The 3rd Urban Futures Forum

People spend up to 90% of time indoors. Indoor air quality is one of the most significant environmental issues that has not been effectively solved in many countries. Unhealthy air has resulted in huge economic losses and health issues. For example, the unhealthy air has led to a loss of about 3.5% GDP for China only in 2010, while the number for Australia is about 1.4-4.8% of the GDP recently. On the basis of two continuously successful Urban Futures Forum, the 3rd Urban Futures Forum will be held in Yixing of China in August 2019 to bring together researchers, industries and government departments together to assemble ideas for immediate actions of improving our indoor air quality. It will provide a platform for multidiscipline to explore the opportunities and find the partners for your future endeavours. The topics will include but not limited to,

  • Indoor air quality
  • Membrane technologies
  • Renewable energy and buildings
  • Occupational health and safety


The aims and scopes of the Urban Futures Forum is to benefit:

  • Researchers to explore the opportunities and create impacts through the multidisciplinary collaboration;
  • Industries to know the cutting-edge research progresses on the research fields and find both the research and industries partners to enhance the key competitiveness; and
  • Government departments to find the right incubation projects and assemble resources to promote the life quality and the growth of local economies.


The 1st Urban Futures Forum on timber building was held in December 2016, which has brought together nearly 40 academia and industry delegates at RMIT University, Australia. It has provided a useful platform to share and assemble ideas, which has proved a way to create a more sustainable world. With the success of the 1st Forum, the 2nd Urban Futures Forum was held in Melbourne in November 2018, which has addressed the practical barriers for energy saving and the challenges in adopting renewable energy in the buildings. This forum not only can provide the trends and future guidance related the energy innovation in buildings, but also can foster the collaborations in the areas.


Organization Chairs

  • Dr. Long Shi, RMIT University, Australia
  • Professor Yang Zhang, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy & Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Professor Veeriah Jegatheesan, RMIT University, Australia


Contact us

For further information, please contact us through the email addresses: Dr. Long Shi (long.shi@rmit.edu.au), Professor Yang Zhang (zhangyang@qibebt.ac.cn), and Professor Veeriah Jegatheesan (jega.jegatheesan@rmit.edu.au).


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