Following on from Professor Simon Haslett’s article in the Western Mail, I thought I would highlight an exciting Sustainable Development and Planning Conference due to take place at one of the University of Wales’ collaborative centres:
The 5th International Conference on Sustainable Development and Planning will be held on the 12-14th July 2011.
The venue is the Wessex Institute of Technology (WIT). WIT is situated in the heart of the New Forest National Park in England and runs PhD and MPhil degrees in Engineering validated by the University of Wales. It is a unique organisation with the overall aim of developing knowledge transfer mechanisms between academics and professional users within industry.
This conference aims to bring together scientists and other stakeholders from across the globe to discuss the latest scientific advances in the field, as well as to seek and highlight developments in managerial strategies and assessment tools for policy and decision makers at the planning level.
The conference addresses the subject of regional development in an integrated way in accordance with the principles of sustainability. It has become apparent that planners, environmentalists, architects, engineers, policy makers and economists have to work together in order to ensure that planning and development can meet our present needs without compromising the ability of future generations.
It will be addressing issues such as the increasing urbanisation of the world coupled with the global issues of environmental pollution, resources shortages and economic restructuring. It will also look at how environments such as rural areas, forests, coastal regions and mountains face their own problems that require urgent solutions in order to avoid irreversible damage. The use of modern technologies in planning and their potential to monitor and prevent environmental degradation will be discussed.
For more information see: http://www.wessex.ac.uk/images/stories/pdf_cfps/2011/sus_dev_2011.pdf
Dr Gavin Bunting
Senior Lecturer, School of STEM, University of Wales Faculty