Raise awareness of sustainable energies and/ or efficient energy use

Present new technologies,
innovations or solutions

Open discussion on business
models innovations

Smart city new technologies,
innovations, solutions and business models


Smart City for All challenges will be discussed. The European cities of Guimarães, Vilnius, Thessaloniki, Weimar, Timisoara, Koper and Trieste share views, strategies and challenges. Citizen-centric Smart City urban transformation agendas will be presented. Guimarães, Vilnius, Thessaloniki, Weimar, Timisoara, Koper and Trieste form the DREAM consortium under which European Capitals of Culture, European Cities of Science and UNESCO world-heritage sites share Smart City commitments and challenges.

Participation: This event welcomes all stakeholders willing to be part of a common citizencentric SmartCity commitment for more open, desirable and sustainable urban futures. Have a say on the topics open for discussion during the session debate. The event is held in Brussels during the European Union Week of Cities and Regions open to all participants under specific registration [registration by email to Ms. Paula Peiró, paula.peiro@irradiare.com].


DREAM Smart Cities’ strategies addressed 12 urban challenges and transformative projects.


Prepares smart urban districts for 100% renewables energy and fully exploit the ICT based solutions to foster new technologies, business, and financing models to be integrated in cities’ energy infrastructure, supply, storage, demand and service.


Procures new solutions to enhance public realm enjoyment experience, which may range from preparing urban space for new activities, community originated initiatives, urban service local business, local commerce friendly environment, enhanced interactiveness and rised open-air comfort, usability and safety standards.


Envisages convergent climate change mitigation and adaptation measures for urban environment, such as modulating local central city micro-climate through shadowing, sprinkling and excess heat management, better managing urban nature, protecting urban biodiversity and better planning, innovating and managing of urban supply and demand dimensions for reduced climate related impacts, namely on basis of new uses for ICT platforms.


Aims at promoting coordinated development and management of urban water value along the water-management cycle, strongly founding business models for water use sustainability and better combining water cycle with other areas of urban management such as nature protection, local micro-climate modulation, flood protection, run-off areas, heat distribution, and safety – on several dimensions from fire to landsliding – namely on basis of more extensively used ICT tools.


Envisages changing urban light landscapes by fully using illumination (instead of mere lighting) and new technology opportunities, use of innovations on colour modulations and other lighting features, and generating new ambiances to sustain the transformation of city functions, the better efficiency of energy use, the stronger integration of street-light and other significant local energy grid balancing of demand, storage and supply.


Adopts a clear vision of increasing articulation between science and decision making – both at public authority and private investment levels – enhanced involvement of citizens with their cities’ cultural environment, disseminating benefits and added-value of virtualization (of both urban services and built environment), higher impact of information projection, better capability of transforming digital information models and science-based capability of understanding, predicting and optimising city scale phenomena.


Aims at expanding offer of diverse, integrated and shared mobility offers, structures and services, and as such better adapting to fully serve evolving, expanding and particularizing demand of mobility and transportation as requested to keep cities of the future both sustainable and in motion, and make possible to all citizens fully exploiting all urban services and totally enjoying urban adventure.

Data (ICT)

Relates to the ICT IoT Urban Platform that supports the span of data / information / knowledge / artificial intelligence layers that support innovative urban services and operating models that support all other transformative projects, all under an efficiency oriented, open, secure, interoperable, interconnected, ubiquitous and evolving digital environment.


Is aimed at preparing cities to the emerging economic paradigms, such as new industry 4.0 models, and new economy oriented urban entrepreneurship, new urban businesses, new creativity based sectors, new work and production collaborative models, new informal work environments, new needs of reducing commuting and new terms of productive fabric integration into urban environment.


Envisages procuring technologies, solutions, schemes, services, formats, and models that may converge to making urban housing both better adapted to evolving needs of urban life and better benefiting from new options related technologies, systems and innovations available to be incorporated into more efficient housing offers, under both new or retrofitted buildings and making more intensive use of ICT solutions and platforms.


Aims at optimising circular management of materials and economic revaluation of urban waste as improved ICT can have big impacts within this sector, namely at level of sorting at waste recycling centres, as well as division of materials between metallic, glass, plastic, paper and organic and saving costs and impacts of urban waste management activities and systems.


Relates the citizen to the added urban value generated by all other transformative projects, sustains the development of human centric solutions and validates the social return of smart cities investment, and more broadly paradigm, namely on community’s cohesion, integration, dialog, empowerment, education, entrepreneurship, culture and ability to fruit and enjoy the urban life of the future.


 October 13th 2017

 08:30 – 09:30 Registration and Coffee

 09:30 – 09:45 Opening address H.E. Ambassador Gilberto Jerónimo, Representative to the Political and Security Committee

 09:45 – 10:00 Keynote speaker Prof. Maria da Graça Carvalho

 10:00 – 10:15 DREAM SmartCity for All Eng. Marcos António Nogueira

 10:15 – 10:30 City of Guimarães Mr. Ricardo Costa, City Councillor; Dr. Sérgio Gonçalves, Advisor

 10:30 – 10:45 Coffee-break

 10:45 – 11:00 City of Thessaloniki Arch. Lina Liakou, Vice-mayor; Ing. Lazaros Panagiotidis, Administrator

 11:00 – 11:15 City of Vilnius Mr. Povilas Poderskis, Advisor to the Mayor

 11:15 – 11:30 City of Timișoara MSc Dan Diaconu, Vice-mayor

 11:30 – 11:45 City of Trieste Mr. Maurizio Bucci, City Deputy Mayor; Ms. Carlotta Cesco Gaspere, Administrator

 11:45 – 12:00 City of Koper Ms. Ivana Štrkalj, Administrator

 12:00 – 12:15 City of Bristol Ms. Hibaq Jama, City Councillor

 12:15 – 12:30 Sharing cities/ Eurocities Ms. Rebecca Portail, Advisor

 12:30 – 12:45 European Commission Dr. Jens Bartholmes, Policy-officer

 12:45 – 13:00 Debate Address by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uwe Plank-Wiedenbeck, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

                         Chairman Mr. Richard Tuffs, ERRIN Special advisor


Maria da Graça Carvalho

Maria da Graça Carvalho is member of European Commission's Scientific Advice Unit. She was advisor European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, principal advisor to the President of the European Commission and Member of the European Parliament from 2009 to 2014.
In 2012 Maria da Graça Carvalho was rapporteur for Horizon 2020 Programme and in 2011 awarded the Prize for best MEP in Research and Innovation. Maria da Graça Carvalho was Science and Education Minister of the 15th Constitutional Government and Science, Innovation and Education Minister of the 16th Constitutional Government. Maria da Graça Carvalho main research area is Energy, Environment and Climate Change, being professor at Technical Institute of the Lisbon University since june 1992.
Maria da Graça Carvalho was a founder member of the Engineering Academy and fellow of the Academy of Sciences and member of the Spanish Royal Engineering Academy. She was awarded the honour «Grande Oficial da Ordem de Instrução Pública» by His Excellency the President of the Republic Jorge Sampaio and honorary Member of Academia Europaea.

Jens Bartholmes

Jens Bartholmes works at the European Commission DG Energy and is leading the Smart Cities team of the Directorate for Renewables, Research and Innovation and Energy Efficiency.
He is in charge of the H2020 Energy Work Programme for Smart Cities and Communities.

Richard Tuffs

Richard Tuffs is currently Senior Advisor in ERRIN after being the director of the ERRIN network of more than 120 regions from October 2010 to August 2017. Richard has been involved in numerous EU projects such as science communication, Future Internet, Smart Specialisation, regional innovation, smart cities, territorial planning and eco-innovation and rapporteur for the European Commission expert group on the Capital of Innovation prize.
Richard has a degree in geography and social sciences and master’s degrees in town planning, applied linguistics and business administration. Richard Tuffs has been awarded the EURADA Christiane Bom Award 2017 for fostering regional economic development.

Dan Diaconu

Dan Diaconu is the vice mayor of the City of Timisoara, for the second term. He graduated from Politehnica University of Timisoara, with a master in Computer Science in 2000, and followed training in the fields of Project Management, Organisational Management, Security, Diplomacy and Foreign Policy. Having an experience of almost 20 years in the NGO sector, mainly in student, youth, culture and social areas.
He coordinates the education, health, environment, communication and culture departments of the City of Timisoara. In the last 5 years, Dan Diaconu supervised the building of the main strategies of the city in the field of urban development, mobility, environment and energy, as well as the 10-year cultural strategy.

Hibaq Jama

Hibaq Jama was first elected Councillor in Bristol in 2013 to the ward of Lawrence Hill. Arriving first to Britain at the age of two with her father as a refugee from Somaliland, she went on to university to study law, specialising as a human rights lawyer.
She has worked in both the legal and the voluntary sector industry in Bristol prior to joining politics. As a Councillor now into her second term she chairs the Licensing Committee which oversees the practice of licensed businesses throughout Bristol. Councillor Hibaq Jama is now Bristol's International Trade and Investment Ambassador.

Ivana Štrkalj

Ivana Štrkalj graduated in diplomacy and international relations. She began her career in Mehano d.o.o. toys factory, inside the marketing and innovation department. Since 2006 she has been employed at the Municipality of Koper (MOK). From the very beginning she covers the role of International projects'manager by coordinating the various organizational units of the city administration to participate in projects co-financed by European funds.
In last years she has been very active in projects with environmental, urban mobility and spatial planning impact. Recently she has been very involved in the process of establishing and implementing the mechanism of integrated territorial investments in the Republic of Slovenia.

Lina Liakou

Lina Liakou is Deputy Mayor in Urban Resilience and Development Planning for the municipality of Thessaloniki since 2016 responsible for the operational and strategy plan of the city and for the coordination of all EU funding streams. Lina is also responsible for the implementation of the Resilience Strategy of Thessaloniki in the context of the city’s participation in the ‘100 Resilient Cities initiative pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation”.
Lina is designing and implementing for the first time in the city a bottom up and inclusive methodology in order to built city’s resilience in different themes such as environment, economy and social cohesion.

Marcos António Nogueira

Master in Mechanical Engineering, Energy. As a researcher in the field of mathematical modeling, was the author of a substantial number of publications and systems used by international industry groups.
As a consultant, support the development of a significant number of public, national, local and regional entities with special emphasis on innovative models, programs and platforms for cities and regions. Managing partner, IrRADIARE Science for Evolution.

Maurizio Bucci

Currently Trieste City Deputy Mayor for tourism, European projects, subsidiary companies and advocacy. Elected in Trieste City Council since 1992; 2001-2006 Deputy Mayor for Tourism and economic development; 2006-2008 Deputy Mayor for town planning, environment, transport and tourism.
2008-2013 Regional Councillor and ViceChairman of the regional Committee on transport, environment and infrastructure. 1992-2008 Trieste Port Committee member, he has been dealing with port, airport, railways, public transport, water mains and drainage systems. Government delegate for Italy-China relations.

Povilas Poderskis

Currently Advisor to the Mayor of Vilnius City since 2015.
Director and co-founder of Kompiuteriukų paramos fondas, studied Electronics and Telecommunication in Kaunas University Tecnhology.

Rebecca Portail

Rebecca Portail is a projects support officer at EUROCITIES, the major network of cities in Europe.
She works on several smart cities projects including Sharing Cities and the EUROCITIES led Green Digital Charter. She is involved in the EUROCITIES Knowledge Society forum, which promotes peer-learning between cities on ICT. She has a degree in Law and Political Science and a masters in International Relations. Her master thesis focused on the “Europeanisation of cyber security” (2015).

Ricardo Costa

Currently councillor of Municipality of Guimarães, since 2013. Areas of responsibility: Finance, Public Procurement, Financing, Smart Cities, Heritage and Information Systems. BA in Philosophy and Enterprise Development at the Catholic University. Postgraduate in Finance and Taxation (Faculty of Economics, University of Porto).
MBA in General Management Companies (EUDEM - School of Spanish Business). Was manager at Banco BPI, having previously played roles in the Portuguese Business Bank, having joined the Millenium BCP 20 years. Is Chairman of the Board of Taipas Turitermas, President of the Social Center Padre Manuel Joaquim Sousa - IPSS and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of CART.

Uwe Plank-Wiedenbeck

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uwe Plank-Wiedenbeck, head of the Professorship for Traffic Systems Planning at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.



Guimarães is a city and municipality located in northern Portugal, in the district of Braga. Its historic town center is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guimarães is regarded as the birth place of Portugal and this extensive history is reflected in the variety of national monuments and historic buildings found within the city.
The city still has a harmonious, well-preserved heritage that is evident in the graceful iron verandas, granite balconies and porticos, mansions, arches connecting the narrow streets, paving slabs smoothed by time, towers and cloisters.


Thessaloniki is the second largest city of Greece and the most important center of the area. Built near the sea, it is a modern metropolis bearing the marks of its stormy history and its cosmopolitan character, which give it a special beauty and charm.
Thessaloniki is Greece's second major economic, industrial, commercial and political center; it is a major transportation hub for Greece and southeastern Europe, notably through the Port of Thessaloniki. The city is renowned for its festivals, events and vibrant cultural life in general, and is considered to be Greece's cultural capital.


Vilnius is located in the southeast part of Lithuania and is the second largest city in the Baltic states. Vilnius is also known for the architecture in its Old Town, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. Vilnius is the major economic center of Lithuania and one of the largest financial centers of the Baltic states.
There are growing local advanced solar and laser technologies manufacturers centers, such as photovoltaic elements and renewable energy producers, high performance lasers manufacturers, biotechnological manufacturers which successfully supply their products into global markets.


Timisoara is the second largest city in Romania and situated near the Western border of the country. The main priority for the Municipality of Timisoara is to develop mobility and transport in the city and in particular, to improve public transport (trams, buses and trolleybuses) both local and peri-urban by increasing the reliability and quality of the existing public transport system and to introduce new public transport services.
The charm of this city, settled on the northern bank of the Bega River, lies in its distinct architectural character and vibrant cultural life. Frequently referred to as "Little Vienna," Timisoara is home to year-round musical and theatrical performances, art galleries, museums and a buzzing nightlife. A progressive, cosmopolitan place, Timisoara was the first city in Europe and second in the world after New York, to use electricity to illuminate its public streets.


Weimar is a city in the federal state of Thuringia, Germany. Weimar is well known because of its large cultural heritage and its importance in German history. Many places in the city center have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites (either as part of the Weimar Classicism complex or as part of the Bauhaus complex) and tourism is one of the leading economic sectors of Weimar.
Due to its tradition as a capital, Weimar is a center of governmental services to date. Furthermore, creative branches like media, advertising, architecture and design are important for Weimar's economy.


Bristol is the largest city in South West England with a growing and diverse population currently estimated at 454,200. It is home to globally recognised clusters in the creative and digital, hi tech, low carbon, aerospace, advanced engineering and professional services sectors, as well as 2 world-class universities. In 2015, Bristol became the first city in the UK to become European Green Capital and was selected to be one of the 100 Rockefeller Resilient Cities.
As well becoming a sustainable city, Bristol is a leading Smart City. It has been awarded the status of UK Future Demonstrator and has a growing international reputation, which resulted in winning the Guangzhou Urban Innovation Prize in 2014 and European Lighthouse Smart City project in 2015. Working with fellow lead cities Florence and San Sebastian, REPLICATE aims to demonstrate integrated energy, mobility and ICT smart city solutions in city districts.


Trieste is the capital of the autonomous region Friuli Venezia Giulia, which is located in the north-eastern corner of Italy, neighbouring Austria, Slovenia and the Adriatic See. Trieste has an important seaport but its special asset is its capacity to welcome international high tonnage cruise ships in front of the city’s main square.
Trieste is known as “the City of Science”, because, apart the University, there are many scientific organizations, such as the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, the International School for Advanced Studies, the synchrotron laboratory, the Technology Park AREA Science and actually Trieste has just been appointed as European Science Capital 2020 and the benefits of the Euro Science Open Forum for the local area will be tremendous especially for the Old Port Area which will host the ESOF Headquarters. The city is highly committed to experiment innovation solutions for the whole urban pattern acting as a living lab for the most challenging and cutting edge research outcomes.


Koper is located in the northern Istrian peninsula in the Republic of Slovenia in the Obalno-kraška region. More than half of the population lives in the urban centre and suburban areas while the hinterland is more sparsely populated. The old historic city centre of Koper used to be an island, populated since ancient times. The city had an important regional role during the middle ages when it was, for the difference of Trieste, part of the Venetian republic (13th – 18th century).
The historic city centre as a whole preserved its Venetian heritage with numerous palaces and monuments and picturesque streets. One of important factors that differs the Municipality of Koper from other public bodies in Slovenia is its interdisciplinary approach with cross-cutting activities. Synergies are being used in numerous activities that combine the promotion of social inclusion with different projects for the support of SMEs, youth programs and event management with tourism.


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