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: 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

Last Working Group Meetings

Last 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

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'

WG Events

WG Events

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…

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…

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

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

On 4 December, Lärosäten Syd – the network of Universities in South Sweden – together with the other south Swedish Brussels offices – Skåne European Office, Småland Blekinge Halland South Sweden, Skåne Association of Local Authorities and City of Malmö EU Office – co-organised a policy event in Brussels to present the main wishes and expectations of south Swedish actors on the Horizon Europe mission on cities, as well as to discuss with European partners the main recommendations for the implementation of the mission. The following points summarise the discussions between the speakers, the…

Searching for project partners participating in EU-call CE-FNR-17-2020

We are Bauhaus-Institute for Infrastructure Solutions (b.is) at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in Germany. Our research topics focus on resource and nutrient recovery from wastewater and biowaste. In the Horizon 2020 work programme the European Union has released the call "Pilot circular bio-based cities - sustainable production of bio-based products from urban biowaste and wastewater" (CE-FNR-17-2020) for which we are going to hand in a proposal. Please find the call attached (or here: https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/opportunities/topic-details/ce-fnr-17-…

Lahti, Finland announced as European Green Capital 2021 winner

The winner of the European Green Capital 2021 competition has been announced as Lahti, Finland, following a unanimous decision by the judges. Lahti, a partner of the ERRIN member Helsinki EU Office, was one of three cities to make it to the final stage of the competition, alongside Lille and Strasbourg, also our members.  The award comes after each city made presentations in June 2019, where they outlined their commitment to sustainable urban development.  Lahti was distinguished in certain areas, particularly air quality, waste, green growth, eco-innovation and governance, which it…

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…

Latest Updates

  • By Heidi Johansson

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. 

  • By Hilary Webb

Tampere Smart City Week 2020

Tampere Smart City Week will take place at the end of January and includes a replication workshop on 29th January 2020.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek

'Evidence informed policymaking' training course by JRC

A 2-day training course is organised on “Evidence informed policymaking” which will aim to introduce participants to useful tools, train them to navigate between different types of evidence and research methods, and reflect on how to deal with the many challenges of evidence-informed policymaking. ERRIN has been invited to nominate up to 3 candidates.

  • By Hilary Webb

Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum - Energy Efficiency Finance Market Place

Save the date for 2020's Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum: Energy Efficiency Finace Market Place, which will take place in Brussels 18-19th February 2020.

  • 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 Signe Madsen

Partner search on H2020 climate resilience topics from VIA University College, Denmark

VIA University has experience in European projects such as Horizon 2020, Interreg and LIFE. The research center for Built Environment, Energy, Water and Climate at VIA University has expertise in enhanced nature-based urban treatment solutions with a focus on innovative climate adaption solutions, remediation solutions, green renewable energy solutions and to develop methodologies and guidance for the design and implementation of urban enhanced natural treatment systems in cities.