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 act as a platform to discuss and share information on priorities and funding opportunities linked to Smart Cities. The WG aims to facilitate sharing of experiences and support matchmaking to develop new partnerships and projects. The WG will explore synergies between the areas linked to Smart Cities and cooperates with the ERRIN WGs on Energy and Climate Change, Transport and ICT.

Last Working Group Meetings

Last Working Group Meetings

Smart Cities

Smart Cities WG Meeting: Towards the Mission on Climate Neutral Cities

Heidi Johansson

We are happy to welcome you to the first Smart Cities Working Group meeting for 2020! The meeting will take place on 21st January between 14:00-17:00, followed by a networking drink, and is kindly

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

WG Events

WG Events

Vienna UP'20

From 11 to 17 May 2020, Vienna will become a hotspot for start-ups. ViennaUP'20 is a week of more than 80 events designed to inspire startups, corporates, investors and talent, connecting the Viennese startup scene with international contacts. Events will take place at various locations across Vienna, focusing on subjects such as smart cities, clean tech, the creative industries, health tech and life sciences, smart manufacturing and new technological frontiers including blockchain, big data and artificial intelligence (AI).  This year ViennaUP will also play host to Wired Pulse/WIRE UK, a…

Smart factories of the future: from industry 4.0 to industry 5.0

The Slovenian Business & Research Association is organising a conference on the meaning and future of smart factories and their benefits to society. The conference will touch upon the role smart factories play in the EU research and innovation agenda. The event will also be an opportunity to learn from examples of research and innovation for smart factories from Slovenia and Lithuania.  The morning event will include presentations from EIT Manufacturing, DG CNECT as well as experts from the field.  To learn more please see the attached agenda, or to register, click here. 

Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum - Energy Efficiency Finance Market Place

The 2020 edition of the Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum - Energy Efficiency Fiance Market Place has been scheduled to take place 18-19th Februrary 2020 in Brussels. The two-day event is co-organised by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Energy, the Directorate-General for Climate Action and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (EASME). The event will comprise plenary sessions with high level representatives from the Covenant of Mayors as well as a showcase of successful projects on energy efficiency finance, future-proof investments, financing clean…

Tampere Smart City Week 2020

A wide range of events on the subject of smart city developments will take place across Tampere at the end of January. Innovative, digital and sustainable smart city solutions created in the region will be presented by local actors across a week-long programme.  The week begins with the Tiedon Valoa Science event, where scientists from different disciplines will share news from their fields. This event will be followed by the Nordic Drone Event 2020, Smart City MINDTREK and other sessions such as a replication event. The replicaiton event, Success Stories and Development Challenges of…

Smart Cities WG Meeting: Towards the Mission on Climate Neutral Cities

We are happy to welcome you to the first Smart Cities Working Group meeting for 2020! The meeting will take place on 21st January between 14:00-17:00, followed by a networking drink, and is kindly hosted by the Cities Northern Netherlands office, located on Rue de Trèves 59, 1000 Brussels.  This meeting will focus on the road towards the Mission for Climate Neutral Cities. Jean-Francois Aguinaga from DG RTD will set the scene by presenting the Mission and giving an update on its state of play. ERRIN's draft contribution on the Mission will be presented, which will be followed by a break out…

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…

WG Documents

WG Documents

ERRIN Draft Contribution to the Mission on Climate Neutral Cities

Please find attached ERRIN's draft contribution to the Mission on Climate Neutral Cities.

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

European Climate Pact - public consultation

European Climate Pact – giving a voice to regional and local stakeholders The European Climate Pact is an integral part of the European Green Deal and aims to give citizens and stakeholders from all parts of society a voice and role in designing new climate actions, sharing information and showcasing solutions that others can follow. The Pact will foster cooperation between people and organisations (national, regional and local authorities, businesses, civil society organisations, education organisations, consumer groups, research and innovation organisations, as well as individual citizens…

Update on ERRIN's work

As we are sure you are all very much aware, the current outbreak of COVID-19 has caused a lot of uncertainty in Brussels and across the whole of Europe. We would therefore like to take a moment to reassure all of you, our members and subscribers, that despite the current situation, the ERRIN Secretariat will stay operational and work remotely. We will continue to serve our members in the best possible ways, mainly through online tools. However, considering the guidelines given by the Belgian authorities, there are some actions that we are required to take, especially related to our upcoming…

Public consultation to shape the European Partnership on Driving Urban Transitions

The Driving Urban Transitions to a Sustainable Future (DUT) Partnership aims to address the complex set of urban challenges, which cities and urban communities are facing today, with an integrated approach to offer decision makers in municipalities, companies and society the means to act and enable the necessary urban transformations. The partnership aims to create a portfolio of measures to build capacities in all stakeholder groups and contribute to the European Mission on Climate Neutral Cities. Read more about what is at stake in this article. The partnership’s objectives will be…

State of play - European Partnerships under Horizon Europe

On 9 and 10 March, ERA-LEARN together with the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, organised a workshop on the future European Partnerships. The workshop was an occasion to exchange, share views and coordinate the development processes of the candidate Partnerships. In his opening speech, the Director-General of DG Research and Innovation, Jean-Eric Paquet, called for a more ambitious approach in relation to the European Partnerships by “taking partnerships to another level”. He stressed the need to ensure that the partnerships support achieving the key policy objectives set at…

Information concerning ERRIN Working Group meetings

In light of the current COVID-19 concerns and the guidelines given by the Belgian authorities, we regret to inform you that our upcoming Working Group meetings will be postponed or will take place online. Please find below a list of Working Group meetings for the month of March:   Online webinar:  - Blue Growth WG meeting on clean waterborne transport (23 March)   Postponed meetings: - Smart Specialisation WG meeting on Component 5 (19 March) - Innovation & Investment WG meeting on access to finance for SMEs (24 March) - ICT and Cultural Heritage & Tourism WG meeting on…

Information concerning the COVID-19 outbreak and ERRIN meetings

  Considering the current outbreak of the Coronavirus and cancellations of some events taking place in Brussels, we would like to inform members that for the time being all ERRIN Working Group meetings will take place as planned, unless communicated otherwise. We advise all our members to follow our communications in the coming weeks for possible updates on the current situation.    

Latest Updates

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

European Climate Pact - public consultation

In order to gather inputs on the European Climate Pact, the Commission has recently launched a public consultation. We would like to collect your views on and expectations of the Pact as well as explore what role ERRIN could take in this new initiative.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

Update on ERRIN's work

The current outbreak of COVID-19 has caused a lot of uncertainty in Brussels and across the whole of Europe. We would therefore like to reassure all of you, that despite the current situation, the ERRIN Secretariat will stay operational and work remotely.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

State of play - European Partnerships under Horizon Europe

The European Partnerships are set to deliver on the objectives of Horizon Europe and the priorities of the European Union through concerted research and innovation effort with the Member States, private sector, foundations and other stakeholders. Ideally the European Partnerships allow bringing together a broad range of actors to work towards a common vision and translating it into concrete roadmaps and coordinated implementation of activities.

  • By Heidi Johansson

Public consultation to shape the European Partnership on Driving Urban Transitions

The Driving Urban Transitions to a Sustainable Future (DUT) Partnership aims to address the complex set of urban challenges, which cities and urban communities are facing today, with an integrated approach to offer decision makers in municipalities, companies and society the means to act and enable the necessary urban transformations.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

Information concerning ERRIN Working Group meetings

In light of the current COVID-19 concerns and the guidelines given by the Belgian authorities, we regret to inform you that our upcoming Working Group meetings will be postponed or will take place online.

  • By Heidi Johansson

ERRIN Draft Contribution to the Mission on Climate Neutral Cities

ERRIN's draft contribution to the Mission on Climate Neutral Cities.