‘Future Megacities in Balance’ Conference, 11–13 October, 2010, Essen

Our project successfully participated in the international conference on ‘Future Megacities in Balance: New Alliances for Energy- and Climate-Efficient Solutions’ (11–13 October 2010), organised by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research at the World Heritage Site ‘Zeche Zollverein’ in Essen, Germany. Experiences regarding challenges for sustainable development of megacities were shared from different parts of the world and solutions and best practices for climate-friendly and energy-efficient urban development were discussed during the first day. During the second day, the emphasis was on adopting these solutions and best practices through new alliances and partnerships. Researchers from the Hyderabad project chaired three of the parallel sessions besides participating actively in several other sessions during the conference. More specifically, NEXUS contributed to the Session ‘Good Practice and Cooperation Examples – Smart Energy Systems: with the case of “Solar Powered Schools for Hyderabad”’, a presentation by Dr. Angela Jain. Dr. Rao Chelikani (key partner of Nexus and the Megacities Hyderabad Project) participated in the panel discussion “Challenging Areas for Megacity Development – Energy, Resources, Planning, Mobility, Governance and Finance”. Dr. Chelikani and Project Coordinator Dr. Zikos contributed their input to “The Dos and Don’ts of New Alliances” world Café, organized by Dr. Hans-Liudger Dienel (NEXUS). PTV contributed to the session “Intelligent Transport for Metropolises” with Tanja Schäfer presenting the case of “Adaptation of Transport Infrastructure in Hyderabad to Climate Change”. Project Leader Prof. Hagedorn chaired the session ‘Multi-level Cooperation and Governance in Megacities’.