Join Climate-KIC’s third Urban Transitions Workshop in Bologna

10 Apr 2017

Climate-KIC is holding its third Urban Transitions workshop for practitioners looking to share knowledge and build consortia for low-carbon projects and zero-waste solutions in cities.

This two-day workshop (17-19 May 2017) will bring together players from across municipal authorities, private sector corporations, the start-up and SME communities, academia and civil society groups for discussion, knowledge sharing and networking – on financing low carbon projects, to scaling up projects for impact through alliances.

Participants can expect sessions on:

  • adaptation planning and bankable projects in Bologna
  • using data and data tools in solving urban challenges
  • green finance and city bonds
  • the zero waste city
  • deep retrofitting
  • behaviour change
  • nature-based solutions and blue-green infrastructure

New open innovation challenges

The workshop will also introduce two new exiting open innovation challenges, currently recruiting – Urban Food from Residual Heat, which aims to foster urban agriculture and local food enterprise; and the C40’s Reinventing Cities scheme, which aims to mobilise collaborations that will transform under-used public sites into beacons of sustainability.

Urban Challenges

The cities of Vejle and Modena will present two urban challenges. Participants are invited to engage with the cities to understand the challenge, propose solutions, and together consider innovative systemic approaches, especially those that exploit the use of data and analytics.

Speakers and panellists

Confirmed speakers and panellists include Associate Professor of Urban Planning, Department of Architecture, University of Bologna and Councillor for the Municipality of Bologna, Valentina Orioli; C40 senior advisor Hélène Chartier; World Business Council for Sustainable Development Director Roland Hunziker; Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) senior manager Roman Mendle; and Enzo Favoino, chair of the scientific committee at Zero Waste Europe.

The latest innovation from Climate-KIC

Climate-KIC’s team, including Urban Transitions Director Sean Lockie; Sustainable Production Systems Director Sira Saccani; and Climate-KIC Italy Director Angelica Monaco will share developments in the latest urban climate innovation that Climate-KIC and its partners are making happen.

Programme managers from Climate-KIC’s flagship programmes, Victor Gancel (Low City Carbon Lab) and Sybren Steensma (Building Technologies Accelerator), will share progress on Climate-KIC’s strategic initiatives in unlocking green finance and scaling up deep retrofits for energy efficiency in buildings.  


The workshop will take place in the beautiful Climate-KIC partner city of Bologna, founding member of ICLEI and pioneer in the field of sustainable development. 

Who can attend?

The workshop is free, and is open to existing Climate-KIC partners, as well as interested practitioners, students or researchers in the field of urban sustainability and climate change. Participants must pay for their own travel and accommodation to the venue.

Explore the agenda

See the full agenda for the two days here.

Register now

We have limited space for 100 participants. To register your attendance, click here.


Email the Urban Transitions team 







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