How are cities going to evolve in the next future? “Urban Futures – Squaring Circles: Europe, China and the World in 2050” Conference (Lisbon, Portugal, 10 – 11 October 2014) calls for creative researchers to propose their abstracts and conceive their visions of tomorrow’s China and Europe, with specific reference to the urban dimension.

Organized by the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS-UL), by the Institute of Studies for the Integration of Systems (ISIS), and by the Institute of Future Cities of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (IFC-CUHK) in the framework of URBACHINA project, the Conference will explore alternative futures for Chinese and European cities, using a scenario-based approach, with the goal of assessing emerging trends, expected drivers, as well potential risks and uncertainty factors.

urbachina-conferenceCities play a prominent role at local and global level. Growing in complexity, urban systems need a long-term, strategic planning to face multiple issues, ranging from climate change to social inequality. In this sense, scenario-based frameworks represent a useful tool to guide farsighted policies, preparing decision-makers to possibly prevent and address rising criticalities. Focusing on urban environment, the Conference will also make the point on latest advances in long-term thinking and foresight studies.

Abstracts can be submitted under two core themes, “Scenarios for Cities of the Future” and “People and Societies in Future Cities”, falling under four threads: “Forward Thinking Methods”, “Governance in Future Cities”, “Future of Resources”, and “Future of Urban Systems”. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is on 17 March 2014. Further information and submission template can be found on the Conference website.


Funded under the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme, URBACHINA is a collaborative project managed by a consortium of 11 leading Chinese and European research institutions, including ISIS. URBACHINA aims at analysing China’s urbanisation trends for the next 40 years and define possible future scenarios with reference to concepts of sustainability. For more information, please visit URBACHINA website.