4th S3: Civic Engagement Driving Urban Solutions

4th S3: Civic Engagement Driving Urban Solutions

In partnership with Singapore’s Ministries, Nanyang Technological University (NTU),  our Singapore university partners and our private sector collaborators are organising the fourth annual Singapore Sustainability Symposium (S3) in Singapore on 3-5 May 2017 at Grand Hyatt Singapore. The symposium has become an international platform to support sustainability and urban solutions with a special interest in the challenges faced by cities.

This year’s symposium, titled Civic Engagement Driving Urban Solutions, will begin on Wednesday evening (3 May) with an address by our Guest of Honour, followed by a round table discussion. The next two days (Thursday and Friday, 4-5 May) will follow a format similar to prior years: short speaker presentations (10-15 minutes each) followed by a moderated discussion to create an interactive and generative dialogue. Our local and international delegates represent many perspectives, drawn from academia, government, the private sector, and civil society.

Our format and discussion process emphasizes the connections between disciplines, stakeholders, and topics. S3 connects university research capacity to private sector and national priorities, and enriches multidisciplinary perspectives. This year’s S3 will again serve as early input to the next World Cities Summit Mayors Forum to be held in Suzhou in late May 2017.

You can download the programme here.

Key Takeaways of the Event

Technology & Innovation

  • Technology for sustainability includes engineering, infrastructure, and new products for meeting society’s needs and engaging citizens, while innovation includes entrepreneurship, new management systems, and supporting beneficial market development.

Laws and Governance

  • City planners, law makers, regulatory agencies, and national policy-makers together play key roles in championing sustainable urban development and adaptation solutions that are effective, inclusive, and equitable.

Economics and Financial Incentives

  • Building prosperous economies of opportunity is a goal of sustainable development, which includes a commitment to development that is inclusive and equitable, as well as to the fundamental consideration of ecological impacts and planetary boundaries.

Scientific Advisory Board Members (2017)

Alexander Zehnder Chair, Sustainable Earth Office, and Member, Board of Trustees of Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
Anders KarlssonVice President, Strategic Alliances, Global Academic Relations, ELSEVIER, Japan
Chew Gek KhimExecutive Chairman of The Straits Trading Company Limited
Choi Shing Kwok Permanent Secretary of Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR)
Ernst Brugger Founding partner and the President of BHP – Brugger and Partners Ltd; Switzerland
Geoffrey West Distinguished Professor and Past President of Santa Fe Institute, USA
Heng Chye Kiang Professor, National University of Singapore (NUS)
Isher Judge Ahluwalia Chair, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER); India
John Keung Kam Yin Chairman, BCA Centre for Sustainable Buildings and Dean, BCA Academy
Khoo Teng Chye Executive Director of Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC)
Koh Kheng Lian Emeritus Professor at National University of Singapore (NUS), Honorary Director, APCEL
Lauren Sorkin Regional Director, Asia Pacific, 100 Resilient Cities
Peter Ho Hak Ean Senior Advisor of Centre for Strategic Futures, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy; Chairman of Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA)
Phua Kok Khoo Founding Director, Institute of Advanced Studies, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
Chairman & CEO, World Scientific Publishing Company Pte Ltd
Serena Kao Founder & CEO of GoPurpose
Shi Nan, 石楠 Vice President and Secretary General of the Urban Planning Society of China; Vice Director of the National Steering Board for Planning Education, National Commission for Planning Education Accreditation and National Board for Certified Planner System
Simon Upton 4th Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and former Cabinet Minister, New Zealand
Stanley Yip Centre of Urban Planning & Design, Peking University, Beijing, People's Republic of China
Victor TayNanyang Technological University (NTU)

Speakers Presentation Files (2017)

Dr. Anders KarlssonCivic Engagement, Urban Planning and Mobile Technologies
Dr. Per Christer Lund Energy and climate incentives in Norway
Dr. Stanley Yip Civic Engagement and Urban Planning in China
Gustav Guggenheimer Don't Waste Your Waste!
Jeffrey NengSingapore Experience : Formulating and Implementing Environmental Sustainability Requirement for our Building Industry
Nilesh Y. Jadhav Energy Revolution through Digitalization
Peter Steinberg The urban coastline : Building resilience and sustainability
Professor Zhu Wenyi Designing The Sustainable Point, Line And Plane
Stanislav Shmelev Multidimensional Sustainability Analysis

Video Highlights

Snapshots of the Symposium