The University of Nottingham and De La Salle University invite researchers in relevant disciplines to apply for participation in a workshop on “Process Systems Engineering Approaches for the Provision of Supplies and Utilities for Sustainable Cities.” This workshop is supported by the British Council via the Newton Fund.


Workshop Rationale

Many countries in the developing world, including the Philippines, are undergoing rapid and potentially unsustainable urbanization. This trend is the result of both inbound migration from impoverished rural areas as well as gradual encroachment of urban areas into nearby territories. In the case of the Philippines, for example, the National Capital Region (i.e., NCR, comprised of Manila and its environs) has grown into a megacity of close to 20 million people. Such a population is sustained by inputs of food, energy, water drawn from outside the NCR itself, resulting in an environmental footprint that far exceeds the land area of this major urban center. 

A similar pattern also occurs for many large cities elsewhere in the world. Process systems engineering (PSE) techniques have been used in the past decades for optimal planning and design of industrial systems. PSE involves the development and use of various computational techniques to make industrial operations more efficient, economically viable and environmentally sustainable. More recently, extensions of PSE to non-conventional applications have appeared in the literature. The proposed workshop is intended to stimulate discussion into the development and utilization of PSE techniques for the planning of sustainable urban systems, focusing specifically on the provision of sustainable supply of food, water and energy to large cities. The workshop will also be used to identify opportunities for collaborative research and field-testing of new PSE concepts.


Workshop COSTS

Organisers will cover all costs related to the participation in the workshop, including: travel (both international and local), accommodation and meals. 

Note: Although this cost will not be covered by the organisers, participants are encouraged to obtain adequate travel and medical insurance.  


Venue and Date 

The workshop will be held on January 24-29, 2016 in Metro Manila in the Philippines.  Specific venue will be announced at a later date.


eligibility and participation

Early career researchers, defined as late-stage Ph.D. students, or researchers who received their PhD not more than 10 years prior to the workshop, are eligible to apply.  15-20 researchers from the UK and 15-20 researchers from the Philippines will be selected from the pool of applicants.  

Applications must be submitted before November 8, 2015 via the online registration portal in the link below the page.

Participants may come from any field but must be able to demonstrate their motivation and potential for contribution to the workshop outputs.

In cooperation with others, workshop participants will be expected to draft one or more capsule proposals for development into a full proposal for submission to funding agencies after the workshop.



For the De La Salle Food Institute, please contact Luis F. Razon, PhD, NDirector, De La Salle Food 

For the University of Nottingham, please contact Professor Michèle Clarke, Assistant Pro Vice Chancellor (International) Asia, Professor of Environmental Change:

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