PASCAL Learning Cities Network Pre-Conference

Thursday, 2nd June 2016
9:30am - 5pm
Sir Alwyn Williams Building - Level 5, Lilybank Gardens, Glasgow, UK G12 8QN

This event is being held for members of PASCAL’s Learning Cities Network as a prelude to the 13th annual PASCAL conference.

It will allow cities within the network to share their progress, and for the five networks of LCN to meet. It is hosted by the PASCAL Observatory in collaboration with the Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC), a major investment of the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Part of the work of UBDC has been Integrated Multimedia City Data (iMCD) project, which has direct implications for learning cities.

We are delighted that the following cities/regions/communities are represented: Acireale, Arbroath, Australian Learning Communities Network, Beijing, Bristol, Cork, Dohuk, Espoo, Essen/Changzhou, Erbil, Glasgow, Karlsstad, Modi’in, Pecs, Peshawar, Swansea and Taipei.

Please note: Attendance for this event is by invitation only. If you are interested in attending, please email


09:00-09:30 Registration and coffee

09:30-10:00 Welcome - Professor Trevor Gale, Head of School of Education, University of Glasgow Professor Michael Osborne, PASCAL Director for Europe

10:00-11:00 Keynote - The Future of Learning Cities, followed by discussion Peter Kearns, Director of PASCAL Learning City Network (LCN)

11:00-12:30 LCN City/Region Breakout Sessions - 5 parallel groups each with postgraduate notetakers) followed by feedback and discussion

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:00 An overview of the Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC) - Professor Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah, Director of the Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC)

14:00-14:30 The Integrated Multmedia City Data (iMCD) project and related datasets Dr Mark Livingston, Research Fellow, UBDC

14:30-15:00 Hospitality Break

15:00-16:00 Implications of iMCD data for Education and Learning cities - Dr Catherine Lido (UBDC/School of Education & Dr Muir Houston (School of Education)

16:00-16:30 Benchmarking Learning cities- John Tibbitt, Deputy Chair (Policy) PASCAL Observatory

16:30-17:00 Wine Reception (with members of the PASCAL Board)