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The 2021 Congress

WTUC 2021 will once again be taking place as a virtual event due to travel restrictions on
w/c 18 October 2021. An initial callout was made to Operational Board members to host sessions on their own campuses as well as livestreaming to all online participants.

Please see below for an initial outline for this year’s sessions.

Please note the following days are not in order and particular days and times have not been set yet.

Monday 18 October 2021, 08:30am UK time:
Energy System Transformation for a Carbon Neutral Future

Host: King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thornburi
Topics: Policy and transition strategies, Renewable energy integration & Energy storage,
Sustainable bioenergy and Smart energy efficiency.

Tentative Programme

10 mins: Welcome remarks
15 mins: Speaker (1) – policy and transition strategies
15 mins: Speaker (2) – policy and transition strategies (KMUTT)
15 mins: Speaker (3) – renewable energy integration & energy storage (KMUTT)
15 mins: Speaker (4) – renewable energy integration & energy storage (KMUTT)
10 mins: Break
15 mins: Speaker (5) – sustainable bioenergy
15 mins: Speaker (6) – sustainable bioenergy
15 mins: Speaker (7) – smart energy efficiency
15 mins: Speaker (8) – smart energy efficiency
30 mins: Panel discussion: “Areas and modalities of collaboration and partnership and funding models” (5 minutes for participants to interact with the panelists)
5 mins: Concluding remarks

Open call for speakers from WTUN.

Tuesday 19 October 2021, Time TBC:
Civically Engaged Institutions in a Global Landscape: The Great Balancing Act

Host: University of Bradford

Tentative Programme

15 mins: Welcome from Professor Shirley Congdon, Vice-Chancellor, University of Bradford – Professor Zahir Irani and/or Professor Shirley Congdon welcomes the WTUC attendees to the University of Bradford and sets the scene for the day

45 mins – The growing importance of a University to its locality: Panel session – Chaired by Professor Zahir Irani. The role of the University in the City to include Economic Recovery Strategy Work, Eleanor Clyde-Evans on BCE Strategy, Professor John Bridgeman on
Research that impacts the City. Discussion to highlight the importance of a successful City and the role of the University to contribute with a consideration of the impact of this on the global context. What is the benefit of civic engagement for our international footprint?

Break

75 mins – Institution showcases: members will be invited to contribute a showcase of a local project that is or could have global impact. The University of Bradford could showcase the Visualising Hertiage work of Chris Gaffney and team. This has been a project that creates a virtual city which can be used for civic planning

  • disaster management to simulate realistic
    effects caused by a natural disaster, including fires, floods, bomb explosions, surface
    watersheds and floodplain mapping
  • urban planning
  • augmented reality
  • tourism
  • public participation and potential for democratic purposes
  • stimulate investment
  • encourage citizens, developers etc to update the digital clone, to keep it relevant and up to date
  • encourage the use of the digital clone as an educational resource
  • facilitates the investigation/implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) As time moves on, the
    digital clone will contribute to the Council’s willingness to improve our city for all residents.

This project can be used across the world showing that a locally based project can deliver
global impact. Each institution could have 25 minutes to showcase and discuss their project.

Open call for speakers from WTUN.

Break

WTUN Showcase Session

WTUN Development and Networking Session

Date and Time TBC:
The UN Sustainable Development Goals – Less than 10 years to go

Host: Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences
Topics: Are we making enough progress for the 2030 goals?
A perspective from our members.

Open call for speakers from WTUN.

Date and Time TBC:
Climate Action: A view from experts, HEI staff and university students

Host: Ahlia University

Tentative Programme

2 x Keynote Speakers

Panel Discussion – speakers from across the globe give their views on climate action and our progress on combatting this issue

Student Debate – our first ever WTUN student debate where we will task our engaged students to debate a controversial topic within Climate Action

Film – Made especially for WTUC 2021, Ahlia University will present a special film illustrating the impact of climate change on our world.

Open call for speakers from WTUN.

Date and Time TBC:
International Student Collaboration for Community Involvement

Host: National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

Tentative Programme

Presentation: Engineers in Action. Students from Indonesia, Taiwan and Vietnam will present Engineers In Action (EIA) programme for SDGs. They will include their experiences and reflections from the project.

Opportunity for 3 other projects from across the Network to showcase their impact.

Panel Discussion – How we learn from each other from international collaboration for community involvement.

Open call for speakers from WTUN.

Date and Time TBC:
Practices and Strategies of University Social Responsibility

Host: National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

Tentative Programme

Universities from across WTUN will present on their respective practices within Teaching and Research.

Panel Discussion – How we learn from each other on USR.

Open call for speakers from WTUN.

For more information please contact wtun@bradford.ac.uk or register to attend using the link below.

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