Date of release: Monday, January 25, 2016

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The University of Greenwich is proud to welcome Mark Ross on 23 February, as he presents his ideas on 'The Future of Cities'.

With a particular focus on Europe, this open public talk will look closely at how cities will expand from now until 2050. Mark will discuss the consequences this expansion will have for place managers, relevant trends affecting this development and how Smart Cities can play an important role in this process.

Mark is the Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) Programme Manager at the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM). The ATCM is dedicated to ensuring town and city centres reach their full potential and is the largest membership organisation of its kind in Europe. Mark works with over 70 BIDs in the UK and is a special advisor for the Government-initiated Town Team Support Programme. He has also advised government representatives from various nations, including Norway and Australia.

Mark Ross said: "I am delighted to be returning for a second year in a row to the University of Greenwich. The challenges facing our city centres will continue to change rapidly as technology advances at an ever increasing pace."

Dr Andres Coca-Stefaniak, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Greenwich and member of EDReC, said: "Recent forecasts by the United Nations predict that 70 per cent of us will live in towns and cities by 2050. Yet, the sustainability of urban development is increasingly reaching critical levels in a growing number of countries. The challenges ahead demand solutions where people from very different professional backgrounds will need to work together pooling their expertise, innovation and creativity. "

If this is a subject/area that interests you register for this free seminar by emailing your name and contact telephone number to Also include your position and company if you're not a student, along with a contact email address in case the event is cancelled.

Business School students will obtain GEP points (Greenwich Employability Passport) for attending this lecture but they will need to register in advance with the Employability Office.

Date of talk: 23 February 2016

Time: 17:00 hrs

Location: QA065, Queen Anne Building, Greenwich Campus, University of Greenwich, Park Row, Old Royal Naval College, London SE10 9LS