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30 September 2015

Agenda launch aims to make national-level research available across Europe

The Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Urban Europe, a member state-led initiative that reviews national research programmes and finds avenues for cooperation with European ones, yesterday presented its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), which will help cities to tackle complex challenges and become more sustainable. The launch took place during the conference “Transition towards sustainable and liveable urban futures” in Brussels (Belgium), which runs from 29 - 30 September 2015. ICLEI Europe Regional Director Wolfgang Teubner will speak at the event.

Cities throughout Europe are increasing their efforts to become more sustainable by developing smart cities strategies, aimed at enhancing inclusiveness and building economic growth and resilience. However, there is no consistent model that helps to merge conflicting priorities and tackle unforeseen consequences. The SRIA aims to meet this need and is the result of a two year process involving research communities, funding agencies, the business sector, cities and city stakeholders throughout Europe.

Through the SRIA, more than 15 European countries are committing to align national research funding and investments in urban development to support European cities in their transition processes. “We have the ambition to realise a strong cooperation between researchers from different scientific disciplines and actors from different sectors and to develop new concepts, tools, technologies and methods for urban decision making and urban development”, says Inger Gustafsson, Vice-chair of the Urban Europe Governing board and Head of department at VINNOVA the Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems.

For more information, visit jpi-urbaneurope.eu.