The 4th Urban Futures Forum

Australia is considered as the driest continent inhabited by humans, while the situation is getting worse that Spring 2019 was the driest season in 120 years for Australia according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. China is also facing the shortage of fresh water under the rapid growing of population and urbanization. On the basis of three continuously successful Urban Futures Forum, the 4th Urban Futures Forum will be held at Xi'an Univeristy of Technology in Xi'an of China in August 2020 that will bring together researchers, industry partners and government delegates together to assemble ideas for immediate actions on realzing wasterwater treatment based on solar energy. It will provide a platform for cross-region and multidiscipline to explore the opportunities and find the partners for your future endeavours. The topics includes but not limited to,

  • Wastewater treatment
  • Renewable energy
  • Membrane technologies


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 on 8th 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 on 30th November 2018, which has addressed the practical barriers for energy saving and the challenges in adopting renewable energy in the buildings. The 3rd Urban Futures Forum was held in Yixing of China on 30 August 2019 with over 100 delegates from goverment departments, industry and research institutes, following the theme of wastewater treatment and indoor air quality. This forum not only can provide the trends and future guidance related to tbe urban futures, but also can foster the collaborations in the multi-disciplinary areas.


Organization Chairs


Contact us

For further information, please contact us through the email addresses: Dr. Long Shi (long.shi@rmit.edu.au), Professor Xing Zheng (xingzheng@xaut.edu.cn), and Professor Jega Jegatheesan (jega.jegatheesan@rmit.edu.au).


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