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18 August 2008 PR 08/124

Abstracts invited for sustainable urban development conference

Abstracts are invited for the Second International Conference on Whole Life Urban Sustainability and its Assessment, being held at Loughborough University in April 2009.

The conference is organised by the SUE-MOT consortium, which comprises of Loughborough, Dundee, Glasgow Caledonian, and St Andrews Universities. The SUE-MOT project was launched in 2003 to encourage more sustainable urban development; compare alternative strategies taking account of economic, environmental and social factors through the whole life of a project or urban development; and to provide tools which enable the evaluation of economic, environmental and social issues for decision makers at every stage of the development process.

The submission of abstracts for the conference is now invited covering any of the following themes:

Urban planning and design for sustainability
Sustainable buildings: design, performance and assessment
Quality of life in the urban environment
Stakeholder participation
Urban sustainability and the move to low carbon developments
Measures, assessment theory, complexity and uncertainty

Submissions can be made online via the SUE-MOT website –
. The deadline for submissions is 15 September.


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Notes for editors:

  1. For further information about the SUE-MOT project visit: http://sue-mot.org

  2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national league tables. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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