The 1st Urban Futures Forum – To Create a More Sustainable Australia was held at RMIT University in Melbourne on Thursday 8 December 2016. Here are the information:

Date: Thursday 8 December 2016
Time: 9:30 am – 13:00 pm
Venue: Room 3, Level 2, Building 80, 392-394 Swanston Street, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia (see below map for details)


The Forum has addressed the practical barriers for timber buildings and find the best way to conquer them. This forum not only has provided the trends and future guidance related to timber buildings but also fostered the collaborations within this area. The forum has been successfully held within but not limited to the following aspects:

  1. Hazards during the construction and usage of timber buildings;
  2. Innovations to create a more sustainable and low-cost timber building;
  3. Australian and international building codes and guidelines; and
  4. Current progress and challenges of timber buildings in Australia.


This forum has brought together over 40 delegates from both academia and industry, such as Deakin University, RMIT University, Norman Disney & Young. The program has been fulfilled with the following schedules:

09:10 am Registration
09:30 am Opening/welcome Sujeeva Setunge, RMIT
09:40 am The National Construction Code (NCC) 2016 and Mid-rise Timber Buildings Alastair Woodard, Wood Products Victoria
10:10 am How to Design Timber Buildings to Satisfy the Building Code Stephen Kip, SKIP Consulting
10:40 am Reliable Early Warning Detection in Timber Building Fire Protection Yun Jiang, Xtralis
11:10 am Morning tea
11:30 am Managing Fire risks to Facilitate Greater Use of Timber Paul England, EFT Consulting
12:00 pm Structural Behaviours of Typical Timber Products Long Shi, RMIT
12:30 pm Brainstorming: challenges and opportunities for timber buildings
01:00 pm Lunch & Closing

The 2nd Urban Futures Forum will be held at RMIT University in Melbourne on Friday 30 November 2018. Here is the information:

Date: 30 November 2018
Time: 09:00-13:00
Venue: Room 06, Level 09, Building 80, 392-394 Swanston Street, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia (see below map for details)
Free registration: Please register here before 26 November 2018 for catering purpose.


Overuse of traditional energy not only raises the current energy crisis but also produces some environmental problems. The built environment is one of the largest consumers of energy in Australia, and the Australian government commits to reducing emissions to 26-28% on 2005 levels by 2030. RMIT University of proud to be one of the advanced actors to take steps by promoting energy efficiency and reducing gas emissions. The challenges are still there, and efforts are urgently needed to fulfill these important targets.


This forum will bring together engineers, designers, and researchers. We really need your expertise and experience to help to create a more sustainable Australia. The program will be fulfilled with the following schedules:


09:00 Registration
09:20 Opening/welcome Kevin Zhang, RMIT
09:30 Urban Futures ECP and its role in supporting WETT Research Centre activities Jega Jegatheesan, RMIT
10:00 Achieving net-zero-energy-demand buildings Lu Aye, Melb Uni
10:30 Socio-Technical-Cyber-Economic Systems for Distributed Renewable Energy Technology Deployment in Buildings and Urban Precincts Rebecca Yang, RMIT
11:00 Morning tea
11:30 Challenges in Residential Building Energy Efficiency Rating Dong Chen, CSIRO
12:00 Energy saving of building based on natural ventilation Long Shi, RMIT
12:30 Lunch & Closing

The 3rd Urban Futures Forum will be held at Yixing of China on Friday 30 August 2019. Here is the information:

Date: 30 August 2019
Time: 08:30-15:30
Venue: Hongxing Venue, 3rd Floor, New Century Hotels & Resorts, Yixing, Jiangsu, China


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 has been held in Yixing of China in 30 August 2019 that has brought together researchers, industries and government departments together to assemble ideas for immediate actions of improving our indoor air quality. It provides a platform for multidiscipline to explore the opportunities and find the partners for your future endeavours. The topics includes 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.


This forum will bring together engineers, designers, and researchers. We really need your expertise and experience to help to create a more sustainable Australia. The program will be fulfilled with the following schedules:

08:30 Registration
09:00 Opening/welcome Yan Yang, Chief Executive of Science and Technology Town
09:10 An introduction about Yixing Municipal Science and Technology Bureau Qijun Tang, Director-General of Yixing Municipal Science and Technology Bureau
09:20 An introduction of Gaoteng Town Xueqiang Zhou, Chief Executive of Gaoteng Town
09:30 An introduction about the Urban Futures Forum Long Shi, RMIT University
09:40 Opening/welcome Shefeng Yao, Deputy Mayer of Yixing
09:50 Treatment and industrialization of high-salt and high acid-alkali wastewater Prof. Yang Zhang, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy & Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
10:10 Antifouling modification and strategy of thin film composite membrane for FO applications Prof. Yan Wang, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
10:30 New nanofiltration membranes for precise molecular sieving: from lab to pilot Prof. Shipeng Sun, Nanjing Tech University
10:50 Treatment of blowdown wastewater from cooling tower using PANI/TiO2 adsorption and subsequent electrochemical oxidation for the desorbtion liquid Prof. Xing Zheng, Xi’an University of Technology
11:10 How to achieve the sustainable development of clean water proposed by the United Nations through scientific and technological research and development Prof. Veeriah Jegatheesan, RMIT University
11:30 Advances and applications of osmotic membrane bioreactor for wastewater treatment and reclamation Prof. Xinhua Wang, Jiangnan University
11:50 Lunch and social activities
13:30 Indoor air pollution and the trend of green buildings Dr. Long Shi, RMIT University
13:50 Electrospun nanofiber membrane as air filtration media for high-efficiency PM2.5 capturing Prof. Yuming Zheng, Institute of Urban Environment, China Academy of Sciences
14:10 Advanced materials and related opoelectrochemical cell for VOCs purification Prof. Liangzhuang Wu, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences
14:30 Rethinking sustainable building design: in cases of wild nature Dr. Dongxian Zheng, PLAT Asia
14:50 Healthy city and healthy building for the future Prof. Qinglong Gao, China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute Corp. Ltd
15:10 Key points for catalytic removal of VOCs under practical conditions Asso. Prof. Jinze Lv, Jiangnan University
15:30 Social activities and closing