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URBAN-EU-CHINA Foresight Workshop

June 12 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The Brussels workshop goals are to identify priorities and themes for Future  Research & Innovation Agenda for EU-CHINA Cooperation on Sustainable Urbanization for the next 5-10 years. The Foresight Workshop will offer an opportunity for Europe and Chinese urban stakeholders to discuss urban trends, challenges and visions and identify what EU and China could achieve by cooperating on sustainable urbanization. Foresight activities are increasingly used to support the identification and prioritization of Research and Innovation priorities. Foresight has been taken up as an instrument of the “strategic approach” of guiding the tri-annual
adjustment Horizon 2020 and has been part of the preparation of EC Framework Programme 9 Horizon Europe. In particular, the adoption of a medium – long time horizon allows experts and policymakers to take into account when results of the research funded are expected to become available and subsequently have an impact on society and on the economy. Building upon the results of the BOHEMIA study, the workshop participants will discuss time of realization of expected urban social, economic, technological, environmental changes and identify those more relevant
for future EU-China R&I cooperation. The URBAN-EU-CHINA report on EU-China
R&I Agenda for 2019-2027 will serve to frame the discussion and will include the workshop’s relevant results.

The workshop will engage the participants in creative and inspirational conversation leading to wiser and more collectively informed proposals. The participants will work in small, interactive groups where each of them will be asked to speak out and share their knowledge with the others. Each group will address the following questions:
• Looking at the next 20 years, what would living in a smart and climate neutral city look like?
• Which items do you think should be included in R&I policy agenda/Horizon Europe to reach the proposed vision? (enabling, regulatory science, social innovation, hard research)
• Taking into consideration the items proposed, what should be the main objectives/areas for the EU-China Partnership on Sustainable Urbanisation?

The target group for this Foresight Workshop consists of urban experts from public and private sector with experience in cooperation between Europe and China. The workshop will be held in English. We expect to have around 30 experts, from a variety of urban-related fields and with experience in cooperation between Europe and China. The workshop will offer the participants the opportunity to:
• Network with experts
• Be part of an innovative process for the formulation of R&I priorities
• Learn about sustainable urbanization projects, practices and technology
• Make concrete changes toward sustainable urbanization

13.30 – 13.40 EU-China urban cooperation: results achieved and next steps (EC)
13.40 – 13.50 Setting-the-Scene: EU-China R&I Agenda for 2019-2027 by Annemie Wyckmans (NTNU)
13.50-14.00 Urban foresight: aims and methods by G.Giuffre (ISSINOVA)
14.00 – 15.00 Interactive session – working groups
Round 1: Imagining objectives and features of a smart and climate neutral city (30’)
Round 2: R&I priorities to reach the proposed vision (30’)
15.00 – 15.10 Coffee break
15.10 – 15.50 Interactive session – four working groups
Round 3: Selecting main objectives and priorities for the EU-China Partnership on Sustainable Urbanisation in short, medium and long term (40’)
15.50 – 16.50 Presentation of the results and questions and answers
One rapporteur per table – Plenary session
16.50 – 17.00 Concluding remarks and next steps by Annemie Wyckmans (NTNU)


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June 12
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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NTNU Brussels Office
Rue Guimard 9, 1040 Brussels
Brussels, Belgium