UPCOMING EVENTS ( 1 - 3 from 3 )

October 2021
Positive Energy Districts as Innovation Ecosystems for climate-neutrality
Customized Connections - Competence - Capital
12 October 2021, 16:30 - 18:00


Accelerating energy solutions to achieve climate-neutral cities is not a copy and paste exercise, but a process of connecting stakeholders, competence and capital to create unique innovation ecosystems.

In this Participatory Lab "Positive Energy Districts as Innovation Ecosystems: Connections - Competence - Capital", four cities from across Europe share with you how they are implementing the European Commission's Mission on Climate-neutral cities. Learn what works, what challenges they face and what impact they are achieving.

Inspired by 18 smart city ‘Lighthouse’ projects, the RUGGEDISED Fellow city of Parma (Italy) and the cities of Bydgoszcz (Poland), Lviv (Ukraine) and Vaasa (Finland) are customising integrated energy solutions to their local needs and contexts. They will share what it takes to create a robust innovation ecosystem for the future of Europe.

This session is organised by a replication task group working for 18 Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse projects (H2020-SCC01), encompassing 122 cities in Europe.

Digital for the People - it's more than just tech
13 October 2021, 11:30 - 13:00


Curious about what digital transition means for cities and their citizens? Then join this interactive session to explore how cities can enable it for their development and COVID-19 recovery. Hear from cities what digital transition is all about and what it looks like in practice. Whether you are a cutting-edge smart city or just starting your digital journey, you can still learn what’s needed to enhance or start digital transition at city level, and how this works in different contexts and policy areas.

ModeratorIan Graham – URBACT Expert


  • City Leadership and Digital Transition, Mirja Vehkaperä – Chair of Oulu City Board
  • Urban Data in European Cities (based on a RUGGEDISED study), Marcel van Oosterhout – Associate Executive Director at Erasmus Centre for Data Analytics 
  • TechPlace – the community for digital transition in cities, Alisa Vlasic – TechPlace Lead
  • Digital Transition in Practice – Project examples from MAtchUP, Ernesto Faubel/Gema Roig EU – Smart City projects coordinator, City of València, MAtchUP coordinator

20 October 2021, 16:00 - 17:00
Hybrid: online & in Aachen (DE)
Das Liebig Exhibition Hall

RUGGEDISED is joining the CIVITAS Forum with a presentation by Pieter van den Berg (Erasmus University) on the optimisation of Electric Charging schedules for e-buses. The session will take place on October 20 at 16.00 CEST and you can sign up to join online. Pieter will present live from Aachen (Germany).

The city is the host of the 18th CIVITAS Forum, which gathers the keenest mobility minds from across Europe and beyond to discuss the most pressing topics in the field of sustainable urban mobility. This year's event is taking a hybrid (online and in person) format. Click here to register now.

Since 2003, the CIVITAS Forum Conferences have brought together sustainable urban mobility representatives and leading cities – including both their politicians and technical experts. The events include larger plenary and smaller technical and roundtable sessions, as well as site visits that offer the opportunity for real transfer of expertise.

A short politicians' forum also takes place during the conference. ICLEI Members have historically been well represented among the participants and contributors, which serves as an important occasion to exchange views on sustainable urban mobility policy issues.

This year's CIVITAS Forum will combine online and onsite activities, which continue the tradition of offering interactive workshops, sessions, and site visits, whilst introducing new programme elements. A draft programme can be seen here.

This year's event will specifically zoom in on the theme of "Smart routes to climate-neutral cities". This builds on the European Commission’s Mission to create 100 climate-neutral cities by 2030. The event will explore the role of mobility and transport in meeting this goal, as well as the relationship between smart mobility and climate-neutral mobility, and what local authorities need – from the private sector, the European Commission, and each other – to create smart and climate-neutral cities.

Attendees can expect to hear about innovative sustainable mobility solutions from forward-thinking cities, people and projects – including a number of ICLEI Members and experts – as well as to exchange and connect with city representatives, policymakers, practitioners, planners, NGOs, and academics.

The Forum is free to attend and perfect for people passionate about mobility, innovation and sustainability. Follow all Forum developments on social media with the hashtag #CIVITAS2021.

For more information on the event and its host city of Aachen, click here

Register at: https://webapp.spotme.com/welcome/civitasforum2021.