Raise awareness of sustainable energies and/ or efficient energy use;

Present new technologies,
innovations or solutions;

Open discussion on business
models innovations;

Present smart city partnership
through new technologies, innovations, solutions and business models;


Smart City innovation challenges will be discussed. The European cities of Guimarães, Vilnius, Thessaloniki, Weimar, Timisoara and Salamanca share views, strategies and challenges. Citizencentric Smart City urban transformation agendas will be presented. Guimarães, Vilnius, Thessaloniki, Weimar, Timisoara and Salamanca 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].

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The following Smart City innovation topics are open for discussion during the session debate:

- How to build bridges between culture, science, heritage, legacy, technology and sustainability under innovative Smart City open models?
- How to place citizen in the centre of urban transformative challenges, projects and Smart City actions?
- How to build interfaces between Smart Cities and citizens?
- How to develop and fund Smart City concepts into actual implementation?
- How to view Smart Cities paradigm as a fertile ground for urban open innovation?
- How to develop new governance and business models for scale-up, replication and uptake of smart city innovation?
- How to use Smart City innovation to respond to needs of more environment friendly and climate responsible heat, cold and power supply in cities?
- How to better manage public realm, and reduce presence of vehicles in cities, considering all pressures from mobility, leisure, environment, supply, culture and urban living?
- How to use Smart City innovation to curb pollution levels and improve urban environment quality, namely progressing on electrification?
- How to maximize distributed renewable energy and storage smart grids at positive buildings, block and district level in Smart Cities?
- How may competitiveness and productivity enhancement opportunities emerge – for urban management, business, services and citizens – from growing Smart City interconnection capabilities?
- How to build innovative digital agendas and open science roadmaps as part of Smart Cities strategies?
- How open science, innovation, change and citizens are part of Smart City transformation and governance paradigm?
- How big data-driven mathematical models may support predictive management of urban transformations, enable cognitive layers and support Smart City governance?
- How to develop Smart City oriented financial cost structure and business models for successful research, development, deployment and market uptake of smart systems, namely energy, transportation and IoT?
- How to develop market, utilities and stakeholders improved acceptance of Smart Cities service-based business models?
- How to explore opportunities from highly configurable LEDs on basis of dynamic, interconnected, multidimensional, autonomous and efficient smart lighting systems as part of creative illumination cityscapes?
- How to respond to the individual mobility demand under the context of open, diversified, interfaced, connected, highly intermodal transportation systems?
- How to develop smart grid citizen-centric architectures deployment, namely considering standard, practice, regulatory and legal environments evolution under Smart Cities environment?
- How to insert new autonomous, distributed, critical, open, interconnected systems in Smart Cities considering standardization challenges, opportunities and barriers?
- How to place the urban digital platform at core of Smart City agenda, as a system of systems interconnecting interoperable smart-compatible evolving sub-systems and technologies under sustainable, reliable, reconfigurable, robust, affordable, holistic approaches and requirements?
- How monitoring technologies, with embedded, attached, remote and interconnected sensors, can support innovative urban asset management systems, delivering value, opportunities, functionalities and added urban value for citizens and business?
- How to manage large volumes of IoT originated data, information and knowledge under a timely manner to extract knowledge and value and respond to smart city modelling and artificial intelligence challenges and opportunities?
- How Smart Cities may be better able to deliver their responsibility to citizens in safety, environment, functionality, economic potential?
- How to develop more equitable, just, free, open, safe, rich, clean, inclusive, creative, lively, cohesive, cult, educated, healthy, happy, desirable and Smarter Cities?

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

 09:30 – 09:45 Opening address H.E. Ambassador Nuno Brito, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the EU

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

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

 10:15 – 10:30 City of Guimarães Dr. Ricardo Costa, City Councillor

 10:30 – 10:45 Coffee-break

 10:45 – 11:00 City of Thessaloniki Arch. Lina Liakou, Vice-mayor

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

 11:15 – 11:30 City of Weimar Dr. Peter Kleine, Mayor

 11:30 – 11:45 City of Timișoara MSc Dan Diaconu, Vice-mayor

 11:45 – 12:00 City of Salamanca Representative of the City of Salamanca [to be designated]

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

 12:15 – 12:30 European Commission Dr. Jens Bartholmes

 12:30 – 13:00 Debate Moderator Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uwe Plank-Wiedenbeck, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar


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 is also a Board Member of the Civil Honorary Order.

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.

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.

Peter Kleine

2011-2013 First speaker, later head of department in the Thuringian Ministry of Finance with the focus on municipal financial compensation; Member of the advisory board for municipal finances.
Since 01-04-2013 mayor of the city Weimar.

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.

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.

Representative of the City of Salamanca [to be designated]

[Speaker's short biography (750 char) to be included]


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