Working Group Leaders

Representatives of Brussels-based offices leading the work of Smart Cities Working Group.

Smart Cities WG Leader

Leader

Bernadette Bergsma

Brainport Eindhoven EU Office Brussels

Maja Busch Sevaldsen

Leader

Maja Busch Sevaldsen

Stavanger Region European Office

Pieter Faber

Leader

Pieter Faber

Cities Northern Netherlands

Miia Paananen

Leader

Miia Paananen

Turku-Southwest Finland European Office

Lars Rachlitz

Leader

Lars Rachlitz

Greater Copenhagen EU Office

Smart Cities

The objective of the Working Group is to consolidate understanding and knowledge about innovative technologies for Smart Cities (in the framework of the SET-Plan) based on bottom-up input from the platform members, representing a balanced diversity of stakeholders. The WG aims to increase visibility, linking data and resources to potential users and developers and enabling cities and local governments to find the right solutions for cities.

Next Working Group Meetings

Next Working Group Meetings

Smart Cities

Smart Cities WG Meeting: Discussion on Open Calls

Heidi Johansson

The Smart Cities Working Group is happy to invite you to the last WG meeting for this year. This meeting will focus on open calls related to Smart Cities and will function as an informal discussion

Last Working Group Meetings

Last Working Group Meetings

Smart cities WG

Climate neutral and smart cities – from SET Plan to city mission

Anonymous

The next Smart Cities Working Group meeting will take place on Tuesday, 22nd October 2019 between 10:00-12:00 at the Greater Birmingham and West Midlands Brussels Office, located on Avenue d'

Smart cities WG

Smart Cities WG Meeting: Latest developments on PEDs and the future of Smart Cities

Anonymous

This Smart Cities WG meeting will take place on Tuesday, 14th May between 09:30 and 16:00 at the West Midlands Europe Hub Office, located on Avenue d'Auderghem 22-28, 1040 Brussels.  The meeting will

WG Events

WG Events

Smart Cities WG Meeting: Discussion on Open Calls

The Smart Cities Working Group is happy to invite you to the last WG meeting for this year. This meeting will focus on open calls related to Smart Cities and will function as an informal discussion session. We welcome interested WG members to join us on 10th December between 9:30-11:30 at the Greater Copenhagen EU Office, located on Rue du Luxembourg 3, 1000 Brussels.  This meeting is directed to WG members who are interested in developing projects under any of the calls mentioned in the table below. When registering to the meeting, please indicate which call(s) you would be interested in…

Collaborating towards a Horizon Europe mission on climate-neutral cities by and for citizens – how do we ensure smartness?

Delivering results for a mission on climate neutral and smart cities, by and for citizens, requires established models of collaboration at city and regional level. Actors in south Sweden are eager to contribute to the success of the forthcoming Horizon Europe mission on cities by scaling up and sharing our points for success for this key research and innovation initiative. What models of governance are quired? What new partnerships need to be created to solve global challenges? What mechanisms for collaboration provide the best opportunity to ensure research and innovation results are picked…

Northern Netherlands in Transition Working Conference

The decision by the Dutch government to stop extracting natural gas from the Groningen gas field will have major economic implications for the Northern Netherlands. To tackle these challenges, the four largest Northern cities have started a trajectory with theJoint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC). The main goal of this trajectory is  to develop a concrete Action Roadmap that prepares the Northern economy and labour market for the upcoming energy transition.   To help us draft this Roadmap, we have invited experts from regions that faced similar economic transitions to…

City-zen Closing Event

The City-zen Closing Event will explore how Amsterdam and Grenoble worked together on their journey to carbon neutrality. The two day event will showcase all the lessons learnt from the last five years in what is 'truly a tale of two cities'.  With an audience of policy makers and scientists, as well as the general public, the Closing Event is an opportunity to take stock of ideas that will help cities, municpalities and regions work towards a CO2 neutral future.  The preliminary agenda is attached, for more information and registration please follow this link. 

Den Bosch Data Week

The second edition of Den Bosch Data Week will officially launch with an afternoon event on 28 October 2019. Organisers invite entrepreneurs, strategic board members, government representatitves and citizen organisations to come together to be inspired about creating a data-driven future. International speakers will challenge attendees on using data responsibly, its economic links and how the applications of data can improve the lives of city inhabitants.  The itinary for the event is attached. For more information and registrations, click here. 

Climate neutral and smart cities – from SET Plan to city mission

The next Smart Cities Working Group meeting will take place on Tuesday, 22nd October 2019 between 10:00-12:00 at the Greater Birmingham and West Midlands Brussels Office, located on Avenue d'Auderghem 22-28, 1040 Brussels. The meeting will focus on the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) and the progress of the plan. The JPI Urban Europe will thereafter give a presentation on their role as coordinator of the PED (Positive Energy Districts) Programme in the SET Plan Action 3.2 “Smart Cities and Communities”. They will elaborate on how cities can get involved in the PED…

WG Documents

WG Documents

Policy Recommendations - Regional R&I Ecosystems: Contributing to a competitive Europe

Going towards FP9, several reports - including the Lamy report - underlined the necessity to address the challenge of turning research knowledge into innovation and growth. To maximise impact and the European innovation potential, experience shows that strong territorial innovation ecosystems are essential. These ecosystems connect different actors (along the entire value chain) to create an environment that allows development, commercialisation, and exploitation of innovation. Read the full report in attachment. 

WG Related Content

WG Related Content

Self-Assess with the Green City Tool

Following the recent closure of applications for the European Green Capital and European Green Leaf awards, the European Commission is celebrating World Cities Day by highlighting its Green City Tool. Working as both as a means of benchmarking and self-assessment, the tool allows cities to commit and communicate their efforts to becoming greener and more sustainable cities. With a focus on sustainable urban planning, the tool emphasies on city governence and approach, rather than quantititve measures.  Cities can complete the self-assessment anonymously or they can register to put themselves…

Application open for European Green Capital 2021 and European Green Leaf Awards 2020

The title of European Green Capital is awarded every year to a European city for its commitment to environmental, social and economic sustainability. The first city was awarded the title in 2010. Now in its 11th year, the European Commission will launch the competition to identify the winner of the European Green Capital 2021 title. The winner of this title will also receive a financial incentive of €350,000 to kick-start their environmental programme for the year! The application form is the first step which could see your city become European Green Capital in 2021! All interested parties…

Call for Challenges Still Open for the NBS Workshop at the Nordic Edge Expo

ERRIN will together with its Smart Cities WG members Eindhoven, Stavanger and Cities Northern Netherlands, and the European Network of Living Labs and the UNaLab project organise an NBS workshop during the Nordic Edge Expo on 26th September in Stavanger, Norway. The theme of the workshop is nature-based solutions and the aim of the workshop is to bring cities and regions together in a co-creative session to explore climate related challenges, while demonstrating how to work together and engage with other stakeholders. The target audience for the workshop is representatives from municipalities…

Designing healthy and inclusive cities

The city of Eindhoven has agreed a long term strategic approach for the redevelopment of its city centre. This strategy aims to create a city centre that is: Accessible for all Offers a high quality of public space, both in terms of health and in terms of economically viable and vibrant Is inclusive and offers the public space for all groups in society Is sustainable and environmentally sound, limiting pollution of soil, air and noise Is innovative These ambitions fit perfectly with the objectives of the current call on health and wellbeing in cities. Therefore, Eindhoven is looking for:…

EU Research & Innovation for and with Cities - Yearly Mapping Report

The European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation published the yearly mapping report. This report provides an overview of the main EU Research and Innovation (R&I) actions for and with cities, promoted both at the European and international level to foster sustainable urban development. In addition it presents a detailed overview of budget of Horizon 2020 and the past three research Framework Programmes (FP7, FP6 and FP5) committed to city-related projects.  The added value of this publication is to provide a comprehensive overview of actions and initiatives which…

The European Commission launches the Digital Cities Challenge

The EU Digital Cities Challenge went on-line on 10 October, inviting European city leaders to express their interest! Cut-off dates for applications: -       24 November 2017 (for a first set of 7-9 cities) -       25 January 2018 (for a second group of 7-9 cities) The Challenge was officially launched by DG GROW, DG REGIO and the Committee of the Regions during the EWRC 2017 – at the workshop “Supporting cities and regions to become successful digital ecosystems". The Digital Cities Challenge enables European cities to put advanced technologies at the service of their citizens. More…

Latest Updates

  • By Pieter Faber

Northern Netherlands in Transition Working Conference

The decision by the Dutch government to stop extracting natural gas from the Groningen gas
field
will have major economic implications for the Northern Netherlands. To tackle these
challenges, the four largest Northern cities have started a trajectory with the

  • By Hilary Webb

City-zen Closing Event

The City-zen Closing Event will explore how Amsterdam and Grenoble worked together on their journey to carbon neutrality. The two day event will showcase all the lessons learnt from the last five years in what is 'truly a tale of two cities'. 

  • By Rickard Eksten

Collaborating towards a Horizon Europe mission on climate-neutral cities by and for citizens – how do we ensure smartness?

Delivering results for a mission on climate neutral and smart cities, by and for citizens, requires established models of collaboration at city and regional level.

  • By Aritra Ghosh

Policy Recommendations - Regional R&I Ecosystems: Contributing to a competitive Europe

Going towards FP9, several reports - including the Lamy report - underlined the necessity to address the challenge of turning research knowledge into innovation and growth. To maximise impact and the European innovation potential, experience shows that strong territorial innovation ecosystems are essential.

  • By Heidi Johansson

Smart Cities WG Meeting: Discussion on Open Calls

The Smart Cities Working Group is happy to invite you to the last WG meeting for this year. This meeting will focus on open calls related to Smart Cities and will function as an informal discussion session.

  • By Hilary Webb

Self-Assess with the Green City Tool

Following the recent closure of applications for the European Green Capital and European Green Leaf awards, the European Commission is celebrating World Cities Day by highlighting its Green City Tool.