2016 Congress Announcement

We are thrilled to announce that the 51st SCUPAD Congress will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Tentative Congress Program

Cities beyond tools:

Re-imagining cities to confront poverty and climate change

Congress Moderators: Stephen Goldsmith (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA) assisted by Zegeye Cherenet (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

Thursday, May 12, 2016
Afternoon Arrival and check-in  
17:00 – 18:00
Registration and Welcome
in EiABC
Petra Hirschler
SCUPAD treasurer
18:00 – 19:30 Congress Plenum

in EiABC Pavillion

  Opening the Congress 2016
Introduction of Participants


Welcome speech


Stephen Goldsmith
SCUPAD President


Joachim Dieter

Scientific Director, EiABC-AAU

  Opening Keynote Presentation:
Addis Ababa – a transitional city the rural – urban
Wubshet Birhanu (PhD)
Former city manager of Addis Ababa, Self-help Africa (NGO) Country director
  Discussion Plenum
20:00 Dinner  Gion
Friday, May 13, 2016
09:30 Congress Plenum  
  Keynote Speech (I)
re-imagining cities, learning from the informal mechanism of city production:


Keynote Speech (II)

A city: what is it for us (local perspectives on the understanding of cities)


Discussion on presentations


Roberto Rococo (PhD)

TU Delft, Netherlands



Fasil Giorgis

Associate Professor, EiABC – AAU, Ethiopia

11:00 – 11:30 Break  Refreshments (EiABC)
11:30 – 13:00 Congress Plenum  
  The First Wave Climate change and environmental rehabilitation
  Film as Muse #1 Movie showing the underworld: orders of nature/learning from nature (Stephen and Isabel to select)
  Presentation I Gisela Wachinger
  Presentation II Dirk Donath
  Discussion on presentations All
13:00-14:00 Lunch  EiABC
14:00-15:30  Congress Plenum  
  The Second Wave Food and income security
  Film as Muse #2a Short film on food in the city and production in the city (Stephen and Isabel will select)
  Presentation I Lauren Brown

Fulbright Fellow, USA

  Presentation II Zegeye Cherenet
  Discussion on presentations  
15:30 – 16:00 Break  EiABC
16:00 – 17:30 Congress Plenum  
  The Third wave Governance structure
  Presentation I Petra Hirchler
  Presentation II Michael Shiferaw & Lealem Admase
  Discussion on papers  
19:00 Dinner Gion Hotel
Saturday, May 14, 2016
10:00 Congress Plenum  
  Workshops Moderators
  Group I

Core concepts in re-imagining Cities for environmental rehabilitation

Satwik Mudgal
  Group II

Core concepts in re-imagining Cities for food and income securities

Andreas Schulze Bäing
  Group III

Core concepts in re-imagining cities for good governance

Roberto Rocco
12:30-14:00 Lunch  EiABC
14:00 – 17:00 City Tour/Jane Jacobs Walk City tour (museums and key sites in the city), followed by Jane Jacobs Walk
19:00 SCUPAD Dinner Traditional Ethiopian Restaurant
Sunday, May 15, 2016
09:30 – 11:00 Presentation and discussion on workshop results  Group representatives
11:00 – 11:30 Concluding comments and close of Congress  
12:00 – 13:00 SCUPAD General Assembly  


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2 thoughts on “2016 Congress Announcement

  1. Is there anything organized to get to the place? Is there a chance to joyn people in travelling together from some part of Europe?
    Frankly, is seems as jumping alone into the unknown.

    Best regards,
    lina marsoni

    1. Hi Lina,
      many participants will fly via Istanbul or Dubai, but there are also direct flights to Addis from Frankfurt or London. Depending on the flight arrival times, many participants will arrive on Thursday 12th May or possibly a day before 11th May. We can ask sooner before the congress which flight participants are taking to try to link up people on the same flight. The hotel is about 5km from the airport, accessible via taxi.


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