New Tools for Science Policy

How Complexity Science Can Guide Urban Transformations

Lessons from Germany

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About the Seminar

March 29, 2023 9:00am—10:00am

Urban and regional economies must constantly adapt to challenges. From planned redevelopment efforts to unexpected shocks like natural disasters, these economies are in constant flux. How can we best plan for beneficial, inclusive economic transitions?

Recent breakthroughs in complexity science and related fields offer new insights and solutions to guide cities through economic transitions. Complexity science techniques were piloted in Lausitz, Germany, a region heavily dependent on coal mining and other extraction industries. German Energiewende (energy transition) policy aims to make the country climate neutral by 2025, which would replace extraction industries with new, green ones. This transition will need new infrastructure, new skills for workers, and new industries.

On March 29 at 9AM ET, join Shade T. Shutters (Arizona State University) and Bastian Alm (German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action) for a New Tools in Science Policy breakfast seminar. Examining how these new techniques have been applied in Germany gives a glimpse of how science can help cities in other countries navigate disruptions, whether due to energy policies, natural disasters, or simply reconfiguring local economies for a brighter future.

Location Information

ASU Barrett & O’Connor Center
1800 I St NW
8th Floor
Washington, DC 20006

Additional Information

Event Policies:

  • Attendees are required to show proof of up to date COVID-19 vaccination with ID.
  • Breakfast will be provided.
  • Doors open at 8:30AM ET.
  • This event will also be livestreamed. Register here to attend virtually.