Conference ‘Smart Sustainable Cities 2017 – Viable Solutions’

The conference ‘Smart Sustainable Cities 2017 – Viable Solutions’ was held on 14 June 2017 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Over 250 participants from all over Europe attended the conference. Based on the positive reactions (appreciation score: 8,1 out of 10) we can look back on a successful event.

The overall theme of the day was ‘Smart Sustainable Cities – Viable Solutions’, covering four conference topics: ‘the transition’, ‘opportunities and innovation’, ‘living well together’ and ‘systems in the city’.
The plenary programme had a line-up of inspiring keynote speakers: Jan Bogerd (chairman of the Executive Board of HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht), Thomas Rau (a famous Dutch ecological architect), Maarten Hajer (distinguished Professor of Urban Futures at Utrecht University), Ivo Opstelten (Professor of New Energy in the City at HU UAS) and Andy van den Dobbelsteen (Professor of Climate Design and Sustainability of Delft University of Technology). The conference was chaired by Talitha Muusse, Social Entrepreneur.

In addition, there were 10 parallel sessions featuring over 20 presentations with inspiring ideas about the smart sustainable city of the future. One of these sessions was the Young Professionals Event (YPE), in which six student teams competed for the Transition Zero Award 2017. The three winners received their prizes (respectively 3.000, 1.500 and 500 euros) from Marjan Hammersma (Secretary General at the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences) on the main stage. During the closing reception attendees could visit the Innovation Festival involving innovating projects like the Hyperloop (Delft University of Technology) and the self-driving bus simulator from Wageningen University or join the guided tour to the Energy Lab and the Energy Roof.


Here you can find a brief conference Newsreport.

ESSENCE magazine

Magazine Viable Solutions for Smart Sustainable Cities.

Conference photos

Click here to take a look at pictures taken during the conference.

Keynote speeches

Below you can find the presentations given by the keynote speakers during the plenary sessions.
Imagining the Post-Fossil city (Hajer)
Future Smart Sustainable Cities and the role of UASs (Opstelten)
The new resilient city (van den Dobbelsteen)

Videos of the plenary programme

  • Click here for the morning programme (Talitha Muusse / Jan Bogerd / Thomas Rau / Maarten Hajer)
  • Click here for the afternoon programme (Talitha Muusse / Ivo Opstelten)
  • Click here for the final afternoon programme (Talitha Muusse / Marjan Hammersma / Andy van den Dobbelsteen)

Session presentations

Session 6 The tranistion
6-P1 Energy transition and disruption (Croon)
6-P2 Smart building industry (Kamphuis and Laterveer)
6-P3 Utrecht without natural gas (Bloemheuvel, van de Klundert and Rietbergen)

Session 7 Living well together
7-P1 Regional textile recycling in Finland (Heikkila)
7-P2 Smart ans sustainable Skanssi area (Osterberg)
7-P3 Let’s talk energy (Klarenbeek)
7-P4 Zero energy campus HU (Smets)

Session 8 Opportunities and innovation
8-P1 Reduce waste in hospitality sector in Manchester (Baines)
8-P2 Learning in-company (Jongen and Noordermeer)
8-P3 Circularity in city life (Vreeswijk and Rosen Jacobson)
8-P4 Selficient (Timmermans and Jansma)

Session 9 Systems in the city
9-P2 Mobil smart city Alcoi (Torregrosa Lopez)
9-P3 Smart solar charging (van Sark)
9-P4 Smart mobility service solution in Turku (Aaltonen)

Magazine Viable Solutions for Smart Sustainable Cities

Magazine Viable Solutions for Smart Sustainable Cities

The Magazine Viable Solutions for Smart Sustainable Cities is now downloadable. All attendees to the conference receive a paper...

Call for projects for Transition Zero Award 2017

Call for projects for Transition Zero Award 2017

Which team develops an action plan that contributes best to the transition towards smart sustainable cities? In the smart sustainable city of the future, people strive to live and work in a healthy, social and entrepreneurial climate that is energy neutral. Students are...

Conference publication: ESSENCE Magazine

Conference publication: ESSENCE Magazine

To desseminate the ESSENCE project findings, successes and lessons learned, the involved partners have developed the ESSENCE Magazine, based on interviews with the participating lecturers, students and researchers. You will find a print copy in your conference bag. For the digital...

Conference topics

Conference topics

The four conference topics of SSC2017 are: The transition (Session 1 & Session 6 of the conference) This topic focuses on all the city stocks and flows related to the making, management and renovation of smart sustainable cities. Basic material flows...