Routes to Urban Research and Innovation – RURI

13 april 2016, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, Amsterdam
How to make your way into the Urban Europe of the Future

For urban professionals and researchers there are multiple options to participate in European research projects on urban development. An example of this is the projects of the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe (JPI Urban Europe). What is the added value of European knowledge development on urban areas? And what is the best way to participate to gain this value?

The RURI-event on Wednesday April 13 in Amsterdam will allow municipal managers, policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders to come together as part of one of the events for the Dutch presidency of the EU. The event will take place at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam.

What is the added value of European collaboration for knowledge development on urban areas? And which best practices are there for well-balanced urban research consortia and for knowledge strategies?

Keynote speakers Margit Noll (Chair Management Board JPI Urban Europe) and Markku Markkula (President of the European Committee of Regions) will tell about their experiences. In several parallel workshops knowledge, best practices and experiences will be shared and the focus will lie on the ‘know-how’ of European knowledge development. The workshops will have a diverse scope: the role of Universities of Applied Sciences in European urban knowledge development, Amsterdam as a Smart City and the link with the European Urban Agenda. The full program can be found below. 

Please mark April 13, 14.00 – 19.00 hour in your calendar and sign up here.
The event will take place in English. 


13.30 – 14.00      Welcome and registration
14.00 – 15.00      Introduction
                             Chair Jan Paternotte
                             Keynote speaker Margit Noll 
                             (Chair Management Board JPI Urban Europe)
15.00 – 15.15      Break (participants can chose their workshop) 
15.15 – 16.15      Workshop round 1 – five parallel workshops
16.15 – 17.15      Workshop round 2 – five parallel workshops
17.15 – 18.00      Closing
                             Keynote by Markku Markkula
                             (President van het Europese Comité van de Regio's)
18.00 – 20.30      Drinks and buffet


Amsterdam as Smart City
How to become a ‘smart and sustainable’ city?  What is the role of innovation and knowledge development in this process? In this workshop you will gain insight in the lessons learned by the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions that has been founded by the city of Amsterdam, Delft University of Technology, Wageningen UR and MIT in 2014 to work on innovation for a better city with both public and private partners and citizens. Examples of innovative projects, partnerships and solutions are provided and translated to your local context and city ambitions. Focus is on ‘engineering and design’ innovations.

In 2050 80% of the world population will live in cities. How do we make sure that our cities remain livable, accessible and attractive? And how do we educate the future professionals to realize these smart, healthy and sustainable cities? These questions are the starting point for the international project European Sustainable Solutions for Existing and New City Environments (ESSENCE), which the HU University of Applied Sciences started with four other higher education institutions, from the CARPE-network and three cities. This workshop will explore the possibilities of higher and professional education for urban knowledge development. 

European Urban Agenda
The European Commission is now working more and more on urban issues, which means working more with cities. Indeed, cities have specific needs, specific assets and are often those who make EU policies a reality on the ground. In addition, the approaches that have been used for the past 15-20 years are decreasing in effectiveness: the challenges facing cities have become increasingly complex and the need for new ideas and approaches is stronger than ever. This is no surprise: there are no permanent solutions to persistent problems such as urban poverty or unemployment. The world changes and our policies must change with it. Hence, the need for increased innovation! This is why the Commission is working on two main initiatives: The EU Urban Agenda as a policy tool to find solutions to the problems faced by cities and the Urban Innovative Actions to experiment new ideas in the real work ('the urban lab of Europe'). In this session you will learn more about the EU Urban Agenda and what it means for research and innovation in Europe’s urban areas. 

How to find your way in 'European research land' and be successful too 
The first session of this workshop will focus on the on scientific projects and cooperation between scientists and other urban stakeholders in the JPI Urban Europe-program. What possibilities for urban innovation can be found in JPI Urban Europe? And what is the secret of being successful in these kinds of projects? With Arjan van Binsbergen (TUD / JPI Urban Europe), Federico Savini (UvA) and Edwin van Uum (bureau Noordzuiden).
The second session of this workshop will focus on urban innovation from the perspective of urban stakeholders. What does 'Europe' have to offer? What can we learn from experiences of successful consultancies and the Amsterdam Economic Board? With Ronald Jorna (Mobycon) and Audrie van Veen (Amsterdam Economic Board).

Opportunities for applied universities in Europe’s Smart cities programs. 
European programs like Horizon 2020 and INTERREG often finance applied and practice-oriented research into Smart Cities. This type of research, often including pilots with users and SME’s, fits well with the Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS). In the RAAK-program the UAS performed over a 100 projects on ICT implementation, which links with urban challenges. Technopolis Group explored how UAS can perform well in European Smart Cities projects. 

The RURI-event is an initiative of VerDuS, which aims at connecting Sustainable Cities, in collaboration with JPI Urban Europe. NWO, Platform 31 and NRPO-SIA work together in VerDuS