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Virtual workshop on Tech and the City

Virtual workshop on Tech and the City

Virtual workshop on Tech and the City

Date: 22 June 2020

14:30 – 17:30

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Knowledge Dossier on Tech and the City

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Main outcomes


Technological and digital tools are widely understood as key assets for sustainable and inclusive urban development. The role of these tools is essential to facilitate processes of neighborhood-based socio-economic empowerment and to inject innovation in policy areas that are under an increasing pressure to find solutions collaboratively: urban transportation/mobility and energy communities. Digital tools managed in partnership with the community play a key role as enablers of cooperation and co-creation of urban commons. In the unusual context of the COVID19 crisis, digital tools and infrastructure assume even greater importance for the co-governance of the city. This workshop, led by the city of Reggio Emilia, will reflect on the role that science and EU research may play in addressing the challenges that cities face regarding the adoption and governance of technological and digital tools, including the new challenges that emerged as a consequence of the Covid-19 crisis. 


The objective of this virtual workshop is to discuss with cities and key stakeholders how to integrate science-based evidences and results, as well as R&I best practices to provide a better policy framework for cities willing to invest on public-community partnerships to tackle through science and innovation the following challenges: 

  1. Provision of digital infrastructures in underserved neighbourhoods;

  2. Rethinking of housing units as a social infrastructure that combine personal life with work, education and healthcare for households;

  3. Districts as meta-neighbourhoods (i.e. agglomeration of two or more neighbourhoods) and thus as social and economic collective urban business units where local ingenuity is leveraged to define a strategic plan sanctioned in public-private-community partnerships for the use of science and technology for urban sustainable development;

  4. Use of science and technology to preserve or leverage local industrial and commercial units and transform them into lynchpins for urban sustainable development (e.g. social innovation centres and innovation hubs for new demand responsive, tailor made and flexible urban services and infrastructure).

This knowledge exchange session will also serve as a collective opportunity to reflect on the potential contribution of science in cities in the post-COVID19 period.

Target audience

The target audience of this workshop are representatives of cities (policy and research sides) and key stakeholders working on technology and digital tools at urban level from the angle of European Institutions, networks of cities, international projects, national governments and regions, among others.



14:30 – 14:35. Welcoming 
Javier Gómez, Joint Research Centre - European Commission

14:35 - 14:45. The Reggio Emilia approach fostering social inclusion in scientific, technological, digital urban innovation processes and how knowledge institutions are involved
LanFranco De Franco, Councilor - City of Reggio Emilia
PPT Presentation

14:45 - 14:50. Urban Sustainable Science and Innovation Partnerships as a policy/legal tool enabling inclusive urban innovation and science
Christian Iaione, CSO Reggio Emilia - UIA/URBACT/Urban Partnership on Procurement

Science based evidence from cities
Moderation: Javier Gómez, Joint Research Centre

14:50 – 15:00. Amsterdam. Blue Prints for messy cities
Caroline Nevejan, Chief Scientific Officer - City of Amsterdam
PPT Presentation

15:00 – 15:10. Madrid. Public Social Cooperation
Eloy Cuéllar, Professor of Public Management - Carlos III University
PPT Presentation

15:10 – 15:20. Naples
Gregorio Turolla, URBACT

15:20 – 15:30. Brno. We are creating a city for future generations
Romana Jaluvkova, Academia and R&D Cooperation Specialist - Brno Municipality
Jakub Rybar, Head of Cooperation and Development Departament - Brno Municipality
PPT Presentation

Evidence from EU level urban initiatives
Moderation: Elena De Nictolis, LabGov City

15:30 – 15:40. Evidence from C3Places, Urb @ Exp, CODALOOP projects
Margit Noll, Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe
PPT Presentation

15:40 – 15:50. Evidence from UIA projects
Raffaele Barbato, Project Coordinator - Urban Innovative Actions (UIA)

15:50 – 16:00. Evidence from URBACT projects 
Simone d’Antonio, Expert and National Point Italy - URBACT
PPT Presentation

16:00 – 16:10. Q&A session

Digital Coffe Break

16.10 - 16:20

Digital roundtable with Key stakeholders
Moderation: Christian Iaione, CSO Reggio Emilia

16:20 – 17:10. Roundtable: Is there space for a policy uptake on EU citizens’ role in promoting science, research and innovation in Cities?
Maria Yeroyanni, DG RTD - European Commission

Andrea Halmos, DG CONNECT - European Commission
Ivo Locatelli, DG GROW - European Commission
Pia Laurila, DG REGIO - European Commission
Ugo Guarnacci, EASME – European Commission

17:10 – 17:20. Wrap-up and Q&A session

Concluding remarks

Elly Schlein, Vice-President and Regional Councillor for the fight against inequality and the ecological transition

Monday, 22 June, 2020 - 14:30 to 17:45
City of Reggio-Emilia and Luiss University
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