Green and fun cities of the future

International Event

By 2050, the world's population is expected to reach 10 billion. By 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 organising this international event, bringing together researchers and practitioners, students and experts. During the Covid-19 pandemic, they will collaborate using online tools, research and present their solutions for the future in the event, which is open to the public. In the research and co-creation process, they will focus on various urban challenges, including waste management, energy consumption and mobility.

The central research and development question to be answered at the event is: How can we create solutions for the future that will be sustainable, people-friendly and fun?


When? Thursday, 6th May 2021, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm Central European Time

Where? Online (Zoom event - CLICK ON THE LINK)



9:00-9:50 introduction and keynote speeches

Prof Dr Sarah Pink, Monash University, Emerging Technologies Research Lab: "If You Were a City Sensor"

Prof Dr Jane Lu Hsu, National Chung Hsing University, Department of Marketing: "Perceived Relevance of Sustainability with Cross-National Comparisons and Implications"

9:50-10:00 break

10:00-10:30 Green and Fun Debate, panel discussion

Prof Dr Simone Abram, Durham University, UK

Assist Prof Dr Jože Guna, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dr Lana Peternel, Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, Croatia

Assoc Prof Dr Maja Pivec, FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciences, Austria

Mira Svartnes Thorsen, Dirty Old Town, Norway

Moderated by Assoc Prof Dr Dan Podjed, ZRC SAZU, Slovenia

10:30-10:40 break

10:40-12:45 Green and Fun Ideas for the Future, student presentations

12:45-13:00 presentation of the Dirty Game and Active8 Planet project (in English)

13:00-15:00 lunch break

15:00-15:30 The Dirty Game / Umazana igra (in Slovenian)



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; Institute for Innovation and Development of the University of Ljubljana; Baltazar Consulting; Value Add Games

AUSTRIA: FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciences

UK: Durham University, Department of Anthropology

NORWAY: Dirty Old Town

CROATIA: Institute for Social Research in Zagreb


The event is supported by EASA Applied Anthropology Network.

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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