World-renowned speakers will be keynoting at an international, online conference in Perth on Friday 6th November, showcasing amazing examples of sustainable city design and reinvention from across Europe, including Copenhagen, Malmo, Ghent, and Ii in Finland.

These experts will explore how they developed traffic-free city centers, carbon neutral living, and energy security from city waste, alongside concepts such as the “15 Minute City” that argues that everything a person should need in an urban area is within a 15-minute walk or cycle.

Organized by the Perth City Leadership Forum – in conjunction with the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS) – the event is set to inspire a new vision for Perth, encouraging city leaders to develop a roadmap to become the most sustainable small city in Europe.

Perth has a quality of environment and landscape that few cities can match, making it one of the healthiest places in the country to live, work and grow up. And, being one of the smallest of the seven cities in Scotland, the organisers believe this event is a real opportunity to lead and showcase sustainable, scalable solutions, and become the envy of Europe.

Attending this online conference will be some of Perth’s biggest employers, local companies, local organisations and the Local Authority, together with international guests and national partners to advance this inspiring vision, and to help deliver the Perth City Plan.

Amongst the speakers signed up for the event are Bo Asmus Kjeldgaard, former mayor of Copenhagen responsible for the green transformation of the city; Professor Carlos Moreno of Sorbonne University Paris, who will introduce his pioneering concept of the 15-minute city; and Leena Vuotovesi and Sanna Toumela from Ii in Finland, who will tell the remarkable story of Europe’s greenest town, which is completely fossil fuel free.

Commenting on the conference, Mike Robinson, Chair of the Perth City Leadership Forum and Chief Executive of RSGS said:

“Perth is a beautiful place. It has a quality of environment and landscape that few cities in Europe can match: Kinnoull Hill, the River Tay, the two inches, it’s position at the heart of ‘Big Tree Country’, I could go on.

“But whilst this beautiful environment is evident, it is often, in my experience, taken for granted, and Perth itself is more widely misconstrued. People outside the city regularly refer to it as a quiet place; or have simply driven round it, only familiar with the Broxden Roundabout from their journeys along the A9.

“Perth is a wonderful city, but if we want it to remain a great place to live, work, and learn, we need to believe in it more and value what we have. And, we need to build on its abundant natural strengths, writ so deeply in Perth’s DNA, to create a city in the future we can all be proud of.

“If Scotland aspires to lead the world in its concern for the environment” he added, “then why can’t Perth lead Scotland in this endeavor?”

The conference will be hosted on Hopin, and Chaired by Mike Robinson. This platform offers all the elements of a face-to-face conference including keynote addresses from the main stage, panel discussions, workshops, networking sessions and digital expo booths.

The conference will be held in two parts, a month apart. The first part will be on Friday 6th November and the follow up on Friday 4th December 2020. The main activity on each day will run from 09.00 to 12.30 although the online event will remain live for two days to give delegates the opportunity to network.

To register, please visit the Perth City Leadership Forum’s new website:

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