As the science and knowledge service of the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre's mission is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle.
In the frame of its Science Parks Initiative and back-to-back with a high-level meeting on "Transatlantic Scientific Bridge on Eco-Industries" held on 26/09/2013, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission's is organising a round table on the theme "EU and US: From Smart Grids to Smart Cities – the role of Science Parks".
The event, organised by the JRC in collaboration with IASP (International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation), will take place on Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Brussels, in the Schuman room at the Berlaymont Building from 14:00 to 17:00 pm.
The Round Table will focus on the role of Science Parks in the development of Smart Grids and Smart Cities, and in particular on the cooperation between Science Parks, local authorities and business communities, in the EU as well as in the US.
Science Parks are indeed important intermediaries in the diffusion of the research results and innovations related in the smart grids domain, as they can connect together research organisations and the business community.
Smart Grids can be described as an upgraded electricity network enabling two-way information and power exchange between suppliers and consumers, thanks to the pervasive incorporation of intelligent communication monitoring and management systems.
The event will focus on relevant best practices of Smart Grids projects by EU and US local authorities, which are paving the way for the implementation of Smart Cities.
The JRC Round Table will be structured around two keynote presentations by Paul Krutko, President and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Michigan (USA) and Josep Piqué, President of the European Division of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP), which will be followed by a roundtable involving representatives from local authorities, energy providers, service companies, etc.
The event is in particular addressed to representatives of regions, cities, service providers, business organisations, who may interact with Science Parks in the development of Smart Grids and Smart Cities initiatives.
→ Download the Agenda in PDF  (Latest version: 25/09/2013)