innovation

“Innovation is not just about product development: it is about how our society changes and improves” Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission

‘Innovation’ describes the process of producing and putting into place something new, be it a product or process. An innovation is therefore the end output of the process of innovation.

Often, economic growth is the main incentive for innovation. Innovative societies are also developing solutions to challenges such as climate change and tackling inequalities. 

Cities and their partners facilitate technological, market-based innovation, as well as leading the ‘public’ and ‘social’ innovation that is key to Europe’s global competitiveness. Cities provide the critical mass of markets, consumers and businesses to serve as laboratories of growth and innovation.

Municipal administrations are both innovators and supporters of innovation. On the one hand, their infrastructure and services - business incubators, research and development clusters, adult learning, or local partnerships - are conducive to innovation. Similarly, they are able to drive forward innovation by exercising their powers, for example, though stringent urban planning policies that ensure new approaches to housing, or procurement calls that favour new approaches to product design.

On the other hand, city administrations are innovators themselves. They adapt their work and services to respond to changing circumstances. By drawing on local intelligence, cities can develop entirely new solutions to challenges, such as healthcare or transport congestion.

We believe that cities should be placed at the heart of the EU’s Innovation Union and the accompanying ‘innovation partnerships’, and be well-placed to participate in key programmes such as Horizon2020.

  •  knowledge society

‘State of Play of Interoperability in Europe 2016’ report is published

On 11 July 2017, the National Interoperability Framework Observatory of the European Commission issued the report ‘State of Play of Interoperability in Europe 2016’.

news

publication date: 12-07-2017

  •  culture

Draft agenda - EUROCITIES culture forum in Ghent

‘The role of culture in shaping third places in cities’ will be the theme of our next Culture Forum in Ghent (25-27 October 2017).

publication

publication date: 07-07-2017

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

Participate in the survey on smart lampposts in cities!

The Action Cluster for Integrated Infrastructures of the EIP-SCC (European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities) is currently collecting responses to their 5 minutes survey on the ‘Humble Lamppost’ initiative.

news

publication date: 07-07-2017

  •  culture

‘The ideal cultural and creative city is a mix of 8 cities’ - First EC Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor

This first edition of the EC Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor shows how well 168 selected cities in 30 European countries perform on a range of selected indicators grouped along 9 dimensions describing the ‘Cultural Vibrancy’, the ‘Creative Economy’ and the ‘Enabling Environment’ of a city.

news

publication date: 06-07-2017

  •  knowledge society

2nd Smart City event Tampere

This event is for those interested in how to make cities better places to live and do business in. The 2nd Smart City Event in Tampere will be organized in connection with Mindtrek, an international technology and business conference on 20.-21.9.2017 in Tampere, Finland.

event

start date: 20-09-2017
end date: 21-09-2017

  •  environment

URB@EXP launches guidelines and lab kit for urban lab practitioners

The URB@EXP project, which made a very interesting presentation about urban labs during the last EUROCITIES Environment Forum in Antwerp, has recently launced guidelines and a lab kit for urban lab practicioners. The guidelines are designed for team members, managers of urban labs as well for civil servants, while the toolkit can be useful for municipalities or city stakeholders who are interested in setting up a urban lab.

news

publication date: 03-07-2017

  •  knowledge society

Second Open Call for experiments in OrganiCity is here

OrganiCity, a collaborative research project funded by Horizon 2020 programme running between 2015-2018, has launched the second open call for experiments in OrganiCity.

news

publication date: 30-06-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

EUROCITIES 2017 Ljubljana - latest news, website and registration

Registration is now open for our annual conference, which will be held on 15-17 November on the theme of ‘circular cities’.

news

publication date: 28-06-2017

  •  culture

Art in the public space - we want to hear from you!

In March we launched a new working group on “Public Art”, chaired by the City of Turin. It proposes a platform for all Culture Forum members to discuss, exchange experiences and design new scenarios on art in the public space.

news

publication date: 26-06-2017

  •  knowledge society

Contribute to the study on urban dimensions of digital transition

The ESPON (European Observation Network, Territorial Development and Cohesion) 2020 Cooperation Programme (http://www.espon.eu/main/Menu_About/) has launched a study on urban dimensions of digital transition in Europe.

news

publication date: 23-06-2017