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How can specialists and communities work together to create sustainable cities for the future?

Designing and building cities is complicated work.  It requires the knowledge and skills of numerous specialists, such as scientists, engineers and architects, and ultimately will impact on the lives of many more thousands, if not millions, of people.

Our panel will consider how the specialists of today can work with each other and the wider community, to create cities that we all want to live and work in tomorrow.

Chair: Alok Jha (Science and Environment correspondent, The Guardian)


Dr Janet Barlow (Reader in Urban Meteorology, University of Reading)

Rab Bennetts OBE (Director, Bennetts Associates Architects)

Anna Coote (Head of Social Policy, nef - new economics foundation)

Professor Jeremy Watson (Global Research Director, Arup and Chief Scientific Adviser, Department of Communities & Local Government.)

Sir Alan Wilson FRS (Professor of Urban & Regional Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College London.)

This event was organised in partnership with Open-City in association with their 2010 Open House weekend programme and the Society's 350th anniversary Capital Science programme.  Open House weekend took place on 18 and 19 September at venues across London, including the Royal Society.  Please see for more details.