5/6/2020 - Deadline for POLIS Network Call for Speakers

5/6/2020 - Smart Cities and Mobility Forum date change

5/6/2020 - A Solo Space For All To See

5/6/2020 - Smart Little Citizens

4/6/2020 - WasteExpo moves to online format

4/6/2020 - Metropolis webinar | Commuting across metropolises

4/6/2020 - Insurance data to improve resilience to climate change

4/6/2020 - Let's renovate Europe

3/6/2020 - Launch of the European green cities awards

3/6/2020 - E²Tech4SmartCities 2020

3/6/2020 - EC announces COVID Recovery Plan

3/6/2020 - What Mayors Are Saying About the George Floyd Protests

2/6/2020 - Registrations for the next UIA and URBACT webconference are open

2/6/2020 - ECOMM 2020 now going ahead online

2/6/2020 - Fortress Charleston: Can a Wall Hold Back the Waters?

2/6/2020 - 3 ways to face the Covid-19 crisis



Deadline for POLIS Network Call for Speakers

Following a record-breaking conference in Brussels, which brought together over 600 participants in November 2019, the 2020 Polis Annual Conference will take place in Arnhem Nijmegen City Region, Netherlands, on 2-3 December 2020.

The transport sector is far from gender-balanced. Polis wants to make women in transport more visible and offer them a platform to share their work. We strongly encourage women in the transport sector to respond to our call for speakers in greater numbers!

Following numerous requests, we have decided to extend the deadline for abstract submissions. Please submit your abstract here by 8 June


Smart Cities and Mobility Forum date change

The annual SMART CITIES AND MOBILITY FORUM is already becoming the leading platform in SEE for new urban technology and the transformation of mobility and living. Now in its 3rd year, the event is a meetup of the policy, business and citizen sectors, where you can get up to date with and explore new trends, business models and policies in urban development and mobility technology.


A Solo Space For All To See

Social distancing. A blend of physical distancing and virtual organizing at a time of “pandemic peril” and “Google Urbanism” presided over by the World Health Organization and the happiness industry. In self-isolation as in lockdown, data collectors mine the coronavirus as well as the citizenry. What happens when digital surveillance becomes “good for you,” so to speak? When it’s good for your health, happiness, and well-being? Surveillance is more difficult to question and limit, but not impossible. Smile.


Smart Little Citizens

The city where kids are already programming at age 7

As a good Brazilian I am, I fully agree with those who say that Rio de Janeiro is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. But let's face it: the list is long! In this global cast of wonderful cities, there is certainly a place at the top for the beautiful, ancient, traditional, mystical, immense and chaotic: Istanbul!


WasteExpo moves to online format

We look forward to bringing the industry together through a digital experience worthy of the WasteExpo name,” said Mark Hickey, Waste360 Vice President. “We are reimagining WasteExpo digitally through WasteExpo Together Online to bring our audience together. The digital experience will take place August 10-14 and will offer timely content and a safe place to learn and do business online for personal connection, innovation discovery, product development and more. We will share additional information about the digital experience soon.


Metropolis webinar | Commuting across metropolises

The webinar "Commuting across metropolises" will bring together experts in mobility from different sectors to exchange their experience and point of view in the coordination of diverse stakeholders in order to deliver safe and affordable mobility that covers the needs of citizens living in vast metropolitan areas, leaving no one behind.

Organized on the occasion of the celebrations of the World Bicycle Day on June 3, this webinar will also be an opportunity to showcase, for the first time to the public, the two latest Metropolis publications, both focused on mobility: the Gender Keys 04 "Mobility and gender: How to build the right to the metropolis?", and the Issue Paper 10 "Rights and claims for metropolitan mobility"


Insurance data to improve resilience to climate change

New Covenant case study available!

Copyright RESCCUE ProjectThe Covenant city of Barcelona partnered with Cetaqua (Water Technology Centre) and 15 other institutions in the EU funded project RESCCUE to use insurance data in the development of a methodology that prioritises the adaptation measures to take and contributes to the updated version of the Barcelona Climate Plan.

The main focus of Barcelona in this project was the water sector, since water-related risks can have a significant impact on the correct functioning of the city’s urban services and its energy supply.


Let's renovate Europe

The Renovate Europe Campaign, in a joint action with 39 of its Partners, launched a proposal for the creation of a “Renovation Fund for All Europeans”.

Our call seeks to give a powerful suggestion for the current discussion within the European Commission around the preparation of a common EU Economic Recovery Plan post COVID-19, which, in our view, should ultimately ensure that energy renovation of the EU building stock plays a central role in getting the EU back on its feet.

As we believe that there is a real risk that COVID-19 could take the EU backwards to political fragmentation, economic stagnation and social breakdown, we chose to launch a common initiative that will bind Europeans and the European Union closer together, providing the impetus for renewed economic activity shaped by the principles of the European Green Deal while addressing the inequalities in our society in an inclusive manner.


Launch of the European green cities awards

The European Commission has launched the 2023 European Green Capital (EGCA 2023) and the 2022 European Green Leaf (EGLA 2022) Awards, recognising cities that are genuinely committed to becoming more sustainable. Winners will receive prizes worth €600,000 and €200,000 respectively, as well gain international visibility and acces to a network of previous finalist and winning cities.

To find out more and submit your candidacy, check out the green city awards' announcement press release and website. You have until 28 October 2020 to apply. Good luck!


E²Tech4SmartCities 2020

Energy Efficient & Sustainable Technologies for Smart Cities

Due to the current circumstances related to the COVID-19 virus this years edition will be organized on-line.

E²Tech4SmartCities is organized on Wednesday 24 June 2020 by Enterprise Europe Brussels, at the occasion of the EU Sustainable Energy Week - #EUSEW. The brokerage event is free of charge and it is dedicated to private companies, including SMEs and large companies, public authorities and municipalities, industry, associations willing to develop innovative technologies or research projects in different fields related to energy efficiency and sustainable technologies such as: smart cities, urban mobility, circular economy and nature based solutions for urban districts.


EC announces COVID Recovery Plan

The European Commission has put forward a proposal for a major recovery plan in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The budget proposal, announced on Wednesday 27 May, sets out a revamped long-term EU budget boosted by 'Next Generation EU', an emergency recovery instrument to help repair the economic and social damage from by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Next Generation EU will raise money by temporarily lifting the 'own resources ceiling' to 2% of EU Gross National Income, allowing the Commission to borrow €750 billion. This additional funding will be channelled through EU programmes and repaid over a long time period throughout future EU budgets.


What Mayors Are Saying About the George Floyd Protests

As demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd spread across the U.S., city leaders offered a range of responses to the unrest.

What did the weekend of terrifying civil unrest that has seized America’s cities look like from City Hall? For the mayors of major U.S. cities, what began as protests over police violence triggered by the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police on May 25 has intensified into something else — a national uprising that’s also a complex, fast-changing threat to public safety, driven by forces and actors not yet fully understood and threaded with the unseen menace of a still-active pandemic.


Registrations for the next UIA and URBACT webconference are open

As a part of a one-year learning activity on Cities engaging in the right to housing, Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) and URBACT are organising a webconference on the topic of housing exclusion on Friday 26 June at 10.00 (CET)


ECOMM 2020 now going ahead online

The Municipality of Cascais, together with EPOMM, proudly announces the ECOMM 2020 ONLINE! A unique event that will bring together the authors of the submitted papers to discuss the most pressing themes regarding mobility, with an additional focus on the future of mobility in the light of Covid-19.

On the webinar’s agenda are seven themed debates, that will be held online on four different days, from the 9th to the 30th of June 2020. Each session will last 90 minutes and has a panel composed by 1 moderator and 3 invited speakers, chosen by the ECOMM IPC.


Fortress Charleston: Can a Wall Hold Back the Waters?

The city has endorsed a $2 billion plan to wall off the historic downtown from rising seas and surging storms. It is the latest in a growing number of expensive seawalls and barriers being proposed to defend U.S. coastal cities.

For millions of visitors each year, Charleston, S.C., is a reminder of a bygone era, showcasing antebellum mansions, arty row houses, historic African-American churches, and sprawling views of the harbor from a Civil War-era promenade.

What those visitors don’t see is that Charleston is drowning in slow motion and soon will face an existential threat to its survival from rising seas and bigger, more powerful storms — this, even as development continues nearly unchecked.


3 ways to face the Covid-19 crisis

This week, we had the opportunity to talk to three experts, from three different cities, about how they are handling different challenges to help cities and communities during the Covid-19 pandemic.




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