development.
Professor Steffen Lehmann said: “There are significant challenges Northern Cyprus is currently facing, including the political divide between North and South and challenges in tourism, but also environmental and urban development issues.
These include water scarcity in the hot and arid climate, plastic pollution, sea-level rise, traffic congestion and a lack of public transport options for the island’s population. Cyprus and Northern Cyprus are currently far too car-dependent and could be doing much more in terms of solar energy to implement and run a e-vehicle public transport fleet powered by clean energy.
It was a very important opportunity to discuss the inter-connectivity of these challenges with the Honourable Deputy Prime Minister, and how academia might be able to help identifying the best solutions.”
Steffen also visited the School of Architecture at the Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) and met with the Dean, Prof Oezgur Dincyurek and other colleagues of the School. Steffen spoke to a group of PhD students at EMU and visited the facilities.