How do we make cities better? From gleaming towers to sprawling slums, from excessive wealth to unimaginable poverty, from green oases to lawless danger zones, cities bring together multiple, interconnected challenges.
Mobility, health, water, energy, housing, employment, food, recreation, culture, democracy, climate: everything is interdependent. None of these things can be individually perfected within the complex urban environment, but all can be improved. The 2021 Nobel Week Dialogue beginning on 9 December 2021, will explore the nature of the city, and possible visions of a hoped-for future.
This year’s Nobel Week Dialogue will be a hybrid event with a global digital audience online, as well as a limited audience present in-person in Gothenburg. There will be a mix of speakers participating digitally and physically on stage.
Dr Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General of International IDEA, will address two panels at the approximate times below:
1. Panel: Democracy and the City, 14:08 (CET)
2. Panel: Working with Government, 14:28h (CET)
The speakers include the following Nobel Prize laureates: Paul Romer, Economic Sciences 2008; Brian Schmidt, Physics 2011 and Serge Haroche, Physics 2012.
13:00 - 15:00 Sessions
The State Of Things Now
Gautam Bhan, Nicolas Buchoud, Ann Legeby, Karen Seto, and Jan Vapaavuori
What Can We Learn From Ancient Cities?
The Image Of The City
An Sdg Perspective On African Urbanisation
The Rise Of The African City
Edgar Pieterse, Susan Parnell
Citizen Participation: Shaping The City Of The Future
Community Assemblies: Empowering The City Of The Future
Democracy And The City
Sanna Ghotbi, Lisa Mastiaux, Paul Romer, and Kevin Casas-Zamora
When Scientists Talk To Policy Makers
Interview with Chemistry laureate Frances Arnold
Working With Government
Jan Vapaavuori, Nicolas Buchoud, Kevin Casas-Zamora, Susan Parnell
15:30 - 17:00 Sessions
The Impact Of Climate Change
Interview with Physics laureate Brian Schmidt
Towards Sustainable Urbanisation
Nicolas Buchoud, Serge Haroche, Karen Seto, and Monica Smith
The Role Of Public Spaces
Anna Blennow, Ann Legeby, and Limin Hee
Cities And Health
Interview with Medicine laureate Jules Hoffman
Ann Legeby, Michael Marmot, Edward Glaeser, and Gautam Bhan
Interview with Physics laureate Serge Haroche
The Senseable City
Jan Vapaavuori, Monica Smith, Serge Haroche, Carlo Ratti, Edward Glaeser, and Paul Romer
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