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February 2016

Project city testing workshop

15 - 18 February 2016
Launch of tools testing series workshops for city and academic partners on the topic of waste and water

Social Resilience project workshop

22 - 25 February 2016
The Smart Mature Resilience project will host a project internal workshop on the topic of social dynamics.

March 2016


El Futuro de las Ciudades Los Grandes Desafíos
16 - 18 March 2016
San Sebastián, Spain
Ayuntamiento de San Sebastián
XXII conference of the city of San Sebastian. Download the programme here.

April 2016

Partnering up for greener cities: How public can work with private

GREEN SURGE Stakeholder Dialogue Forum
26 April 2016, 14:00 - 18:00
Bilbao, Spain
Sala Arriaga, Bizkaia Aretoa, Avda. Abandoibarra, 3
Green infrastructure has huge benefits to cities, their citizens and the local economy. But how can cities keep expanding and maintaining green infrastructure in the face of shrinking budgets? At the second GREEN SURGE Stakeholder Dialogue Forum, the Greater London Authority (UK) will show how private investment is funding green corridors in London’s Wild West End and how public-private cooperation is improving central business districts with additional green infrastructure. The Parkstad-Limburg Region (Netherlands) and Strasbourg (France) will provide contrasting examples of public partnering up with private for a greener urban region. Further insights will be contributed by Vantaa (Finland).

This free event will bring together urban green infrastructure practitioners, researchers and private sector stakeholders to explore local government strategies and activities in collaboration with the private sector to lead urban development down a greener path.

This Stakeholder Dialogue Forum is the second in a series of these events, organised by the EU-funded GREEN SURGE project. At the first Stakeholder Dialogue Forum in Brussels in October 2015, urban green infrastructure practitioners from Edinburgh, Utrecht, Milan and Berlin shared the strategies and solutions they employed for and with citizens to change their cities for the greener. GREEN SURGE researchers complemented the case studies with research insights into citizen engagement, multifunctionality and social inclusion in urban GI planning.

The second Stakeholder Dialogue Forum will be held in Bizkaia Aretoa, Bilbao (Spain) from 14:00 to 18:00 on 26 April 2016. It is free of charge and coffee and snacks will be provided. The Forum is a pre-event to the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns. While the Forum is free of charge, participants can also join the ECSCT Conference for a reduced registration fee. Please register for the Stakeholder Dialogue Forum via the online registration form. Once registered, you can register for the ECSCT conference for a reduced registration fee. Participants are welcome to join the evening reception on Tuesday 26 April as part of the main conference programme.

For further information, please contact ICLEI via or visit the GREEN SURGE website.

8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns

27 - 29 April 2016
Bilbao, Spain
The 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns, the flagship conference on local sustainable development in Europe, is taking place from 27-29 April 2016 in Bilbao, Basque Country.

Organised by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, the Basque Government, Bizkaia County Council and Bilbao City Council, with the involvement of Udalsarea 21 - Basque Network of Municipalities for Sustainability, this year’s edition will bring together local and regional government representatives, European and international institutions, multilateral organisations, members of the research community, business leaders, and civil society.

The conference will demonstrate the urgent need for actions by local governments in shaping Europe’s future and will allow participants to capitalise on the positive momentum for transforming cities into truly sustainable areas. The Sustainable Development Goals and the results of COP 21 in Paris (France) will be reflected in the discussions, as well as the emerging Urban Agenda for Europe and the upcoming UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development HABITAT III.

The SMR project will be represented at the conference during the Innovation Market on 28 April, where coordinator Jose Mari Sarriegi will participate in a poster exhibition.

For more information, contact and follow #Basque2016 on Twitter.

May 2016

Evidence based policymaking for sustainable cities

The EU Urban Agenda, Nature Based Solutions and Green Infrastructure
31 May 2016, 09:00 - 17:00
Utrecht, Netherlands
This workshop aims for strengthening synergies between the EU Urban Agenda, the EU research agenda on Nature Based Solutions and the potential of Urban Green Infrastructure. We will show and discuss the potential of using spatially explicit data for evidence based local policymaking. Thus enhancing the awareness for and acceptance of nature based solutions and green infrastructure in the local policy arena.

The Netherlands and the European Commission/JRC have recently carried out a study amongst some EU member States on the policies, data and indicators that are currently used at a local level regarding Green Infrastructure. We also inventoried the needs that local communities/cities express with regards to urban green infrastructure. On May 31 we will present the results of our study, whose main objective is to draw lessons on how to map urban green infrastructure and ecosystem services, with a view to ease their inclusion in policy setting. We want to discuss with you how to build further on these results.

We want to bring cities and other relevant stakeholders (policy-makers, urban planners, landscape architects, etc.) throughout Europe together to exchange knowledge and experience. In order to feed the results of our findings in the networks of cities, national governments and science.

The workshop “Evidence based policy making for sustainable cities” will be hosted by the city of Utrecht and the government of The Netherlands, in close cooperation with the European Commission, in the light of the Dutch EU presidency in 2016.

4th Annual Conference for Crisis Management and Disaster Response Interagency Interaction

31 May - 1 June 2016
Sofia, Bulgaria
Marinela Hote
CMDR COE conducted its fourth annual conference for Crisis Management and Disaster Response Interagency Interaction from 31st May to 02nd June in Marinela Hotel in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The annual event brought together subject matter experts, researchers and educators, planners and developers, advisers and various actors working in the crisis management and disaster response domain in order to promote a lively debate on relevant issues.

June 2016

EUCONCIP: European Cooperation Network on Critical Infrastructure Protection

8 - 9 June 2016
Brussels, Belgium
The EUCONCIP Final Conference was held on June 8th and 9th in Brussels, at the Renaissance Hotel – Rue du Parnasse 19, focusing on Critical Infrastructure and Emergency Management as well as on EUCONCIP activities

Resilient Regions in Europe: paradigm and practical experiences

13 - 14 June 2016
Bilbao, Spain
TECNALIA and the Spanish and European Technology Platforms on Industrial Safety & Security PESI-ETPIS, in cooperation with the Ministry of Security of the Basque Government and the Council of Bilbao, and the European Regions and Technology Partners in Consortium and MIRACLE project, with the support of the European Commission, are pleased to invite you to the Conference:

This event is mainly focused on the different approaches and practical experiences on Resilience deployed by a significant selection of innovative European Regions after various research projects funded locally or by the European Commission to improve CIP (critical infrastructure protection) and resilience of essential services in EU.

You’ll have the opportunity to share with other participants and the CIP & Resilient community (main stakeholders: regional and local governments, LEAs, utilities’ operators, integrators, research centres & academia, etc.) an overview of strategies, tools, organization models and practical issues when developing on-the-ground Resilience approaches in a European Region. Then, you can meet representatives from all these experts with sound Resilience projects undergoing, in order to exchange ideas with the aim of paving the way for future cooperation.

5th Informed Cities Forum

16 - 17 June 2016
Dresden, Germany
The 5th edition of the Informed Cities Forum will take place in ICLEI member Dresden (Germany) from 16-17 June 2016, bringing together urban leaders and changemakers from across Europe. As an urban area that has consistently rebuilt itself following political and natural crises, Dresden is the natural choice to host. Participants at the event will represent different sectors and perspectives, allowing for a rich learning experience and exciting debates.

Building on the discussions held in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), the 2016 edition will address some of the most pressing questions when it comes to urban sustainability transitions: How to increase the pace of change and yet leave no one behind? How to find allies and where to look for them? And how to bridge different worldviews and deal with conflicts?

As well as local and national government representatives, researchers and experts, the forum will also invite artists and educators, activists and business representatives. Participation is free of charge and registration will open soon. The 5th Informed Cities Forum is organised by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, and DRIFT, on behalf of all partners of the ARTS project consortium.

For more information, visit the official website or contact








This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 653569.