On December 10, 2019 the Urban Europe Research Alliance (UERA) in collaboration with JPI Urban Europe, PED Programme of the SET-Plan Action 3.2 on Positive Energy Districts, the Action Cluster Integrated Planning, Policies and Regulation of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities, SCC-01 project Smarter Together and STARDUST, European energy award, and Tuscan Organisation of Universities and Research for Europe host a special session at the Smart and Sustainable Planning for Cities and Regions Conference 2019. The session goes under the theme Societal, Research and Innovation Challenges in Integrated Planning and Implementation of Smart and Energy-efficient Urban Solutions and has the focus How to Support Local Governments in Italy and across Europe?
The event aims to bring together a wide range of key stakeholders around integrated planning and implementation of smart and energy-efficient solutions in cities, to discuss not only how the efforts to make cities more sustainable can be stepped up and bring about wider replication in the next years, but also which agenda for resarch and innovation should be defined in order to build more collective intelligence and transformative capacity supporting local governments, not only under Horizon Europe but also under national Research and Innovation agendas and under JPI Urban Europ’s Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda 2.0 (SRIA 2.0).
What can we learn from the experiences of lighthouse and similar projects? Which challenges do cities face, and which needs do fellow cities have? What withholds local urban ecosystems from replication? How can we build and deploy cellective evidence, and which preconditions need to be fulfilled for that? What can research partners learn from experiences in smart city projects? And last but not least, which messages should be delivered to the newly established mission boards regarding needed research and innovation on smart, decarbonised cities and climate change?
This event aims to collect key messages, not only for new policy agendas, but also for a highly ambitious research and innovation agenda centering around integrated approaches for planing and implementation, which will be transferred to national policy makers and the Mission Board on Smart and Climate-neutral Cities and other relevant Mission Boards.