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How will advances in the way we think about energy and infrastructure deliver a sustainable quality of life? This is the central question being discussed by leading figures and companies from a range of sectors during ‘In the Future, How will we Live?’ hosted by the UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai from Jan. 11-18, under the UK’s participation theme ‘Innovating for a Shared Future’.
Included in the programme of events are a series of online sessions discussing how the latest innovations in renewable energy and smart city technology can drive solutions to the global challenges set to define a generation. Activities will also consider what a net zero future will look like.
Kicking off the week-long programme of activity is the World Majlis on Digital Twins and New Realities: Living and thriving with new realities. World Majlises build on long-established Emirati and Arab traditions, facilitating global dialogue by inspiring new perspectives with conversations that matter at Expo 2020 Dubai. Co-curated with Expo 2020 Dubai and hosted on the UK Pavilion as part of Travel and Connectivity Week, this forum will consider a future hybrid world consisting of digital and physical realities that can lead to breakthroughs that address our greatest challenges in sectors such as healthcare, education, retail and smart cities.
On Jan.17 and 18, speakers in a series of online Summit panel discussions covering the biggest questions facing humanity include Rachel Skinner, President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (2020/21) and Executive Director of Transport at WSP, who will chair a panel session on the logistics of a net zero world, and Dr Jacqui Taylor, CEO and Founder of FlyingBinary and Smart Cities Adviser to the UK Government.
Tackling topics such as the sustainable use of water and food waste, the online summits will also feature Professor Nidal Hilal, Founding Director of the Centre for Water Advanced Technologies and Environmental Research, Swansea University & Director of NYUAD Water Research Centre, Pro Vice-Chancellor International and Dean for the Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities at De Montfort University.
The UK Pavilion will also host a showcase of models and images from UK at Expo 2020 Dubai Founding Partner De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) student prize-winning designs focused on sustainable living. On 12 and 13 January, UK at Expo 2020 Dubai Official Partner bp are hosting the Reimagining Energy live showcase, which explores the energy transition. bp’s purpose is reimagining energy for people and our planet, and is partnering with countries, cities, and companies as they shape their own paths to net zero.
The showcase is open to the public to join from 17.00 – 19.00 on Wednesday 12 January and 14.00-18.00 on Thursday Jan.13.
Laura Faulkner OBE, UK Commissioner for Expo 2020 Dubai, says: “The latest projections estimate 68 per cent of the world will live in cities by 2050, putting a tremendous strain on global infrastructure, energy, housing, transport and the environment. The UK has a vital role to play in driving a sustainable future across the globe so I’m looking forward to seeing the ideas, innovations and potential solutions that will be discussed during these events.”
Let’s begin with a factoid: over 10 per cent of Expo 2020 visitors in Dubai have been to the United …….