In times of budgetary austerity, regions need to better capture the ‘transformative power of innovation’ and adopt more holistic strategies that take full advantage of their innovation potential. Universities cater for all three corners of the knowledge triangle and play a vital role in sustainable and inclusive regional growth by enhancing regional innovation through their research activities; promoting enterprise, business development and growth; contributing to the development of regional human capital and skills; and improving social equality through regeneration and cultural development.
This workshop is focused on the innovative concept of ‘Smart Academic Cities’ where all six dimensions of a ‘Smart City’ are applied: Smart People, Smart Economy, Smart Governance, Smart Mobility, Smart Environments, and Smart Living. A Smart Academic City can function efficiently only when all its actors cooperate together. The workshop will offer the floor to different city stakeholders: renowned academics and researchers in the field of urban development, policymakers, businesses, and students. It will showcase good practices and offer a lively forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge on how Smart Academic Cities can foster regional and local economic development. The workshop moderator will facilitate the interaction between the panellists and the audience.
The workshop is supported by the Capital Cities and Regions Network (CCRN) regional partnership.