On October 10th, 2017 the meeting with the representatives of the City of Hobart (Tasmania, Australia) has taken place in the Rectorate of the University of Silesia. The meeting was organized in the frame of World Cities project in which Katowice participates.
The World City project assumes organizing meetings of the representatives of cities around the globe – to establish relations, boost the exchange of information and good practices in regional and urban development.
The meeting in Katowice focused on the impact of climate changes and ecology awareness on the metropolitan area, as well as on start-ups and innovations, metropolitan management and even cultural activities. Thus, the event made an opportunity to emphasize the role of the University both in the city and in the region, as well as to highlight the importance of the relations between the university’s authorities and city government.
The meeting also exposed the role of the universities in adapting the urban tissue to the needs of the society, and even the importance of raising global issues and considering their impact on the society, such as climate changes and human impact on the natural environment
The representatives of the City of Hobart were: Mr. Jeff Briscoe, Ms. Katrina Graham, Mr. Neil David Noye, Mr. Peter Lawrence Carr, Mr. Andrew Francis John Legg and Mr. Raul Daussa.
The University of Silesia was represented by Prof. Tomasz Pietrzykowski – Vice-Rector for Domestic and International Cooperation, Prof Jacek Jania – Head of the Chair of Geomorphology, the initiator of establishing of Centre for Polar Studies, representatives of the Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection: Prof. Piotr Świątek – Vice-Dean for Science and International Cooperation, Prof. Piotr Skubała and Prof. Gabriela Woźniak, as well as the representatives of the Observatory of Urban and Metropolitan Processes of the University of Silesia: Prof. Robert Pyka – Vice-Director of the Institute of Sociology, and Ms. Zuzanna Neuve‐Eglise. The University of Silesia was also represented by the Department of International Relations: Joanna Laskowska - Head of the International Students Admissions Office, and Giga Gogosashvili.
Photos by: Press Office of the University of Silesia