The ERA-NET Urban Accessibility and Connectivity (ENUAC) Co-funded projects final event in Paris

Sharing experiences, knowledge and results, panel discussions, workshop, and networking – this was what the 15 ERA-NET Urban Accessibility and Connectivity (ENUAC) Co-funded projects were part in during the two-day final hybrid event in February at the French National Research Agency (ANR) in Paris!

Over 70 participants gathered online and onsite in Paris for the ENUAC final event, with the purpose to exchange, learn and connect around the project’s findings. Also on site were national funding agencies, stakeholders, cities, government organisations and experts from European organisations.

After a warm welcome by Marie-Laure Tarot, ANR, and a “warm-up” session by moderator Marzia Mazzonetto from Stickydot, moderator for the event, the projects started with 2 panel discussions: one on mobility solutions for a European climate-neutral future and the second on sustainable and inclusive future for cities. The afternoon was dedicated to a discussion around opportunities for the ENUAC project solutions to be scaled up and brought to market, focusing on possible investments, and how the project outcomes can be tailored to the needs of future funding partners. Later, the projects took part in a practice session on pitching their current solution and the potential scalability with a municipality, potential business partner or an investor. The projects also explored opportunities for mutual exchange and cooperation in break-out sessions.

The 15-Minute city concept

The participants also got the chance to explore the 15-Minute City concept in Paris with Carlos Moreno, Co-Founder & Scientific Director “Entrepreneurship, Territory, Innovation” Chair chez Paris1 – Pantheon Sorbonne University IAE. After an inspirational presentation by Carlos Moreno about the concept, the participants were taken to a “walkshop”, following the extension of the subway line 14, to the area of Pont Cardinet Station, in the 17th arrondissement of Paris in the Clichy Batignolles. The area has undergone a major change and has become a new “eco-district” combining mobility, with newly built properties, offices, schools, and a large newly built park. A fun addition is that the area is built on the former Batignolles railway site.

The last day ended up with a presentation by representatives from the ACUTE knowledge hub, presenting their results so far, e.g. their collected knowledge in the ENUAC projects, as similarities, unique aspects, and gaps, as well as an inspirational presentation by the IQS Communication team, on how to use social media for science communication.

The event had a positive impact on the participants on several levels where the meeting provided an opportunity for the projects to introduce their results and knowledge, engage in strategic discussions, workshop and networking with partners, cities, municipalities, and stakeholders.

More to come!

JPI Urban Europe will continue to promote and support findings and results from the projects within the year. Stay tuned!

Video from the final event

Meet some of the project coordinators for a short introduction of their projects, in our video from the event: The EN-UAC final event in Paris – YouTube

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