Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)

About the Course

Smart, Sustainable Cities

A joint EERA and UERA Summer school at Newcastle University.

UERA exists to strengthen, expand and optimise the European Development of new urban research and innovation capabilities. The EERA Joint Programme on Smart Cities aims to develop scientific tools and methods that will enable intelligent design, planning and operation of the energy system of an entire city in the near future. This short course provides training and learning opportunities to equip you with new socio-technical skills sets for urban sustainability research and innovation.

Why at Newcastle?

Newcastle University is uniquely placed to host this course.

It will be delivered at the Urban Sciences Building at Science Central, a data-rich, sensed environment. The site is home to the Urban Observatory; a living lab gathering sensor data on its performance, energy sources and consumption, and even its building skins. Newcastle has extensive urban sensing at micro (appliance), meso (building) and macro (city) scales.

Data gathered from the building, city quarter and wider metropolitan area can be mediated to stakeholders in a purpose-built facility. Newcastle has developed Decision Theatre methodologies and spaces for co-creation and visualisation of research data to explore information from multiple sectors simultaneously. Newcastle hosts a £300,000 dedicated venue with high-resolution projection and touch screen system in an immersive, interactive 3D environment to facilitate the use of socio-informatics co-creation techniques in this course.

Who is the course aimed at?

The course is suitable for people who want to develop socio-technical skills sets for urban sustainability research and innovation.

Course dates

This course has already been delivered or dates are currently being arranged. Please submit an Expression of Interest if you would like to be notified of future dates.

In association with:
In association with European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Smart, Sustainable Cities in association with European Energy Research Alliance (EERA)
In association with Urban Europe Research Alliance (UERA) Smart, Sustainable Cities in association with Urban Europe Research Alliance (UERA)

Objectives and Outline

Smart, Sustainable Cities

Course Objectives

During the course, you'll:

  • develop understanding of your area in the wider international context of smart city activity
  • experience and engage with the complexities of urban sensing
  • implement sensing in a live urban observatory in hands-on practical sessions
  • discover new ways of cross/multi/inter/transdisciplinary working
  • learn and practise methods for collaboration and co-creation
  • hone your communication skills for pitching, explaining and translating research
  • develop and extend your international network of interdisciplinary smart city researchers

Course Outline

Venue: Event space in Urban Sciences Building, Newcastle University, 1 Science Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5TG

Evening schedule will be based around events at Great Exhibition of North #getnorth2018

Monday 23 July 2018
  • 12.30: Registration and Lunch
  • 13.15: Welcome to summer school
  • 13.30: Introduction to UERA and EERA
  • 14.00: Icebreaker 1 (who is in the room)
  • 14.15: Disciplines and interdisciplinarity (Prof Simin Davoudi)
  • 15.15: Coffee
  • 15.45: Ice breaker 2
  • 16.30: End of first day
  • 18.00: Evening schedule including evening meal TBC
Tuesday 24 July 2018
  • 09.30: Coffee
  • 09.45-12.15 (with coffee break): The role of Thermal Energy Storage to increase the renewable fraction in energy supply networks and buildings (Dr Ana Lazaro)
  • 12.15: Lunch
  • 13.30-16.30 (with coffee break): Building as a power plant (Dr Mohammad Royapoor)
  • 18.00: Evening schedule including evening meal TBC
Wednesday 25 July 2018
  • 09.30: Coffee
  • 09.45-12.15 (with coffee break): The role of Communication Protocols as Enablers in IoT Systems and Applications (Dr Francisco Falcone)
  • 12.15: Lunch
  • 13.00-16.30 (with coffee break): Digital civics and Urban Observatory (Dr Jennine Jonczyk and OpenLab researcher) including a mini-project on sensors and data
  • 18.00: Free time to explore city trails (including evening meal vouchers at Grey's Quarter
Thursday 26 July 2018
  • 09.30: Coffee
  • 09.45-12.15 (with coffee break): How to run a decision theatre - a socio-informatics tool for co-creation (Dr Claire Walsh)
  • 12.15: Lunch
  • 13.30-16.30 (with coffee break): Communication skills workshop (Dr Claire Walsh, Dr Casper Hewett, Cap-a-Pie theatre company)
  • 18.00: Evening schedule including evening meal TBC
Friday 27 July 2018
  • 09.30: Coffee
  • 09.45-12.15 (with coffee break): Summer school participant mini project presentations
  • 12.15: Lunch (End of Summer School)
In association with:
In association with European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Smart, Sustainable Cities in association with European Energy Research Alliance (EERA)
In association with Urban Europe Research Alliance (UERA) Smart, Sustainable Cities in association with Urban Europe Research Alliance (UERA)
Course dates

This course has already been delivered or dates are currently being arranged. Please submit an Expression of Interest if you would like to be notified of future dates.

Further Information

Smart, Sustainable Cities

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Course Materials

During the course, you will be able to access course materials electronically using the University Wifi. We suggest that you bring a laptop or tablet with PDF viewer if you wish to refer to the notes during the course. Please ensure that you make sure your electronic device is fully charged, as access to charging points may be limited within the lecture rooms.

Update to Course Content

Please note that our courses are reviewed regularly, both in response to feedback and so that information about recent research and developments can be included. Thus, content may be subject to change.

Presenters

Smart, Sustainable Cities

Presenters

Newcastle University
Academic Professionals

Fees

Smart, Sustainable Cities

Fees

  • Smart, Sustainable Cities
    • £225 (duration 5 days)

The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch, evening meal and refreshments. It does not include accommodation or travel. However, rooms in a city centre hotel have been reserved and will offer Summer School delegates preferential rates of £65 bed and breakfast per night. You'll receive details along with our confirmation of your place on the Summer School.

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