Session for the Urban Innovative Actions cities (closed session)

Location: Noble Hall, Alfandega
Date: Thu, January 30
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Since 2015, UIA is the Urban Lab of Europe, providing EU urban areas with resources to test new and unproven solutions to address urban challenges. With 75 projects now ongoing, some of which completed, and a great wealth of knowledge and experiences already generated, the Cities Forum is the ideal occasion to gather all UIA cities and think together on the best ways to capitalise on ongoing experimentations of innovative solutions with a dedicated session addressing the UIA Knowledge Management Strategy.

Thematic capitalisation, capacity building, peer review and transfer of the UIA experience to the wider community of urban practitioners, in particular under Cohesion policy, are the main components of this strategy which will provide a valuable testbed to explore potential mechanisms to be embedded in the value chain of the future European Urban Initiative. The session will be the platform for UIA cities to discuss and contribute to the Knowledge Management Strategy, specifically on the peer-review and transfer activities.

Building the community of innovative cities, sharing new stories and getting inspired are the key mantras for this gathering.

This session is only open to UIA cities and projects’ management teams.

Chair: Tim Caulfield, Director, Urban Innovative Actions

09.30 – 10.00

Welcome coffee and registration

10.00 – 10.10

Introduction to the session and who is in the room

Tim Caulfield, Director, Urban Innovative Actions

10.10 – 10.20

Key note speech on UIA state of play, impact and future. View of the European Commission

Normunds Popens, Deputy Director General, DG Regional and Urban Policy

10.20 – 10.35

Drawing lessons and sharing knowledge with other urban authorities across Europe, a key UIA task. Key objectives of the Knowledge Management Strategy

Anne Wetzel, Hauts-de-France Regional Council, Entrusted Entity

Tim Caulfield, Director, Urban Innovative Actions

10.35 – 10.45

UIA cities: Knowledge Management activities, implementation challenges, peer-review and transfer

Introduction to the next part of the programme

Raffaele Barbato, project Coordinator, Urban Innovative Actions

10.45 – 12.20

UIA Cities: shaping peer-review and transfer activities

During this session, cities will exchange on the challenges pre-selected with the thematic expert, define the crosscutting questions to structure peer-review and transfer activities and to share experiences and needs.

Cities will group per topics. Each group will be moderated by a thematic expert.

Indicative timing:

- Discussion 30’

- Coffee Break 15’

- Discussion 30’

- Harvesting by Experts 20’

Experts + officers

12.20 – 12.30

What’s next?

Raffaele Barbato, project Coordinator, Urban Innovative Actions

Parallel Workshop

Noble Hall