Re ECF Project: 2009-28

Project Title: The Sixteenth Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference 2010

Applicant: Dr. Clement P. DUMONT of The University of Hong KongProf. Richard WELFORD of The University of Hong Kong

Total Approved Grant: $300,000

Duration: 30/3/2010 to 30/6/2010

Project Status/Remarks: Completed

Scope: The project aims to bring together local and international academics, government officials, practitioners, NGO representatives, businesses and students in the fields of sustainable development to exchange updated research findings and practical solutions concerning issues of sustainable cities, environmental policies, climate change and industrial ecology.

Summary of the Findings/Outcomes:
The 16th Annual International sustainable Development Research Conference 2010 had provided the opportunity for 228 delegates from 47 difference countries to establish connections with the common aspect of specializing in the field of sustainable development and the environment. This conference allowed the opportunity for delegates to present their updated research findings concerning sustainability and to engage in comments from fellow scholars. It is believed that these academic debates and discussions would further the development of both theories and practices of sustainable development.

One of the most significant achievements in relation to the ECF funding support is that we have been fortunate to receive this funding, and the fact that we were able to invite 22 delegates from developing countries to attend this conference, despite being limited in time. We have also managed to gather 260 attendees, from 47 different countries. Participants ranged from PhD students, to professors and professionals, as well as government officials and experts in related fields of research. In detail, there were 219 papers that were scheduled for presentation, divided into 64 parallel sessions.

This conference had also provided the opportunity for delegates to present their work during parallel sessions that were assigned. Q & A sessions at the end of each presentation in parallel sessions were useful for author involve, as it provided useful feedback towards their research and findings.