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ERC grantees to discuss ‘The Human City’ at Paris science museum

12 Jul 2016

Between 19 and 21 July, ERC grantees join geographers and urban planners in France to discuss and showcase smart ideas for making the cities of the future livable.

On 19 of July, Science Squared and Ecsite will kick-off a series of public dialogues at Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie in Paris. The event is part of an ERC=Science² campaign The Human City, and features the quest of European scientist to make our digitised mega-cities more liveable.

Two ERC grantees will showcase their smart ideas aimed at tackling the biggest challenges facing the cities of the future.

One of the grantees, Ludovic Leclercq, of the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Planning and Networks (IFSTAR), will discuss how city managers can reduce traffic congestion. Leclercq is building a citizen science simulation game, where volunteer users will be able to sign up and input their preferences for traffic routes. This information will be combined with existing traffic data to determine which journeys cause the most congestion in traffic systems.

Another researcher, Denise Pumain, of the Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, will talk about how she analyses and creates mathematical models of the geodiversity of urban agglomerations.

The last day of the event is reserved for a practical workshop, called Fab Lab, which focuses on the first theme of the ERC=Science² campaign: “The Human City” and features more of the ERC-funded research in this area.

The events are open to the public from 19 to 21 July, at Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, in Paris. For more details about the programme, please click here.

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