Green and Fun Cities of the Future - 3rd international symposium

By 2050, the world population is expected to reach 10 billion. At that time, nearly 70% of the population will live in urban areas. To help understand, shape and design the cities of the future, we are hosting this international symposium that will bring together researchers and practitioners, students and experts. At the event, they will present ideas and solutions for the future, share experiences and exchange stories from different research projects on sustainable mobility, energy efficiency, intergenerational solidarity and social inclusion. The event will also feature the Active8 Planet card game, developed as part of the project of the same name. This game is about awakening the superheroes and resisting the Dark Matter that wants to dominate the planet.

When? Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 10:00 – 14:00

Where? Atrium ZRC SAZU, Novi trg 2, Ljubljana



9:30-10:00           Arrival

10:00-11:15        Introduction and keynote speeches

Assoc Prof Dan Podjed, ZRC SAZU (Slovenia): Boring a tunnel to the fun future (introduction)

Prof Griet Verbeeck, Hasselt University (Belgium): How a doughnut can be a compass for a green and fun city of the future (keynote 1)

Prof Vaike Fors, Halmstadt University (Sweden): How to avoid boring future mobility solutions through people-centred design (keynote 2)

11:15-11:30        Break

11:30-12:45        Green and fun ideas for the future (group presentations)

12:45-13:00        Break

13:00-13:45        Green and fun debate (panel discussion)

Prof Griet Verbeeck, Hasselt University (Belgium)

Prof Vaike Fors, Halmstad University (Sweden)

Assist Prof Lidija Tepeš Golubić, Zagreb University of Applied Sciences (Croatia)

Dagmar Nared, student, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Moderated by Assoc Prof Dan Podjed, ZRC SAZU (Slovenia)

13:45-14:00        Conclusion

14:00-14:45        Reception



SLOVENIA: Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Institute of Slovenian Ethnology & Anton Melik Geographical Institute; University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology; University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture; Institute for Innovation and Development of the University of Ljubljana

CROATIA: Institute for Social Research in Zagreb


This event is a result of the Invisible Life of Waste: Development of an Ethnography-Based Solution for Waste Management in Households project (L6-9364), co-funded by the Slovenian Research Agency, and Active8-Planet project, co-funded by the EU Erasmus+ programme.

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