Monthly Archives: March 2013

Cold Cities Less Sustainable Than Warm Cities, Research Suggests




Living in colder climates in the US is more energy demanding than living in warmer climates. This is according to Dr Michael Sivak at the University of Michigan, who has published new research today, 28 March, in IOP Publishing’s journalEnvironmental Research Letters.

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Summer School for Postgraduate and Senior Undergraduate Students co-organized by FCE and RISUD



The Faculty of Construction and Environment (FCE) and the Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development (RISUD) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), invite outstanding postgraduate and senior undergraduate students from leading universities around the world in disciplines related to construction and environment to join our Summer School from 30 July to 8 August 2013 (tentative) in Hong Kong.  I would be grateful if you could forward this email to your outstanding postgraduate and senior undergraduate students.

Who can apply

Full-time postgraduate students pursuing a Master’s degree programme.

1.      Fresh graduates of Bachelor degree programmes at the time of the Summer School.

2.      Senior undergraduate students who are in the final stage of their studies at the time of the Summer School (e.g. have at least completed 3 years of a 4-year Bachelor degree programme).

3.      The applicants should have a strong interest in a research/academic career, excellent communication skills as well as good leadership potential.

4.      The academic performance of successful applicants is expected to be within the top 10% of students from leading universities (e.g. Chinese mainland universities of the 985 project).


How to submit applications

The application materials should include a duly completed application form, a Curriculum Vitae, academic transcripts/academic results reports (showing the GPA or average score of each academic year), and degree certificates (if any). In addition, a one-page personal statement describing the applicant’s research/career aspirations needs to be submitted.


Details of the Summer School

Seminars on research frontiers in construction and environment plus other activities (e.g. laboratory and site visits, gatherings, etc.) will be organized by the FCE and RISUD. The seminars will be delivered in English. 

Students who are interested in furthering their studies in disciplines related to construction and environment at PolyU can also take advantage of this opportunity to explore potential research topics at PolyU.

Financial support

The Summer School is free of charge.  Further details can be found at:


Free accommodation (shared room) will be provided to all admitted students.  Economy class return air tickets or train tickets will also be provided on a reimbursement basis.   The reimbursement ceiling for students from within and outside the Pearl-river delta region will be HK$1,000 and HK$4,000 respectively.



For enquiry, please email or fax 852-2362 2574 or telephone 852- 2766 5029.


Application deadline

Interested students are welcome to submit an application to or fax 852-2362 2574 on or before 1 April 2013.  Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.


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VGU is now recruiting internationally recognised scientists




VGU is a young autonomous, research oriented Vietnamese university substantially financed by Germany and Vietnam. The campus of this new model state university is in Binh Duong New City and by 2016 it will move to a new campus, financed by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and a World Bank loan of $200 Mil. (US), in Binh Duong Province. In order to achieve its goal of becoming a world‐renowned university, VGU is now recruiting internationally recognised scientists in the fields of Engineering and Economics.

For the Master studies “Sustainable Urban Development” the VGU is looking as soon as possible for a

Course coordinator

The candidate should coordinate the student affairs and administrative objects, provide studies on his own and will get the possibility to do her/ his postdoctoral lecture qualification (Habilitation) on Technische Universität Darmstadt.
The candidate should cover a broad scope of research and education, including general methods of urban development, empirical analysis, interdisciplinary projects and project management. The focus of her/ his responsibilities is on spatial aspects of sustainability, fast growing regions or international planning law. Knowledge of instruments of urban planning like CAD/ GIS and statistics shall be covered.


The teaching workload will be limited to 8 periods/ week, so the candidate will have enough time for own research. S/He will have access to our strong network of 36 German universities and research institutes. For further information see

The candidate is intended to be the vice-director of the Vietnamese‐German Research Centre of Sustainable Urban development at VGU that will be founded in 2014. S/He is expected to supervise doctoral students and their research projects, and also master students on their final thesis. S/He will contribute to the development of the interdisciplinary study programme “Master of Science Sustainable Urban Development”, in consultation with the German partner university Technische Universität Darmstadt). The candidate is also expected to develop his/her own externally funded research projects; research collaboration with other disciplines of VGU is desirable.
The language of lecturing and research at VGU is English.

The researcher is offered an attractive salary. This is a fixed-term position until 30th September 2015.

Prerequisite for the appointment are an outstanding academic record including publications in (international, peer-reviewed) journals, an excellent doctorate, as well as proven teaching experience. The English level must be at least IELTS 7.5 or equivalent. German language skills are desirable. The candidate should be familiar with the planning law in Vietnam and in the Asian region, and s/he should have international experiences as well as experiences in practical projects, also on a management level. The demonstrated ability to secure external funding and experience in guiding PhD students is desirable.

Please email a PDF or MS Word DOC (in English) with the following documents (max. size: 5 MB) as part of your application to
– Curriculum Vitae
– Scans of certificates of attained university degrees
– Scans of language certificates
– Contact details of references or references illustrating your professional and academic career
– List of publications
– Evaluation results for teaching (if applicable)
(All of the above documents need to either be in English or include a translation.)


Deadline: 15st April 2013
Contact for further information:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans Joachim Linke
Director of Master studies “Sustainable Urban Development”
Fachgebiet Landmanagement
Technische Universität Darmstadt

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2013 New Round of Enrollment of UNEP-Tongji IESD International Degree Program



IESD seeks to integrate the multidisciplinary methodologies of natural and social sciences, viewing the environment, economy and society in a holistic fashion. IESD actively participates in UNEP organized regional and global environmental projects; focuses on the generation of new knowledge, development of leading-edge approaches, promotion of creative innovations, and novel applications of knowledge; and provides a well-rounded education to produce graduates with the knowledge and skills to understand the issues involved in environment and sustainable development, and to offer innovative and practical solutions. IESD’s aim is to become an important base of research, education, and information exchange for sustainable development.

In 2013, UNEP-Tongji IESD will keep running the following programs:

Ø Master Program in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development

Ø Master Program in Environmental Engineering

Ø Doctoral Program in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development

Please notify that the deadline for our program application is 10th June every year. You could find more information in the attachments or via .


Tuition fee: 39,000 RMB/year

Contact Person:

Maggie SHEN/Jessica JIA

Office: +86-21-6598 3548 Fax: +86-21-6598 7790




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School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering (SPREE) Seminar Series 2013


photovoltaic-and-renewable-energy-engineering-school-office-4207In view of the great interest in last year’s SPREE  research seminars, we are excited to announce the first talk of this year’s series. The seminars, which will be presented by SPREE staff, students and visitors, will be held every 2nd and 4th Thurs of the month in room LG03 of the TETB from 12 – 1 pm. UNSW staff, students and interested members of the public are welcome to attend.

The opening seminar of the series will be presented by Assistant Professor Dr. Alistair Sproul this Thursday 14th March. The title of the seminar is Low carbon buildings – a pathway to lowering CO2 emissions.


Low carbon buildings are increasingly being proposed as a pathway towards reducing CO2 emissions.  Utilising greater levels of energy efficiency and distributed renewable energy such as rooftop photovoltaics or Building Integrated PV, low carbon buildings provide one of the quickest and lowest cost pathways for reducing CO2 emissions.  In this seminar Associate Professor Alistair Sproul will describe some of the research being undertaken with the Low Carbon Living CRC.  Assoc. Prof. Sproul jointly leads the “Integrated Building Systems” research program with the LCL CRC.  In this seminar he will describe some of the research being carried out in the area of energy efficient buildings and PV/T systems, including an update on the energy performance of the Tyree Energy Technology building.





Dr Alistair Sproul is an Associate Professor within the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering at UNSW.  He has worked in the area of photovoltaic and energy efficiency research and R&D since 1985 with various companies and research institutions.  His current research interests are in the area of PV/energy systems for low energy buildings and highly efficient water/air systems.  Associate Professor Sproul is a Program Leader (Integrated Building Systems) with the “Low Carbon Living” Cooperative Research Centre.



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“2013 International Students Conference on Environment and Sustainability,”





Background and Objective of the Conference: environment and sustainability is always a hotspot issue that attracts a lot of attention from the international society. Last year at the Rio+20 Conference, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), together with other UN agencies and many higher education institutes around the world, launched “Higher Education Sustainability Initiative” Declaration, aiming to integrate environment and sustainability into higher education with the “Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES)” as a strategic platform. University students, as future leaders and decision-makers of our society, should be engaged in different areas of environmental protection and sustainable development.
Supported by the UNEP and Tongji University, the “International Students Conference on Environment and Sustainability (ISCES)” had been successfully held in the last two years. Around 400 students from more than 40 countries took part in the conference, exchanged understanding and ideas on topics relevant to environment and sustainable development and issued “Global Youth Tongji Declaration.” These conferences made great contributions to the spread of concepts and practices of environment and sustainability among university students.

Topics and Main Activities of 2013 ISCES: the topic of 2013 ISCES will be “Food, Health and Sustainable Development.” Divided into five groups, university

students will be engaged in a series of activities, including lectures, group discussions, field trips and poster competitions. In this process, we aim to inform students of the concepts, practices, the recent developments and challenges on environment and sustainable development.

Host and organizer: the conference is co-hosted by Tongji University and the UNEP, and organized by UNEP-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development (IESD).

Participants: Full time university students (including undergraduate and post-graduate students).
Deadlines: the applicants should register online before April 15 (, fill in the resume form (in English) and upload their posters to the website above before April 30. We will announce the selected participants by May 5 and issue invitation letters afterwards.
We believe that the participation and contributions of students you recommend are significant to the success of our conference. No registration fee will be charged and we will cover the 5-night local accommodation, and transportation in Shanghai. Field trips will also be provided by the organizer. We will offer scholarships (round-trip flight tickets) to competitive participants. For more information, please check the official website of ISCES 2013: ,or contact:
Organizing Committee of 2013 International Student Conference on Environment and Sustainability.

Address: Rm.509, Mingjing Building, No. 1239, Siping Road, Shanghai, China, 200092
Tel: 86-21-65986949 Fax: 86-21-65987790

We are looking forward to your participation!

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