Stepping up the Game – Driving Urban Transitions, JPI Urban Europe Policy Conference 2020

The fifth JPI Urban Europe Policy Conference was organised on 12 November 2020, this year fully online. Take part of the recordings, presentations and outcomes from the day!

Close to 500 participants from 40 countries joined the conferencce and listened to panel discussions with representatives from among others cities, regions, the EU Green Deal and the Leipzig charter. The Driving Urban Transitions to a Sustainable Future (DUT) and its three pillars; Positive Energy Districts and Neighbourhoods, the 15 minutes City and Downsizing District Doughnuts were presented and participants joined breakout sessions of their choice to define upcoming years priorities and challenges within each pillar area.

Participants were also encouraged to contribute with their comments and recommendations to a Concept Board that is still open – please visit it to get a better understanding of each pillar and let us know what you think by adding post its on the message board! Go to Concept board.  You can now take part of all the sessions and presentations from the day below.

Plenary sessions and keynote addresses: 

  • Welcome address
    Opening of the conference by the moderator of the day, James Mawson, followed by a welcome and introduction by Margit Noll, Chair of the JPI Urban Europe Management Board and Mari Solerød, Chair of the JPI Urban Europe Governing Board
  • Keynote address. Patrick Child, Deputy Director-General for Research and Innovation,DG RTD European Commission
  • The urban story in a globalized policy agendas world
    This first session of the day will set the scene with a view to issues and concerns in the wake of international 
    policies such as the EU Green Deal, the Urban Agenda for the EU and the Leipzig Charter. Representatives from these initiatives will be invited to discuss how sustainable urban development contributes to global policies, how to connect the SDGs with the urban dimensions in theses agendas and how to join forces to drive urban transitions. The session includes 10 minutes interviews with each panellist followed by a 20 minutes debate with all panellists.                            

    • Interview with Anna Lisa Boni, Member of the Mission Board for Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities, Secretary General Eurocities,
      Interview with Eoghan Kinirons, Policy Officer for the European Green Deal,Directorate-General Research and Innovation, Unit C5 – Ecological & Social Transitions,
      Interview with Miquel Rodriguez Planas, Commissioner of 2030 Agenda, Barcelona City Council,
      Interview with Tilman BuchholzDeputy Head of the Unit Urban Development Policy, German Federal ministry for the interior building and community,
      Debate with all panelists 
  •  The role of neighbourhoods, towns, municipalities and cities in urban transitions 
    The conference’s second session will focus on cities: what do cities need and what do partnerships, organisations and  networks need to get right in order to support them? City representatives from across Europe will discuss issues such as how we can join efforts to build capacities and mobilise cities in research & innovation, and what we can do to speed up the transformation and support co-creation..  The session includes 10 minutes interviews with each panellist followed by a 20 minutes debate with all panellists. 

    • Interview with Caroline Nevejan, Chief Science Officer with the City of Amsterdam,
      Interview with Inga Bērziņa Mayor of Kuldiga, Latvia,
      Interview with Mikael Jansson, Director, North Sweden European Office,
      Debate with all panellists


About the Driving Urban Transitions to a Sustainable Future (DUT) Partnership: 

>> Learn more about the DUT Partnership

Margit Noll presented the JPI Urban Europe storyline

Exhibition area

Projects supported by JPI Urban Europe and organisations from our Stakeholder Involvement Platform (AGORA) where invited to display their work and network at the exhibition area (meeting rooms).


>> JPI Urban Europe supported projects are available in the project database

For any questions concerning the policy conference, please contact: 
Klara Broms Seving, Communication Officer,




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