JPI Urban Europe Conference 29-30 May 2017, Brussels, Belgium

On May 29-23 the JPI Urban Europe Conference will take place entitled "ENGAGING FOR IMPACT: THE NEXT STEP IN URBAN TRANSITION".

JPI Urban Europe welcomes urban practitioners and policymakers, researchers, European institutions and organisations and Urban Europe’s partners to discuss how to achieve urban transitions by enhancing the impacts of urban research and innovation investments, scaling up solutions and broadening stakeholder engagement.
In the discussion the latest research results from JPI Urban Europe projects and the long-term strategy of JPI Urban Europe will be reflected against international urban policies and strategies. The conference gives the opportunity to learn more about how public authorities can act as transformation agents, catalysing change by cooperating with researchers, business and social innovators.

The first day of the conference is the Policy Day focusing on urban transition and why it is so difficult to speed up. Using the Global Sustainable Development Goals and the EU Urban Agenda as a starting point, the urban challenges and the role of research and innovation in transitioning European cities will be discussed. Mayors from European cities will reflect on their current challenges and results from JPI Urban Europe funded projects will be presented. The long-term strategy of JPI Urban Europe will be reflected against international urban policies and strategies.

The second day of the conference focuses on cities with two sessions: the stakeholder seminar "Public administration as transformation agents" and the brokerage event "Making Cities Work". The seminar will showcase learning examples from European cities and invite participants to influence implementation of the JPI Urban Europe strategic research and innovation agenda. The brokerage event "Making Cities Work" discusses major European city challenges and how to solve them. This also offers the opportunity to influence the upcoming call "Joint Innovation Action Making Cities Work" supporting research-based innovation solutions in cities that will open later this year.

The registration is open until May 15. For more information: see JPI Urban Europe website

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