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4th Annual Smart and Healthy Cities Forum: Cities under Climate Threat

Cities under Climate Threat. 

Understanding the Impact of Climate Change: Policies, Urban Design, Economics, Environment and Population Health

Panel I: Thursday, October 20, 2022, 12PM-2:00PM

Panel II: Friday, October 21, 2022, 12PM – 2:00PM

Location: ZOOM

The institute of Smart and Healthy Cities at Thomas Jefferson and the Università Iuav di Venezia, Italy and AARP PA present the joint Symposium Smart and Healthy Cities 2022, Cities under Climate Threat”. The Symposium will focus on the interrelationship between climate change and urbanization, technological innovation, demographic trends, and population health. It will look at how cities can better prepare for future global crises. The Symposium will be attended by academics, scientists, entrepreneurs, and leaders in architecture, engineering, population health, and city government. 

The American Association of Retired People AARP PA supports this Symposium. 


Panel I: Thursday, October 20, 2022, 12PM-2:00PM

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Understand the impact of climate change on cities: Policies, Economics, Big Data, Environment, and Population.

Opening remarks: Barbara Klinkhammer, Dean College of Architecture and the Build Environment, Thomas Jefferson University

Speaker 1: Dr. Stephan Al, Professor Virginia Tech and Columbia University: "Adapting Cities to Sea Level Rise: Multi-functional Flood Management Solutions for Costal Cities"

Speaker 2: Yocasta Lora, AARP American Association of Retired People: “The Effects of Climate Change on Senior Citizens.”

Speaker 3: Dr. Kathleen Miller, Research Applications Program, National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder:” The economic and social impacts of climate change”

Speaker 4: Vittore Negretto, PhD, Università Iuav di Venezia, Dipartimento di Culture del Progetto: “Resilience Systems in Urban Design and Planning”

Speaker 5: Dario Trabucco, PhD, Associate Professor in Building Technology, IUAV: “Tall Buildings: Is Site Specificity and Adaptation to Local Climate Enough?”


Dr. Francesco Musco, Professor of Urban Planning - Deputy Director for Research at Università Iuav di Venezia

Dr. Edgar Stach, Director, Institute of Smart and Healthy Cities, Thomas Jefferson University


Panel II: October 21, 2022, 12PM – 2:00PM

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Drivers for change - mediate the effects of climate change: Population Health, Technological Innovation, Making Buildings, Entrepreneurs

Opening remarks: 

Ignazio R. Marino, MD. Professor of Surgery, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, TJU, Executive Vice President for International Innovative Strategic Ventures, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health

Executive Director, Jefferson Italy Center, Former Mayor of Rome 

Speaker 1: Francesco Musco, PhD Professor of Urban Planning, IUAV: “Planning Climate Resilient Cities, a European Viewpoint”

Speaker 2: Dr. Steffen Lehmann, Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Nevada: ”The next-generation City”

Speaker 3: Luke Leung, Principal SOM: "Post Carbon and Pandemic World”

Speaker 4: Dr. Leah Schinasi, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health: "The Nexus of Climate Change and Environmental Health Justice"

Speaker 5: Mattia Bertin, Università Iuav di Venezia, Dipartimento di Culture del Progetto: "When the Unexpected Becomes Frequent"


Katie DiSantis, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, College of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University

Carlo Federico dall'Omo, Università Iuav di Venezia, Dipartimento di Culture del Progetto: “Mediterranean Cities at the Age of Climate Change. The Role of Climate Adaptation Planning.”

Sponsor / co-host

Yocasta Lora, American Association of Retired People AARP Pennsylvania


Ignazio Marino - 4th Annual Smart and Healthy Cities Forum: Cities under Climate Threat