26/3/2020 - Nordic Smart Cities 2020 new dates
24/3/2020 - CoEXist Final Conference - now online
19/3/2020 - Urban Future Global Conference - cancelled
19/3/2020 - Energy Cities 2020 postponed to 15 September
19/3/2020 - European Climate Pact
18/3/2020 - World Towns Leadership Summit - cancelled
18/3/2020 - Smart Cities Connect postponed to 17 November
17/3/2020 - 50th UAA Conference - cancelled
17/3/2020 - REAL CORP 2020 postponed to 15 September
17/3/2020 - City-run ‘hackathons’: worth the hype?
16/3/2020 - TRA Conference 2020 - cancelled
16/3/2020 - CEMR Congress 2020 postponed
16/3/2020 - Watch: The City of Tomorrow
12/3/2020 - AGORA Dialogue "From ambition to local action"
11/3/2020 - Major Cities of Europe conference 2020 Postponed
11/3/2020 - CityLaunch Smart City Conference
11/3/2020 - Smart solutions for over-touristed cities
10/3/2020 - ICSW 2020 solid waste conference is CANCELLED
10/3/2020 - What’s your Smart City Expo Atlanta track?
10/3/2020 - Cities engaging in the right to housing
9/3/2020 - Pandemics Are Also an Urban Planning Problem
9/3/2020 - Toolkit for climate-smart urbanization
4/3/2020 - SAVE THE DATE: JPI Urban Europe Policy Conference
3/3/2020 - IT-TRANS 2020 | Postponement
We are heartbroken. UFGC20 is cancelled.
In the light of the global Covid-19 outbreak we couldn’t have guaranteed the health and safety of our attendees, speakers, exhibitors and staff at this year’s URBAN FUTURE global conference,
scheduled to take place in Lisbon on April 1-3
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, together with the city of Heerlen we decided to postpone our Forum to a later date.
The first Cities & Citizens Energy Forum will take place from the 15th to the 17th September 2020.
Cities will play a key role in the transition to a sustainable future. Whilst cities are one of the leading sources of carbon emissions and other environmental issues, they are crucially also taking a lead on finding solutions to these problems. Now a new support programme is aiming to help European cities make the transition to a greener, more social and smarter future.
The European Commission's Intelligent Cities Challenge (ICC) will provide support, guidance and advice to 100 cities across the EU to seize the opportunities of transitioning to green, smart, sustainable growth. This follows on from the success of the Digital Cities Challenge, which helped 41 cities across the EU capitalise on the growing potential of digital tools to make urban spaces more enjoyable for everyone.
Share your ideas on how we can all take action for a carbon-neutral Europe
There’s no doubt about it: we all have our part to play in the fight against climate change. Through the European Climate Pact, the EU Commission is seeking to better involve citizens and communities in this global effort.
The Commission wants to know how to better engage everyone - including individual citizens, local governments and associations - on climate change. CEMR is currently preparing a joint response to this consultation, to which member associations will be invited to contribute.
Concerns over the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues worldwide, with both public sector and private sector leaders imposing official or voluntary travel bans. In recent weeks, as the situation has evolved, we remained committed to carrying forward with hosting the World Towns Leadership Summit (WTLS) in Cape Town, South Africa. Sadly, IDA and our Cape Town host partner have decided we must cancel the 2020 WTLS. We will be refunding all registration fees directly.
In light of these concerns, we have made the difficult decision to change the date and venue of the Smart Cities Connect Spring Conference & Expo and the US Ignite Application Summit set for April 6-9 in Denver to coincide with the Smart Cities Connect Fall Conference & Expo scheduled for November 17-19, 2020. These events will now be held simultaneously in National Harbor, Maryland. While we regret the inconvenience this change may cause for some of you, we are excited for the opportunities to connect that this first-of-its-kind joint gathering will bring.
Urban density does play a role in disease transmission. But rural areas and suburban sprawl aren’t necessarily safer spaces to ride out the Covid-19 crisis.
In early December 2019, members of the city council in Kansas City, Missouri unanimously approved a resolution which will see it become the first major US metropolis to introduce free public transport later this year.
It is a brave move in a region where 92 percent of people use cars for transit and it will cost around US$8 million–the amount the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) receives from bus fares annually–but supporters of the plan believe that making public transport free will translate into wider benefits.
Given the establishment of travel restrictions by universities and local/state/national governments, and out of great concern for the health and safety of all registered persons, the 2020 UAA Conference, scheduled for April 2-4, is cancelled. This decision is based on a careful analysis and recommendation of the Executive Office, followed by thorough discussion and a unanimous vote of the UAA Governing Board.
As you might have expected during the last couple of days, it has now become fact that due to the current situation all over the world REAL CORP 2020 has to be postponed.
To build citizen-centric smart cities, one needs smart infrastructure in place to ensure an intelligent, connected ecosystem
In popular culture, smart cities are often perceived as unrecognizable cities with sky touching buildings and air cars navigating on virtual roads. In reality, a smart city is one that uses technology to improve and transform the lives of its citizens, while minimizing the digital divide and encouraging businesses to innovate.
Cities are turning to hackathon-style events to spark new business, generate policy ideas, and co-create innovative urban solutions. But do they really work? We put the question to urban innovation experts and municipal staff in five URBACT cities… and came up with the answer: “Yes, if you include the right people, adapt the format to your needs, and provide follow-up support to winning ideas.”
Finnish Government has on 12 March issued a policy statement, that all larger seminars and events organized by the State will be cancelled until the end of May 2020. The competent authorities, Regional State Administrative Agencies, have prohibited all public events of over 500 persons for a period of one month. Traficom foresees that the prohibition will be extended to cover the dates of this event. For this reason we are compelled to announce that the TRA2020 event is cancelled.
Unfortunately we must inform you that as a result of a careful evaluation of the health situation caused by Sars-CoV-2 ("Coronavirus"), the City of Innsbruck together with the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) have decided with great regret to cancel the CEMR2020.
A postponement of the congress to an alternative date is currently being examined. You will in this case be informed accordingly.
Most people using public transport anywhere in Luxembourg, no longer need to pay.
Luxembourg's plans to provide free public transport entered into force from the beginning of March 2020. On 29 February, the country stopped charging standard fares for travel on its trains, trams and buses. Beforehand, people needed to pay about €400 for an annual ticket; today they can travel for free. However, those wanting to travel first class still need to pay €660 for an annual ticket.
The real estate industry is quickly changing as property technology (proptech) becomes more pervasive. This panel discussion, moderated by Aaron Renn, covers the changes that have happened and those that are yet to come.
05-06 May, Innsbruck, Austria
Given the current uncertainties around the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential health, economic, and travel implications for you, our supporters and sponsors around the world, we have decided to postpone the Smart Cities New York conference to 2021. In the interim, we will be redesigning the conference to include what smart cities need next and to ensure we engage you in ways that really count. Thanks for your continued support of Smart Cities New York.
The Pamplona City Council organised a workshop on Smart cities and Living Labs, where the results of the first edition of the Smart Iruña Lab programme were presented. It included interesting presentations on the local innovation ecosystem and the evolving Entrepreneurial Discovery Process
The STARDUST project supported the 2019 edition of the Smart and Sustainable Planning for Cities and Regions Conference in Bolzano. During the event, STARDUST partners from Eurac Research gave two presentations on the STARDUST smart urban interventions being implemented in Trento
Our 2020 annual conference that will take place for the first time in Greece. The Municipality of Larissa will partner with us to ensure the success of the event. This has been postponed to October.
Digital Transformation is a journey in which most Local Governments are engaged by taking their own approach routes step by step. But all routes should lead to the composition of a Mosaic in which each single tile will be part of a coherent assembly and will create the desired overall design of Digital Transformation.
The conference will lead you through some of the key elements of the Mosaic and open the debate on the opportunities and challenges.
This year’s theme is “Transportation for the Smart City” offering three conference tracks: Mobility as a Service (MAAS); the first ever Smart Mobility Certification for Traffic Engineers; and Data/Open Data – including cyber security and more. Whether you’re new to smart cities or you’re well on your way to becoming a connected community, CityLaunch will help get you to the next level.
Nature has historically been a ‘blind spot’ for urban planners. Spatial analyst Thami Croeser reveals how many cities are bringing it back into their spaces, with innovative nature-based solutions to tackle the effects of climate change and air pollution
Ostend is known as the “queen of the Belgian seaside resorts”: its beach, fishing harbour and old town draw thousands of visitors every year.
“We are a small city but, being on the coast, we triple our population (around 70,000 residents) in the summertime. So, we have problems typical of bigger towns,” says Astrid Vanackere, smart city coordinator at the Municipality.
In particular, Ostend will look closely at the solutions adopted by tourist cities such as Valencia in Spain, Dresden in Germany and Antalya in Turkey, which are the ‘lighthouses’ of the EU smart city project MAtchUP. Vanackere says: “As ‘a follower city’ will see how they handle issues such as sustainable mobility and deal with information and communications technology (ICT). In this way, we want to upscale our own ideas and strategies.”
For the past several days we have been watching the situation regarding the COVID -19 virus and travel concerns.
After much deliberation, we have decided that the appropriate course of action is to cancel the conference this year. While much is unknown, our opinion is that it is best not to bring together people from many different places at this time.
Join leading government officials, mayors, CEOs, CTOs, CIOs, venture capitalists, and innovators for thought-provoking discussions at Smart City Expo Atlanta, taking place June 10-11, 2020 at the Georgia World Congress Center!
Urban violence is predictable; it concentrates in specific places, among certain people and at very particular times. This means violence is hyperlocal, concentrated in "hot spot" neighbourhoods and blocks.
Inequality, whether in terms of income, wealth or welfare and endowments, is a strong determinant of everything from social cohesion and social mobility to life expectancy. A reduction of inequality and concentrated disadvantage in violent cities and neighbourhoods is, therefore, one of the most powerful ways to reduce violence.
Throughout 2020, UIA and URBACT will be exploring how cities can design housing policies and practical solutions to implement the right to housing, together with Antwerp (BE), Athens (EL), Barcelona (ES), Brussels Capital Region (BE), Budapest (HU), Chemnitz (DE), Ghent (BE), Lyon Metropole (FR), Mataró (ES), Nantes (FR) and Thessaloniki (EL).
We are very pleased to announce Novotel Rotterdam Brainpark as the venue for our European EV Charging Summit taking place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on the 27th & 28th May 2020
From migration to climate change, towns and regions face a growing array of challenges in which local and global issues are intertwined. But how can local governments create development strategies in an integrated, inclusive and participatory way? Join us at our masterclass session on “Designing strategies tailor-made for local needs” at the CEMR Congress in Innsbruck (Austria), on Thursday 7 May at 9:30, to find out.
Will COVID-19 change how cities are designed? Michele Acuto of the Connected Cities Lab talks about density, urbanization and pandemic preparation.
Disease shapes cities. Some of the most iconic developments in urban planning and management, such as London’s Metropolitan Board of Works and mid-19th century sanitation systems, developed in response to public health crises such as cholera outbreaks. Now COVID-19 is joining a long list of infectious diseases, like the Spanish flu of 1918 in New York and Mexico City or the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa in 2014, likely to leave enduring marks on urban spaces.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change secretariat, and the Commonwealth Secretariat, in collaboration with several United Nations entities, have developed a law and climate change toolkit to promote climate-smart urbanization.
The European Forum for Urban Security's 2020 General Assembly will be held on 26-27 March in Riga (LV). A key event in the life of our association, it will be an opportunity to take stock of the activities conducted in 2019 and to discuss priorities for the next few years. This year's GA meeting will also include preparatory work for our 2020 “Security, Democracy and Cities” international conference.
We look back at the Global Road Safety conference and the conclusions that stand out for those working at the urban level.
11 - 12 November 2020
Stepping up the game- Driving Urban Transitions
On 12 November, 2020, you are invited to JPI Urban Europe's 5th policy conference in Brussels. The conference is a forum to exchange on the opportunities for, and needs of, cities and urban municipalities in the coming transformation.
2020 Smart City Summit & Expo (SCSE), originally scheduled for March 24th to 27th, is now postponed due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus that has severely impacted international health and safety and economic activities.
In an effort to prioritize the health and safety for all domestic and international attendees, and sustain the benefits for all exhibitors and buyers, the organizers have come to the decision of postponing this year’s SCSE to July 1st to 4th, 2020 which will be held at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1.
We appreciate your understanding and support. In the meantime, we hope that you are all safe and healthy.
The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that the environmental impact of Uber and Lyft rides is 69% worse than the transportation modes they replace.
Uber and Lyft have consumed a vast amount of attention since they arrived a decade ago. But in many ways, we’re just beginning to understand what ride-hailing is doing. A growing cache of research by academics and policymakers points to a host of negative impacts associated with the explosive popularity of on-demand rides, including increased traffic congestion, declines in public transit ridership and upticks in traffic fatalities.
The finalists of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards, the Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP Award) and the first EU Urban Road Safety Award were revealed today.
With regret but respect for the dangers of coronavirus for participants at international events, UITP (International Association of Public Transport) and Messe Karslruhe have decided to postpone the upcoming conference and exhibition IT-TRANS next week.
We sincerely regret to inform you that we have to postpone seeSUSTAINtec 2020 due to a number of unforeseen circumstances. Via Expo will continue to promote the advanced solutions in Energy Efficiency, Renewables, Waste Management & Recycling, Smart Cities, Air Quality.
Mérida, a city in Mexico’s lush Yucatán Peninsula, is home to 2.3 million trees, which cover more than 20% of the metropolitan area. Mérida’s officials know that these trees provide benefits to the residents, but until recently they didn’t know how much these benefits were worth or how they were distributed across the city. That made it difficult for the officials to know where to focus their limited budget and tough for them to advocate for more resources.
We are thrilled to launch Cultural Heritage in Action, a peer-learning programme for local and regional policy makers to exchange knowledge on cultural heritage, with a focus on participatory governance, adaptive reuse and quality of interventions on heritage.
Cultural Heritage in Action shall empower cities and regions to strengthen their cultural heritage policies and initiatives and to develop innovative solutions to preserve cultural heritage assets. It is one of the actions of the European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage.
Green Pavlova, in Rotorua, New Zealand, and incorporating the World Urban Parks Asia-Pacific Congress, has been cancelled.
LIVEABLE AND SUSTAINABLE CITIES: ADAPTING TO A DISRUPTED WORLD
The biennial World Cities Summit (WCS) is an exclusive platform for government leaders and industry experts to address liveable and sustainable city challenges, share integrated urban solutions and forge new partnerships.
About 300 high-level officials, including mayors, businessmen and experts in urban areas are expected to attend.
On February 24, Roma Capitale, Rome Mobility Agency and Roma Tre University (all Polis members) presented the Logistics Living Lab of Rome: the participatory co-creation laboratory which for the first time systematically involves the logistics players in the experimentation and implementation of the innovative solutions envisaged in the new SUMP (Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan). The Living Lab represents an ecosystem in which all interested parties actively contribute to the definition of organic and integrated policies for the logistics of the city.
Tomorrow logo webA new EU funded project aims at empowering local authorities to lead the transition towards low-carbon, resilient and more liveable cities. In the framework of the project TOMORROW, the Covenant cities of Brasov (Romania), Brest (France), Dublin (Ireland), Mouscron (Belgium), Nis (Serbia) and Valencia (Spain) will develop 2050 transition roadmaps together with citizens and other local stakeholders and serve as pilot for the transition of European territories.
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