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Cities and Climate Change Seminar 4

12 June, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm SAST

Working at the interface of climate science, urban policy and practice: developing ideas of distillation and receptivity

WHEN: 12 June 2018
TIME: 3:00 to 4:30
WHERE: Studio 3, Environmental and Geographical Science Building, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town

The last seminar in the 4 part series on cities and climate change will focus on how the worlds of climate science and urban policy making and implementation are being brought closer together in ways that might support more evidence-based decision making on urban matters that are climate sensitive. Drawing primarily on the efforts of, and experiences from, the Future Resilience of African Cities and Lands (FRACTAL) project, the speakers will present ideas and practices of distilling relevant, actionable climate information and fostering greater receptivity to engaging, co-producing and acting on climate information. Central to this is the creation of city learning labs as a space for bringing together a diversity of people and knowledge to generate new thinking and possibly nudge processes of decision making in new directions. Experiences of designing and implementing such labs in Maputo, Lusaka and Windhoek will be discussed in relation to emerging concepts of distillation and receptivity. The seminar will provide an opportunity to share insights about working at science-policy-practice interfaces between those working in the climate space and those working in other urban science-policy domains, like health, water management, housing and biodiversity.

CHAIR: Prof Sue Parnell


  • Dr Chris Jack, Principal Scientific Officer, Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG), and ACDI Senior Fellow
  • Dr Di Scott, African Centre for Cities
  • Dr Izidine Pinto, Climate System Analysis Group


12 June, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm SAST
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Studio 3
Environmental and Geographical Science Building, Upper Campus, UCT
Cape Town, South Africa
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