The WCS Science of Cities Symposium convenes international researchers, city and industry leaders to share their scientific insights and methodologies on tackling urban challenges. This year, the Symposium spotlights research on the application of complexity science and data analytics in understanding cities, and the utilisation of a scientific, evidence-based approach towards sustainability and regenerative development in cities. These insights and methodologies will be presented and discussed through two panel discussions.

Thematic Panels

Held on 31 July 2022, the WCS Science of Cities Symposium will feature two panel sessions:

Panel 1: Complexity Science for Adaptive and Sustainable Cities

The world we inhabit is increasingly known as a VUCA world – a world confronted by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity – with interconnected challenges such as climate change, changing demographics, ageing population, changing local and global economic structures, among others. The unpredictability of a VUCA world makes planning for an adaptive, liveable and sustainable future challenging, due to the many possible yet uncertain factors and circumstances that could change its evolution. This growing complexity of improving our daily lives is due to the increasingly interconnected and emergent interactions, relations and flows, at the global, regional, national, town, neighbourhood and individual scales, between the city’s many different urban systems and people. An integrated systems approach that brings together the technical expertise of complexity science and the contextual expertise of cities will thus be needed to scientifically examine the interdependencies of urban systems and scales, which this theme will focus on.

This theme welcomes abstracts on the applications of complexity science thinking and/or methods in the urban domain, relating but not limited to, the understanding of integrated urban systems, analytics and data platforms for urban management, complexity and artificial intelligence in urban planning and design, etc. Proposals that consider urban adaptability, liveability and/or sustainability are preferred.

Panel 2: Science of Regenerative Cities

Cities are continuously evolving and growing in response to the population demands. Sustainability has been a goal for cities to ensure its ability to meet present-day needs without compromising future needs. However, tackling present-day demands and challenges require a paradigm shift in urban planning, design and lifestyles. It is no longer sufficient for cities to minimise environmental losses and repair damaged systems; instead, cities need to shift towards maximising ecological gains such as restoring ecosystems and moving towards building self-sustaining and regenerative cities that improve both human and planetary health. To facilitate regenerative urbanism, the many years of research on harnessing science, technologies and innovations for sustainable cities can be taken a step further, to develop a holistic understanding of planetary and human health, supported by an ecosystem of multi-stakeholders across urban domains, and enabled through scientific thinking and digital tools.

This theme welcomes abstracts that are concerned with the physical, economic and social regeneration of urban spaces and communities, where systematic and scientific analysis was used to understand how to enhance the human-nature symbiosis and/or establish a concerted multi-stakeholder governance model.

Call for Abstracts

CLC welcomes researchers to submit abstracts that suit the focus of either/both of the above-mentioned panel sessions. Researchers are required to submit their abstracts using the template provided below. A checklist is also attached, for researchers’ reference to ensure that the required details are in order.

Template for Abstracts  Abstract Submission Checklist
DOC: 33 KB; PDF: 127 KB

Abstracts shall be submitted via this form. The deadline for submission is 25 March 2022 (GMT +0) (Extended to 8 April).

Important Dates to Note



Submission Deadline for Proposals 

25 March 2022
(Extended to 8 April)

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection

29 April 2022

Deadline for Speakers’ Acceptance

13 May 2022

Submission Deadline for Presentation Materials 

30 June 2022

WCS Science of Cities Symposium

31 July 2022

Programme & Presentation Format

The tentative programe is as follows. It will be updated, so please check this webpage regularly.

WCS Science of Cities Symposium
31 July 2022, Sunday, Singapore



10 mins

Registration & Opening Remarks

1h 50 mins

Panel 1: Complexity Science for Adaptive and Sustainable Cities 

  • Keynote address by two speakers [15 mins each; total 30 mins]
  • Presentation of 4 papers (by 4 academics)  [15 mins each; total 60 mins]
  • Panel discussion (moderated) [20 mins]

30 mins

Networking tea break

1h 50 mins

Panel 2: Science of Regenerative Cities

  • Keynote address  by two speakers [15 mins each; total 30 mins]
  • Presentation of 4 papers (by 4 academics)  [15 mins each; total 60 mins]
  • Panel discussion (moderated) [20 mins]

The submitted abstracts will be reviewed. Selected abstracts will be featured via oral format at the panel sessions or poster format at the on-site and/or virtual poster exhibition area.

  • For the oral format, each panel session will feature four selected projects. Researchers of the selected abstracts shall prepare for a 15-minutes presentation of the project and a moderated panel discussion for the WCS Science of Cities Symposium. The researcher will have to attend the symposium in-person.
  • For the poster format, researchers of the selected abstracts shall prepare an A0 digital poster for display at the on-site and/or virtual poster exhibition. The researcher will be encouraged to attend the symposium in-person.

Researchers will also have the opportunity to feature the selected project as a paper in a newly established international journal on smart and sustainable cities, led by World Scientific Publishing Company and CLC.


The indicative ticket cost is SGD1,250. Speakers will receive a 60% discount off the original price while early bird registrants will receive a 40% discount. In addition to the WCS Science of Cities Symposium, the ticket will also offer access to the WCS sessions, co-located events, lunch receptions and networking opportunities with WCS attendees such as academic researchers, urban practitioners, industry experts, etc. Please refer to the WCS website for the full WCS programme.

Do indicate your interest in the event via this registration form.

Contact Us

Should you have any queries, please reach out to Ms Tan Yi Xuan (tan_yi_xuan@mnd.gov.sg), Ms Claudia Tan (claudia_tan_from.tp@mnd.gov.sg) or Ms Teo Zhiyi (zhiyi_teo_from.tp@mnd.gov.sg).