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The seminar is organised by the European Commission, the executive agency EASME and Unismart (technology transfer subsidiary of the University of Padova).

During the seminar's first session, European Commission representatives will present key policy objectives and ambitions for Innovating Cities. They will also offer practical insights and advice to stakeholders interested in mobilising projects in the future.

Project coordinators and representatives of European city municipalities of the H2020 EU-funded demonstration projects (call 2016 on 'Climate and Resilient Cities') will share their main goals and lessons learnt so far in the following session.

After a networking lunch, the seminar will round off with a presentation of promising research themes and opportunities for stakeholders.

The seminar will provide participants with the opportunity to promote existing EU projects, and learn from and network with international innovative cities, top-level experts, policy makers, entrepreneurs/start-ups, knowledge providers and innovation intermediaries. 


  • 22 September: 09.00 - 09.15 (Europe/Luxembourg)


    Chair Stefano Carosio, Managing Director, Unismart Padova Enterprise srl

    • Dr. Chiara Gallani*, Padova Municipality
    • Dr. Franco Conzato, Promex/Chamber of Commerce of Padova
    • Dr. Enoch Soranzo*, Province of Padova
  • 22 September: 09.15 - 10.00

    Setting the scene

    • Introductory presentation by Stefano Carosio, Unismart Padova Enterprise
    • Policy agenda of innovating cities, Dr. Maria Yeroyanni, Senior Expert, European Commission
    • H2020 innovation actions on smart and sustainable cities, Dr. Ariana Nastaseanu, EASME Executive Agency
  • 22 September: 10.00 - 11.00

    Case studies and lessons learnt from running H2020 projects

    Chair Maria Yeroyanni, European Commission 

    • H2020 project 'Grow green', Jonny Sadler*, Manchester Climate Change Agency
    • H2020 project 'Nature for cities', Dr. Germain Adell, Nobatek
    • H2020 project ' Connecting nature', Giorgos Antoniou*, Special advisor at Municipality of Ioannina
    • H2020 Smart and sustainable cities, Konstantinos Zervas, Construction sector
    • H2020 project 'Urban Green UP', Prof Edoardo Croci, Bocconi University
  • 22 September: 11.00 - 11.30

    Coffee break

  • 22 September: 11.30 - 12.45

    Case studies and lessons learnt from running H2020 projects (continued)

    • H2020 project 'ROCK', Dr. Pamela Lama, Bologna City Council 
    • Resilient Cities, Sotiris Argyroudis, University of Thessaloniki and city of Thessaloniki
    • H2020 project 'UNALAB', Dr. Silvia Campailla, Secretary General at Genova Smart City Association, City of Genoa
    • H2020 project THINKNATURE, Dr. Nikolaos Nikolaidis, Technical University of Crete
  • 22 September: 12.45 - 13.00


  • 22 September: 13.00 - 14.00

    Networking Lunch

  • 22 September: 14.00 - 15.40

    Promising research themes and opportunities to engage the stakeholders

    Chairman Carlo Calore, Orto Botanico

    • Running EU initiatives with local impacts, presentation by Dr. Daniela Luise, Director, Italian local Agenda 21 Coordination, City of Padua
    • Health and green infrastructures, Prof. Paolo Semenzato, University of Padova
    • Social innovation and cities, Dr. Fabio Sgaragli (Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini)
    •  Phytoremediation and green approaches to enhance city resilience, Dr. Nicola Dal Ferro, University of Padova
    • Valuing and financing cost effective, nature-based solutions, Dr Alessandro Leonardi (ETIFOR)
    •  Advance in monitoring and maintenance of green infrastructures (including remote sensing), Prof Francesco Marinello, University of Padova
  • 22 September: 15.40 - 16.00


  • 15 September: 16.00 - 16.00

    End of the Seminar

    Please note that the program and the speakers are subject to change and will be updated continuously up to the conference. Speakers with * are yet to be confirmed.

Practical information

22 September 2017, 9.00 - 16.30 (CEST)
Padua Exhibition Centre

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