19/3/2019 - Climate Change Adaptation and Urban Resilience
13/3/2019 - Register now! BuyZET Final event
12/3/2019 - Register for the Open Mobility Conference 2019
11/3/2019 - International Urban Freight Conference confirmed
8/3/2019 - V European Metropolitan Authorities Event
7/3/2019 - Empowering neighborhoods for climate action
6/3/2019 - Conference: Climate change and urban areas
5/3/2019 - VELO-CITY 2019 - Cycling for the ages
1/3/2019 - Lisbon to host the next European edition of Velo-city 2021
Join the annual European Urban Resilience Forum (former Open European Day), taking place on 25th June 2019 in Bonn, Germany.
Become part of the unique exchange platform, where practitioners and policy makers from cities and regions of all sizes, representatives from national governments and European institutions, researchers, consultants, and financing institutions come together to discuss strategies and actions for adapting to climate change and building urban resilience.
City representatives are warmly invited to take part in the Urban Academy on the Integration of Migrants and Refugees, which will take place in Antwerp on 21-22 May 2019.
As already pre-announced in December 2018, we regret to confirm that due to the latest Brexit developments and the uncertainty deriving from it, the ECOMM 2019 was finally cancelled by the local organisers in Edinburgh.
Due to the very short handling time, we could not find an alternative venue and ensure a high-quality conference in 2019. Thus, we decided to focus on ECOMM 2020, that will take place in Cascais/Portugal. We very much appreciate the Portuguese invitation, as after so many ECOMMs in Northern European countries it is time to visit the South of Europe again.
On June 24-25th the City of Amsterdam are hosting IMPACT>MOBILITY, a brand-new type of conference connecting Europe’s leading decision makers across cities, automakers, public transport authorities, mobility service platforms and investors to create partnerships and financial models for the new smart mobility landscape (https://events.impactconf.com/cities/)
European cities are undergoing a revolution in urban mobility. The mass outlawing of ICE vehicles in a collective objective to meet ambitious zero-emission targets has presented opportunities for a new-breed of mobility services providers, each of whom are battling to satisfy the needs of the on-demand customer.
Backed by billions of dollars in investment, we are on the cusp of a lucrative mobility marketplace where data is king. Yet, despite the hype, the investment and the landscape changing potential, there is a very real and uneasy truth; a fully defined ecosystem and commercial strategy between public and private parties has yet to emerge.
Join us at the 55th ISOCARP World Planning Congress - Beyond the Metropolis in Jakarta to discuss opportunities and challenges that megacities and their hinterlands are facing globally.
Deadline for abstracts will close on the 17th of March.
The 8th European Summit of Regions and Cities in Bucharest will start soon.
Watch the sessions live on this website and join the debate on the future of Europe and on the role of regional and local leaders via #EUlocal!
BuyZET aims to achieve zero emission deliveries through smart procurement. The final event take place on 7 May 2019 in Brussels.
In CIVITAS BuyZET, three cities (Copenhagen, Rotterdam and Oslo) are testing new smart procurement approaches to influence the transportation footprint of purchased services, goods and vehicles.
These are concrete actions needed to achieve CO2-free city logistics by 2030, one of the main objectives of the European Commission Transport White Paper of 2011.
This Congress is organized by Ajuntament de Barcelona, with the collaboration of Ajuntament de l’Hospitalet, Generalitat de Catalunya and Diputació de Barcelona. The forum will be a place where experts from different sport-related and/or municipal spheres can engage in debate to share common concerns, visions, solutions and perspectives that enable municipal councils to define areas of action to get the most from the benefits of physical activity and sport, cutting any potential negative effects to a minimum.
Universities around the world, with the US leading the way, are taking notice of smart city developments and applying many of the same solutions. University campuses are ideal for this, as, in effect, they are mini metropolises of their own, with their own shops, roads, transport, residences, banks, and tens of thousands of visitors every day.
Telefónica and Seat have joined forces as part of a consortium to demonstrate connected car and 5G assisted driving during Mobile World Congress (MWC 2019) in Barcelona next week.
The companies have entered a collaboration agreement with Mobile World Capital Barcelona, Ficosa, Etra, i2Cat, CTTC and UPC, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies for the project whose main objective is increasing road safety.
It is also framed within the ‘5G Barcelona’ initiative, aimed at consolidating the city as the reference 5G hub in Europe.
The MaaS Alliance and TravelSpirit Foundation are delighted to announce the Open Mobility Conference 2019!
This new event will examine how to build an open ecosystem of mobility and lay the foundations for seamless Mobility as a Service (MaaS)
How can we create new mobility services that can be easily deployed, scaled and integrated seamlessly with existing provision and other new mobility services?
What does an open ecosystem and Internet of Mobility look like and what opportunities does it create and why is openness so important?
These are the questions on the table at the Open Mobility Conference 2019. This one day conference, in Brussels on 11th April, will bring together innovators and disruptive thinkers, transport authorities and mobility operators, technology providers and platform developers in a unique co-creative environment to begin to answer these questions.
The Urban Mobility Summit Call for Speakers is now in full-swing with a number of top-notch mobility business leaders, innovators and experts applying everyday! If you have a big-picture mobility vision you think is spotlight worthy, then we want to hear from you. Don't delay and apply today!
The recent WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety revealed shocking numbers behind the global epidemic of road deaths — up to 1.35 million in 2016. Its release confirmed that vulnerable users like pedestrians and cyclists make up more than 26% of global road deaths, and that low-income neighborhoods are among the hardest hit by this crisis.
Even as this public health emergency continues to unfold, we design our streets to be wider, straighter, and faster, erasing our everyday experience at street level. Level of service is prioritized as the metric of success for our streets, and as a result, we lose sight of the human connection to these vital public spaces. In focusing on the flow of traffic, it is easy to forget that our streets are where everyday life happens and our streets are dehumanized. As a result of this thinking, progress on road safety is flagging in developing countries, as well as southern states of the U.S., where road deaths continue to mount, year after year.
A new study, conducted in a rapidly developing city in China, discovered that urbanization increases the proportion of disease-causing bacteria in the air and the overall amount of airborne microbes. Airborne microbe risk to human health increases with urbanization, especially during the summer.
Welcome to the 2019 International Urban Freight Conference. I-NUF was established in 2006 and is held every two years. Organized by the METRANS Transportation Center, the purpose of I-NUF is to provide a forum for multidisciplinary research on all aspects of urban freight. It draws participants from around the world representing the research community, the private sector, and government.
Following the first TUMI Network webinar on improving walkability in African cities in January 2019, this second webinar will explore walking and cycling culture in African cities as part of a series of webinars on topics of relevance to the mobility challenges and opportunities of African cities.
To state the obvious: we are living in polarized times.
The conversations around whether climate change is real, caused by humans, and how best to tackle it are as polarized in the United States as topics like tax cuts, abortion, and healthcare. I cannot profess to understand all the causes that led to climate change becoming a political conversation shrouded in theology in which people “believe” or “do not believe” whether the greenhouse effect exists, rather than its rightful place in being a scientific conversation. I will admit that I am in the camp that believes the 98%+ of peer-reviewed scientists who say that two hundred years of unchecked spewing of anthropogenic carbon has resulted in incomprehensible changes to our climate that cannot be explained by non-human ‘natural’ cycles. Many of my friends and colleagues are in the same camp.
During the partial federal shutdown in December 2018 and January 2019, news reports showed furloughed government workers standing in line for donated meals. These images were reminders that for an estimated one out of eight Americans, food insecurity is a near-term risk.
In California, where I teach, 80 percent of the population lives in cities. Feeding the cities of the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, with a total population of some 7 million, involves importing 2.5 to 3 million tons of food per day over an average distance of 500 to 1,000 miles.
EMA is an initiative promoted by the Barcelona Metropolitan Area and creates spaces for political debate among European metropolitan authorities aimed at sharing experiences, fostering joint projects as well as positioning themselves and defending their interests in front of the European Union and states. Its previous editions took place in Barcelona (2015), Torino (2016), Warsaw (2017) and Rome (2018). EMA’s 5th edition will take place in the metropolis of Grand Lyon, seizing the occasion of the 2nd International Social Housing Festival.
EUROCITIES, in cooperation with the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, is launching a series of webinars on a variety of food related topics.
The indicative calendar and list of themes can be found below.
The series willkick off on 20 March at 10.00 am (CET) on the topic of Food Governance.
We will hear from Morgane Scouarnec from the Bordeaux Metropole about their Metropolitan Food Policy Council and from Katrien Verbeke on the co-creative governance experience of the food council in Ghent.
The presentations will be followed by a time for questions and answers.
The rapid growth of cities around the world poses a variety of challenges. One of these is the additional space needed to store cars. Improved parking technologies, such as robotic parking, can provide an answer. Such solutions are already being implemented.
The information age has transformed society in the last three decades thanks to the rapid adoption of innovative technology. While the economy in aggregate has benefited from this technological and social change, its unintended consequences have made cities more fragile. Much like cracks making a windshield more fragile, urban fragility comes about when government and individuals fracture or break social compacts. When individuals or governments ignore social compacts, it weakens society and makes cities more prone to failure when natural (or manmade) disasters inevitably strike. The examples of the municipal broadband program Wireless Philadelphia and homelessness in San Francisco both illustrate how cities can become fragile when these compacts are ignored.
Two day joint conference on neighbourhood approaches towards local climate action
For successful implementation of climate mitigation and adaptation strategies, it is fundamental to involve neighbourhoods and their residents. Changing perspectives from top-down to bottom-up and meeting residents eye-to-eye is key to create sustainable, long term results.
As AI (Artificial Intelligence) becomes ubiquitous, it transforms many aspects of the environment we live in. In cities, AI is opening up a new era of an endlessly reconfigurable environment. Empowered by robust computers and elegant algorithms that can handle massive data sets, cities can make more informed decisions and create feedback loops between humans and the urban environment. It is what we call the raise of UI (urban intelligence).
Smart city expert Ali Vasallo Belver shares the lesson learnt from an innovative integrated retrofitting strategy across Europe
As awareness grows about the need to live more sustainably, policy action towards "greening" our towns and cities is also more intense. Buildings for example consume up to 40% of all the energy used in the EU, so a lot is at stake. However, energy efficiency measures need to be integrated into "the bigger picture" of the urban environment, which includes ICT, mobility, citizen engagement and governance.
How do we create the urban environment of the 21st century – sustainable, liveable, inclusive? What strategies do we need to develop neighbourhoods – both existing and newly built – that contribute to climate goals and the energy transition while providing high and affordable quality of living for its inhabitants? Joining forces with SET Plan Action 3.2 on Smart Cities, JPI Urban Europe coordinates the “PED Programme”, a transnational, intergovernmental initiative for large-scale implementation of Positive Energy Districts and Neighbourhoods for sustainable urbanization.
The European urban context faces new issues related to Climate change such as record-breaking heatwaves, pollution peaks, waste management, etc. A number of solutions to fight against climate change and mitigate it in the best conditions are thought out locally, at municipal level. Issues and presentation of local solutions are the subject of this conference. From the integration of Nature-based solutions to Zero waste initiatives, or the end of car in town centres…What are the concrete schemes to make cities and urban areas more sustainable? How to ensure tomorrow’s climate stabilisation? What are the levers at metropolitan scale? How does Europe support cities to face these major issues in the best conditions?
With 85 sessions, over 30 field trips, more than 200 Speakers, and a bunch of cool side events, there's a lot waiting for you!
ManyWays, a smart mobility platform, launched in Brussels in February. The dashboard displays real-time mobility data sourced from numerous technical platforms in an interactive map.
ManyWays is a Smart Mobility Belgium project that fetches mobility data from numerous technical platforms. The data streams are boiled, blended, aggregated, mixed, molded and displayed in an interactive map and a real-time dashboard. Mobility information is brought to life, showing the many ways to move around a city.
"Open mobility data is a much frequented buzz word, but with this dashboard we succeed for the first time in visualizing information in a clear and accessible way. Air quality measurements, the number of cyclists, cars and trains, .. all can be observed, in real-time. Through the dashboard, citizens are informed on mobility in Brussels and experts can correlate data, like the relationship between air quality and car traffic", said Pascal Smet, Brussels minister of Mobility and Public Works.
Facing severe pollution from over-reliance on cars, Thessaloniki (GR) committed to promoting cycling proactively, and, through the URBACT RESILIENT EUROPE network, drew up its first-ever strategy framework to increase cycling in the city.
As Greece’s second largest city, Thessaloniki has experienced a concentration of the challenges facing the country: a financial crisis reducing service resources; severe air pollution from a dependence on cars; poorly maintained mobility infrastructure; and a climate of mistrust between civil society and local government.
Dublin City Council will host the Velo-City 2019 international cycling conference in Dublin, Ireland from the 25th to the 28th June 2019.
The Velo-City conference is the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) annual global cycling summit organised by the ECF and selected host cities. The Velo-City conference is the world’s largest conference in the area of cycling, cycling infrastructure, bicycle innovations, bicycle safety, and the social and cultural changes driven by cycling on a global scale.
Join this webinar to learn about the importance of data-driven policy-making and program development and the impact of social, environmental, and economic factors on health and sustainability challenges facing local communities. Featuring: Shoshanna Levine, DrPH, of New York University School of Medicine; Joshua Franzel, PhD, of the International City/County Management Association and the Center for State and Local Government Excellence; and Becky Jo Glover of the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
A UK council housing estate with a high density of fuel poverty has benefited from an energy makeover which bundles technology, aesthetics and a novel approach to public procurement.
Brussels Capital Region is currently working on the installation of its Low-Emission Zone and is consulting fellow European cities and regions to better understand the solutions to achieve a "zero-emission" city. The Polis Working Group meeting on 27 February in Brussels has been organised by Polis in cooperation with Brussels Environment and the TRUE initiative.
A Global Conversation and Celebration of Wellbeing in Cities
Currently cities are home to more than half of the global population, and in another 30 years predictions are that 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. Cities need to take an active role in the continuous improvements of citizen wellbeing.One of the best ways of sparking this movement is to bring together all urban players – public, private and non-profit audiences, and look at and consider exemplar wellbeing programs and policies from around the world.
Smart Cities & Buildings (SCB) Asia offers one of the biggest platform in Asia for the Built Environment community to congregate, network and exchange ideas
Smart Cities & Buildings (SCB) Asia is the region’s unique marketplace that focuses on building Smart, a digital convergence of solutions and technology into the built environment value chain, creating a technologically advanced livable city.
The event showcases the latest innovations in smart facility management, security & surveillance, smart construction, Internet of Things and smart city adoption.
The inaugural SCB 2019 will see a total of 100+ exhibiting companies, for the entire built environment community.
The Independent School for the City is a brand new interdisciplinary educational programme of one-year, for postgraduate students from all over the world with a background in urban studies such as design, planning, sociology, history et cetera. It will have its epicentre in the heart of Rotterdam, in the development area Central District. The school was initiated by Crimson Historians & Urbanists and ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles] and is rooted in their practice of combining a critical, activist approach to the city with effecting real change through architectural and planning projects. The School works from the idea of blurring the borders between criticism and practice, research and policy and has a strong belief in an incremental approach instead of a tabula-rasa approach to urban development.
The European Commission today revealed the finalists of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards and the Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP). The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards showcase local authorities that demonstrate significant efforts in promoting sustainable urban mobility, while the SUMP Award recognises outstanding sustainable urban mobility planning.
Another Polis member, Lisbon, is to host the next European edition of the annual Velo-city cycling conference in 2021, after Dublin will be hosting this June the 2019 Velo-city edition.
The 2020 edition of the Transport Research Arena (TRA) biennial event will be take place in Helsinki on the 27-30 of April in 2020.
The conference is organised by the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications, Finnish Transport and Communications Agency, Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency and the European Commission. The Transport Research Arena (TRA) is a key European Research and Technology Conference on Transport and Mobility and it attracts more than 3000 visitors on average.
The call for paper submissions at TRA 2020 has been opened on 11 January 2018 and will close on 30 April 2019.
The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) is pleased to announce that the winners of the 2019 UNESCO Learning City Award are: Aswan (Egypt), Chengdu (China), Heraklion (Greece), Ibadan (Nigeria), Medellín (Colombia), Melitopol (Ukraine), Petaling Jaya (Malaysia), Santiago (Mexico), Seodaemun-gu (Republic of Korea), and Sønderborg (Denmark). Read more.
What does disaster risk reduction have to do with multiculturalism? More than you might think. Become a pilot city for the AMARE-EU project, and receive free assistance and mentoring to jointly improve resilience and inclusion in your city. Answer the call by 15 February 2019.
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