The Knowledge hub – a platform for gathering knowledge and experiences for a sustainable city

Within the ERA-Net Cofund Urban Accessibility and Connectivity (EN-UAC) a Knowledge Hub has now been established – a platform that enables exchange of knowledge, expertise and results in ​​urban accessibility and connectivity from various actors like public authorities, civil society, scientists, innovators, business, and industry.

In the framework of the ERA-NET EN-UAC, the Knowledge Hub ACUTE (Accessibility and Connectivity knowledge hub for Urban Transformation in Europe) was selected in July 2022. It gathers 12 partners from 5 different countries (Austria, France, Latvia, Sweden and United Kingdom) coordinated by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Institute of Production and Logistics (Austria). It started in November 2022 and will last 2 years.

The Knowledge Hub for knowledge transfer on urban accessibility and connectivity will address the challenges of sustainable urban passenger mobility, freight transport and connectivity as an integral and essential part of sustainable urban development. ACUTE will enable cross-project cooperation, extract and consolidate knowledge and initiate efforts to support practitioners. The platform is expected to propose concrete solutions for urban development, improve research results, put research into practice, and bring together experts from different sectors. The Knowledge Hub is expected to support EN-UAC by:

  • connecting the projects and initiatives of the ERA-NET to improve results
  • contributing to the synthesis of results
  • identifying results with a high potential for further validation or demonstration; and
  • engaging practitioners, policy-makers and funders of research in the hub’s recommendations and learnings.

The platform is to be an inclusive environment for urban actors with different backgrounds, where they can gather and discuss current themes and priorities but also to identify the biggest urban challenges today and in the future. In the long run this can provide an effectful environment for research and innovation to contribute to urban transformation processes.




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