Making Urban Transitions Happen: Lessons from Eight Cities

07 Jun 2017

Climate-KIC’s Transition Cities project works with eight major cities from across Europe to create a new approach to tackling climate change – building an integrated innovation system for the transition to a low carbon economy.

At this conference you will:
• Hear what Transition Cities has done and how it offers new skills and capacity for practitioners;
• Learn about how this can transform your city’s low carbon work in the future
• See how this fits into EU Commission and policy thinking


9.00 Welcome and refreshments

9.30 Transition Cities, Climate KIC and the Urban Challenge
Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member for the Environment, Birmingham City Council

9.45 Opening speakers: Why cities are crucial for climate change?
1. Tine Heyse, Vice mayor, Ghent, President of the Climate Alliance
2. Karl Heinz Lambert, First Vice President of the Committee of the Regions
3. Peter Berkowitz, Head of Unit in DG Regional Policy, responsible for Smart Specialisation and all the Joint Research Councils

10.45 Refreshments

11:15 Developing Transition Pathways for Cities

  1. The project’s objectives and what it has achieved
  2. The Transition Cities method: creating clusters and mapping transition pathways

Jacqueline Homan, Head of Sustainability, Birmingham City Council
Professor Fred Steward, Member of the Scientific Committee, European Environment Agency

12.30 Working lunch (opportunity for networking and information on funding for cities)

13.30 How cities have used this new approach: Three roundtables on the low carbon challenges for cities:

  1. Energy – Chaired by Energy Cities
  2. Mobility
  3. Buildings and Energy efficiency

Interactive, facilitated discussion on what works; the main challenges; and how to find resources.

15.00 Coffee break

15:30 Taking this thinking forward: The knowledge services that we offer
Cristian Matti, Learning and Knowledge Manager, Climate KIC’s Transitions Hub

16:00 Conclusions: what now for cities?
Kathleen van Brempt MEP, Vice Chair of Party of European Socialists
Kirsten Dunlop, CEO Climate KIC
Richard Tuffs, Director of European Regional Research and Innovation Network, ERRIN


Join us

Attendance at the workshop is free. Registration is required to gain access to the event.

Date: Wednesday 7 June 2017
Time: 9.00 -16.45
Venue: Greater Birmingham and West Midlands Office Avenue d’Auderghem 22-28, Brussels

Apply online

We are looking forward to welcoming you to a day of fruitful discussion and exchange!

For any further information please contact Catherine.Shelley@climate-kic.org

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