March 14, 2017

Conference Chair’s message

On behalf of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) I am inviting you to participate in ASCE’s Conference on Urbanization Challenges in Emerging Economies and help these societies move towards resilient sustainable cities and infrastructure.

By the end of the last century the world transitioned from predominantly rural to equal rural-urban living. Many estimates predict that by year 2050 two thirds of the world’s population will live in cities due to rapidly increasing rural to urban migration. This rapid and unplanned migration is having most impact on metropolitan areas in emerging economies, and is threatening the quality of life for its residents. Infrastructure in these cities, a key ingredient in quality of life, is not keeping up with the growth of population.

Civil engineers throughout the world regularly face challenges in building infrastructure in our quest for sustainable solutions to quality of life issues. ASCE, a global leader in the area of sustainable practices in civil engineering infrastructure, is organizing this conference in New Delhi, a rapidly expanding metropolitan area, to facilitate policy, technical, and scientific discussions and exchanges on urbanization challenges in emerging economies. This conference of civil engineers, urban architects, policy makers, technology experts, and related professionals will provide a showcase for the latest developments and advancements in design, construction, technology, and policy related to sustainable infrastructure and offers a forum to discuss and debate future directions for emerging economies.

The conference will have participants from diverse economies, including from the west as well as from emerging economies, especially from south Asia. It will feature keynote addresses by prominent government and industry leaders in infrastructure development. Multiple concurrent tracks will enable participation in sessions covering diverse topics. Workshops and training sessions will also be conducted to provide opportunities for continuing professional education. Please submit an abstract if you are interested in being a presenter. In any case, we invite you to attend the conference to learn from and network with government and industry leaders and sustainable infrastructure practitioners from around the world.

Come and share your knowledge, insights, and experiences with your fellow professionals and decision makers on urbanization challenges and infrastructure sustainability for metropolitan areas in emerging economies. I look forward to seeing and interacting with you at the conference.