Conference ‘Smart Sustainable Cities 2017 – Viable Solutions’

In 2050 an impressive 70 percent of the world population will be living in cities. How can we keep our cities liveable and sustainable? A city that enables residents to enjoy urban life to the fullest without imposing unreasonable burdens on limited resources. What physical transition is needed? What social transition is required? And what new forms of entrepreneurship and innovation are necessary to realize these sustainable cities? Cities are now widely recognized as part of the solution to living within ‘planetary boundaries’.

Take part in thinking about future cities

Come and join us at the international conference ‘Smart Sustainable Cities 2017 – Viable Solutions’ (SSC2017) on 14 June 2017 in Utrecht-the Netherlands. Whether you are a student, a lecturer or a professional working in the building related industry or a municipality, you are challenged to share your ideas about the city of the future, as a place of beauty, wonder, excitement, inclusion, diversity and life. To develop together a city that works, in a sustainable way.
The conference will be co-hosted by the Centre of Expertise Smart Sustainable Cities of HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht and the Dutch Association of Professors on Urban Energy (NLP UE). This in collaboration with four other European higher educational institutions and three regional governments, all cooperating in the international project ESSENCE (European Sustainable Solutions for Existing and New City Environments).

The four conference topics of SSC2017 are:

  • The transition: focus on all the city stocks and flows related to the making, management and renovation of smart sustainable cities.
  • Opportunities and innovation: focus on new forms of entrepreneurship and innovation contributing to realize a smart sustainable city.
  • Living well together: focus on the relation between sustainable urban development and human/societal needs.
  • Systems in the city: this topic focuses on the opportunities as well as the implications Big Data have on the privacy of the citizens.

Click here for more information. Registration will be closed on 22 May 2017.

Target group

At the SSC2017 conference you will meet (inter)national professionals and experts involved in urban sustainability, such as:

  • Higher educational institutes (national & international): professors, researchers/lecturers and students involved in urban sustainability.
  • Enterprises (regional & national): professionals, experts, engineers and managers of (partner) enterprises involved in urban sustainability.
  • Authorities (regional, national & international): employees of governmental agencies and organisations.
  • Other public who wishes to learn about urban sustainability.

Programme

After sharing your ideas, insights will be provided from the cooperation between higher educational institutes and municipalities or enterprises. Best practices, exchange of knowledge and experiences between European countries, confronted with many of the same environmental challenges. With a focus on ‘what is promising’, academics and practitioners from different countries will present the most viable and inspiring solutions for urban sustainability. They will address the policy, design and technology experiments being implemented today. Finally this conference will propose future directions for cities on hot urban issues as innovation, education, transition, social and economic opportunities and development to move us toward a more sustainable future.
Click here for more information about the programme.

Transition Zero Award 2017

Part of the SSC2017-programme will be the Young Professionals Event – Transition Zero Award 2017. Students are the professionals of the future, who have to find solutions to the challenges of the smart sustainable city of the future. Therefore, we invite them to compete in the international Sustainable City competition for the Transition Zero Award 2017 and to submit their project that contributes to the transition towards smart sustainable cities. The finalists will participate and present their solutions at the central stage of the conference.
Click here for more detailed information about the Young Professionals Event – Transition Zero Award 2017 and the guidelines for submission of projects.

Deadline for submission of project documents: 1 May 2017.

Conference fee

Admission to the SSC2017 conference is free and includes access to the conference programme on 14 June, all documentation, lunch and refreshments. Online registration is necessary. In case of no show or cancellation less than five days before the conference, a compensation fee of €50,- will be charged.

Sponsoring & Exhibiting

Is your organization working in the field of urban sustainability? Consider supporting the ‘Smart Sustainable Cities 2017 – Viable Solutions’ Conference, taking place on 14 June 2017 in Utrecht (the Netherlands). Join over 200 young potentials and industrial, educational & governmental organizations from all over Europe who like to exchange ideas about the smart sustainable city of the future. This conference offers a unique and exclusive stage for brand, project or business exposure, business networking opportunities, as well as access to information, education and much more.
For more information, please download here our special Sponsorship packages.

NOTE: There are other sponsorship options possible in order to maximize your output. Please, do not hesitate to contact the organization for any enquiry about a custom package, designed for your needs: andy.wagenaar@hu.nl.

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 the professionals of the future, who have to find solutions to related challenges. They can make the difference. Therefore, students from higher educational institutes are invited to compete in the international Sustainable City competition for the Transition Zero Award 2017. The finalists will participate...

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...