innovation

“Innovation is not just about product development: it is about how our society changes and improves” Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission

‘Innovation’ describes the process of producing and putting into place something new, be it a product or process. An innovation is therefore the end output of the process of innovation.

Often, economic growth is the main incentive for innovation. Innovative societies are also developing solutions to challenges such as climate change and tackling inequalities. 

Cities and their partners facilitate technological, market-based innovation, as well as leading the ‘public’ and ‘social’ innovation that is key to Europe’s global competitiveness. Cities provide the critical mass of markets, consumers and businesses to serve as laboratories of growth and innovation.

Municipal administrations are both innovators and supporters of innovation. On the one hand, their infrastructure and services - business incubators, research and development clusters, adult learning, or local partnerships - are conducive to innovation. Similarly, they are able to drive forward innovation by exercising their powers, for example, though stringent urban planning policies that ensure new approaches to housing, or procurement calls that favour new approaches to product design.

On the other hand, city administrations are innovators themselves. They adapt their work and services to respond to changing circumstances. By drawing on local intelligence, cities can develop entirely new solutions to challenges, such as healthcare or transport congestion.

We believe that cities should be placed at the heart of the EU’s Innovation Union and the accompanying ‘innovation partnerships’, and be well-placed to participate in key programmes such as Horizon2020.

  •  knowledge society

2nd Smart City event Tampere

This event is for those interested in how to make cities better places to live and do business in. The 2nd Smart City Event in Tampere will be organized in connection with Mindtrek, an international technology and business conference on 20.-21.9.2017 in Tampere, Finland.

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start date: 20-09-2017
end date: 21-09-2017

  •  environment

URB@EXP launches guidelines and lab kit for urban lab practitioners

The URB@EXP project, which made a very interesting presentation about urban labs during the last EUROCITIES Environment Forum in Antwerp, has recently launced guidelines and a lab kit for urban lab practicioners. The guidelines are designed for team members, managers of urban labs as well for civil servants, while the toolkit can be useful for municipalities or city stakeholders who are interested in setting up a urban lab.

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publication date: 03-07-2017

  •  knowledge society

Second Open Call for experiments in OrganiCity is here

OrganiCity, a collaborative research project funded by Horizon 2020 programme running between 2015-2018, has launched the second open call for experiments in OrganiCity.

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publication date: 30-06-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

EUROCITIES 2017 Ljubljana - latest news, website and registration

Registration is now open for our annual conference, which will be held on 15-17 November on the theme of ‘circular cities’.

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publication date: 28-06-2017

  •  mobility

Your city at EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK exhibition in Brussels

Do you want to put the image of your city in the capital of the European Union? Brussels Capital Region invites EUROCITIES members to present their most innovative solutions in the area of sustainable mobility at an exhibition taking place during EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK. Help us to prepare this exhibition now!

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publication date: 28-06-2017

  •  culture

Art in the public space - we want to hear from you!

In March we launched a new working group on “Public Art”, chaired by the City of Turin. It proposes a platform for all Culture Forum members to discuss, exchange experiences and design new scenarios on art in the public space.

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publication date: 26-06-2017

  •  knowledge society

Contribute to the study on urban dimensions of digital transition

The ESPON (European Observation Network, Territorial Development and Cohesion) 2020 Cooperation Programme (http://www.espon.eu/main/Menu_About/) has launched a study on urban dimensions of digital transition in Europe.

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publication date: 23-06-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Urban Innovative Action: topics for the third and fourth call announced!

The Urban Innovative Actions initiative unveils the topics selected for the third and fourth Call for Proposals to be respectively launched at the end of 2017 and 2018.

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publication date: 22-06-2017

  •  knowledge society

Apply for the European Broadband Awards 2017!

The European Commission has launched the 2017 edition of European Broadband Awards conferred to the best projects providing access to high-speed broadband internet in the Europe. The deadline for applications is 7 September 2017 at 16.00 CET.

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publication date: 21-06-2017

  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

Cities’ cultural heritage ROCKs! New project kicks off in Bologna

Around 140 representatives from 32 cities and organisations met in Bologna on 14-16 June to launch ROCK (Regeneration and Optimisation of Cultural heritage in creative and Knowledge cities). Led by the city of Bologna, ROCK is an H2020-funded project that aims to develop an innovative, collaborative and circular approach to the regeneration and adaptive reuse of historic city centres.

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publication date: 21-06-2017