UCCRN Launches East Asian Hub in Shanghai
UCCRN’s East Asian Hub was launched in Shanghai on August 19, 2016, in partnership with East China Normal University (ECNU), serving to enable increased collaboration between urban climate change researchers in the East Asian region. The launch event took place concurrently with the Shanghai Forum on Climate Change and Cities, held from August 19th to 20th 2016. Over 40 scholars, including representatives from China Meteorological Administration and Beijing Jiaotong University, attended the launch.
At the forum’s opening ceremony, Vice-President of ECNU, Wang Rongming offered his congratulations on the successful launch of the hub, and expressed his belief that the establishment of the Hub would be key in spearheading urban climate change research as well as its applications to decision and policy-making in cities. This was followed by presentations from Liu Min, Dean of ECNU’s School of Geographic Sciences and Co-Director of the UCCRN East Asian Hub; UCCRN International Program Manager, Somayya Ali Ibrahim; Lei Xiaotu, Director of Shanghai Typhoon Institute and Co-Director of the Hub; Robert. S. Chen, Director of Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University; and Alex de Sherbinin, Associate Director for Science Applications at CIESIN.
Experts presented a broad range of ongoing climate change and disaster risk reduction research at the forum, followed by a open-floor discussion by participants about the future direction of UCCRN’s East Asian Hub, possible future research topics and collaboration opportunities. It was agreed upon that moving forward, the new East Asian Hub should aim to expand urban climate change research and implementation through making the best use of its advantageous regional position, improving collaboration with other Regional Hubs and acquiring more resources.
The establishment of the UCCRN East Asian Regional Hub marks UCCRN’s growing global reach and representation, with hubs already established in Europe (Paris, France), Latin America (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Africa (Durban, South Africa).