Co-creation Q&A lab for smarter cities of tomorrow

Brussels, October 9th, 2019


October 9th, 2019 in Brussels, SmarTomorrow participatory lab will be launched as EWRC’s session, open for debate, dialog, partnering and co-creation.

Science, knowledge, data-driven innovation are critical to build-up climate friendly, environmentally responsible, socially valuable, citizen-centric cities. New challenges to design, create, procure and integrate solutions are emerging. This co-creation Q&A lab looks for new, fresh, positive and inspiring ideas!

The city of Vilnius, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University and IrRADIARE, Science for Evolution invite all public authorities, businesses, technologists, universities, researchers to discuss today's problems and potential solutions.

During this project lab, Smart City key-challenges such as: climate, energy, data, housing, (urban) space, water, waste, mobility, work, and people and community centric urban life are going to be discussed.

Besides with introductory addresses, floor is open to questions, debate and remarks from the audience. Project ideas are expected to target upcoming H2020 calls open to cities together with universities, research institutions and, in general, the innovation ecosystem. Please intervene, your views are very much welcome!

Topics for discussion are as follow:
(I) Digital technologies (II) Energy technologies (III) Mobility technologies
(IV) Urban environment (V) Social and cultural innovation

In order to provide participants with a lively overview of different cases, lessons and experiences, the presentations of invited speakers are limited to 10-15 min. Thus, most of the questions from the audience are expected to be asked during the debate part.

Strategic networking relates to the need to establish long term cooperation relations. That is often the case when urban governance, innovation, smartification are the topics and strengthening public policies’ scientific density. The room is open for networking after the Q&A lab.

The session includes an elected politician from the city of Vilnius, demonstrating the city’s strategy and plans for how to become smarter, more open, sustainable and innovative.


This Questions and Answers lab, being organised during EUWRC 2019 in Brussels, provides a unique meeting spot for smart city sectors and innovative ideas to gather.


Urban and regional authorities, Universities, entrepreneurial clusters, Brussels representatives of EU regions, Institutes and all interested parties interested in the topic of smart cities and communities are invited to participate.


IrRADIARE, Science for Evolution’s - European Office
IrRADIARE represents in Brussels a significant number of Portuguese entities among which cities, regions, municipalities, clusters and agencies.

In cooperation with:

City of Vilnius
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.

NTNU Smart Sustainable Cities
NTNU Smart Sustainable Cities is a cross-disciplinary knowledge cluster of architects, planners, designers, artists, engineering, ICT, social and economic sciences. Together, we offer open urban innovation, co-creation and decision support for people-centric smart sustainable cities, supporting public and private sector as well as civic society with a unique merger of transformative, technological, artistic and practice-based research. With urban living labs, public-private partnerships and integrated design thinking, the initiative supports cities in their ambition to truly become cities for people, cities of culture, green cities, digital cities and learning cities – in short, truly smart and sustainable. NTNU Smart Sustainable Cities coordinates amongst others the following projects and programmes: the +CityxChange smart city lighthouse project, the URBAN-EU-CHINA Innovation Platform on Sustainable Urbanisation, the EERA Joint Programme Smart Cities, the SiNoPSE Sino-Norwegian Partnership in Sustainable Energy and PI-SEC Planning Instruments for Smart Energy Communities.

Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU) is a leading higher education institution situated in Vilnius the capital of Lithuania. Established in 1956 VGTU is one of the biggest research universities in Lithuania with a focus on technologies and engineering and strong emphasis on university-business cooperation.


The participation in the session is free of charge but due to limited places, the registration is required.


Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

Committee of Regions
Atrium 6 / Jacques Delors Building
1000 Brussels

 09:15 – 09:25  Welcome and introductory address
                           Marcos António Nogueira, Moderator, Head of EU Office

 09:25 – 09:40  Annemie Wyckmans, Key-note address - Professor
                           and Head of NTNU Smart Sustainable Cities

 09:40 – 09:50  Vytautas Mitalas, Vice-Mayor of the City of Vilnius

 09:50 – 10:00  Carmen Carvalheira, Vice-President of the Region of Alentejo (CCDR)

 10:00 – 10:10  Antanas Čenys, Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation
                           Vilnius Gediminas Technical University

 10:10 – 10:40  Debate / Co creation session

 10:40 – 10:45  Wrap up address
                           Marcos Nogueira, Moderator, Head of EU Office

 10:45 – 11:30  Networking followed by closing remarks *

*Networking will take place at the networking station nº5 in front of room JDE 63 (very close to the Atrium 6)


Annemie Wyckmans

Professor and Head of NTNU Smart Sustainable Cities

Annemie Wyckmans is professor and leads NTNU Smart Sustainable Cities at NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Architecture and Design. Her main goal is to promote smart sustainable cities, through research, innovation and education. She leads several cooperation projects with public and private sector in Norway, EU and China. Annemie Wyckmans is project coordinator of the URBAN-EU-CHINA Innovation Platform of Sustainable Urbanisation, programme coordinator of the EERA Joint Programme Smart Cities (European Energy Research Alliance), project leader of SiNoPSE Sino-Norwegian Partnership in Sustainable Energy, and project leader of PI-SEC Planning Instruments for Smart Energy Communities. She has an MSc in Architectural Engineering from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, a PhD in Building Technology and a postdoctoral degree on education for environment-friendly architecture from NTNU.

Vytautas Mitalas

Vice Mayor

Vytautas Mitalas is Deputy Mayor of City of Vilnius from April 2019. Between 2015 and 2019, he was Member of the Council, Chairman Committee on Culture, Education and Sports, representing Liberal Movement. Mr. Mitalas holds Master’s degree of Public Policy Analysis and Bachelor Degree of Political Sciences, both from Vilnius University.

Carmen Carvalheira

CCDR Alentejo, Vice-President

Carmem Carvalheira is the Vice President of CCDR Alentejo (Alentejo Regional Coordination and Development Commission). Carmem Carvalheira holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Coimbra and a Master in Urban Engineering.

Antanas Čenys

Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation

Professor dr. Antanas Čenys is well known in Lithuania and abroad as excellent scientist as well as science manager. He defended Ph.D. thesis on semiconductor physics in 1983 and habilitation thesis on nonlinear dynamics in 1999. Antanas Čenys started his research carrier at Semiconductor Physics Institute (SPI) in 1978 and became chief research associate and chairman of Senate of SPI in 2001. Now Antanas Čenys is professor at Information Systems Department at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU). In 2006 he established and leads IT security laboratory at VGTU. From 2008 he was Dean of Faculty of Fundamental Sciences and in 2011 became Vice-Rector for Research responsible for doctoral studies at VGTU. At the moment professor dr. Antanas Čenys is the Chairman of the Science Committee of Lithuanian University Rector’s Conference and the member of the Doctoral Education Committee at Lithuanian Ministry of Science and Education. Professor Antanas Čenys worked as visiting researcher at NORDITA (Denmark), KFA Julich (Germany), Ecole Normale Superrieur in (France), EU JRC Institute of Perspective Technological Studies. He coordinated more than 10 EU and NATO research projects and published more than 150 scientific publications ( h-factor in Web of Science 15). In 1999 he received Lithuanian National Award of Science.

Marcos António Nogueira

IrRADIARE Science for Evolution, Managing partner
and EU Head Office in Brussels

Marcos António Nogueira is Managing Partner at IrRADIARE, Science for Evolution. He holds master of Mechanical Engineering, Energy. As a researcher in the field of mathematical modeling, he has authored numerous publications. As consultant, he was responsible for the design and development of systems used by international industrial groups and public authorities. Marcos Nogueira has led the development of a significant number of projects and programs for public entities, with special emphasis on cities and regions in Portugal and in other member states of the European Union.


David Luz

IrRADIARE, Science for Evolution
Senior Developer

David Luz works as Senior Developer at IrRADIARE, Science for Evolution, holding a Diploma in technical specialization in information systems programming from the Polytechnic institute of Setúbal. As Senior Developer, David is well established in the IT field, working over a number of digital platforms in a variety of creative areas, including making use of IoT and bigdata to develop solutions to solve a vast variety of problems, encircling ICT, SmartCities, co creation, co development, energy management, waste management, and plentiful others areas.

Valentina Russo

Alentejo EU office
Policy Office

Valentina Russo is working at IrRADIARE EU office in Brussels as a Policy Officer from January 2019. At IrRADIARE, Valentina is in charge of analysing and monitoring of EU research and Innovation Policies. She has a solid background in International Relation with a specific focus on Local Development with a master’s degree from University of Padua. She also followed Global Development Studies at University of Groningen (Netherlands) as an exchange student. Valentina’s interests are focus on regional development ,international relations, and interdisciplinary studies. Her main area of expertise is related to scanning information regarding EU policies, programme and funding, namely, those respecting to sustainable development of cities and regions. Besides several volunteer activities in the third sector, Valentina worked as a social educator in a social community care centre leading several group activities.


European Committee of the Regions

Atrium 6 / Jacques Delors Building

Rue Belliard 99, 1000 Brussels


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The city of Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania, Cultural Heritage and the city with balanced relationship between both urban and natural landscape. Vilnius, as Lithuania's largest city - and the second largest city in Baltic States has a total area of 401km2 and population of 542 366 inhabitants. City’s historic center, covering the area of 359.5 ha, was included to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994. Historic Center and its surroundings are composed by huge diversity towards construction of urban space and the buildings.
Vilnius has been following an integrated transport management approach and seeking the most suitable ITC solutions in order to improve its public transportation. A number of projects have improved the mobility of both citizens and city guests by launching new mobile’s application package named Smart Vilnius. This mobile ‘ticketing’ app allows commuters to buy tickets by using their phones, get the maps and checking timetables. Mobile parking app has start-stop function that allows users paying only for the exact time they parked and removes the hassle of finding the correct change for the parking meter. E-democracy tools, interactive map of the city, interactive energy classification map, mobile city applications, urban problems registry, e-services and centralized registration to preschool are the innovative projects that have been recently introduced in Vilnius, with the purpose of assembling a pack of measures in order to facilitate the relationship of citizens with the city. To involve citizens in decision-making processes, city’s government has introduced e-participation platforms. Through the official website of Vilnius, that was improved and developed, greater information on city’s agenda can be found, as well as the possibility of allowing citizens to express their opinions and make suggestions by interacting with the City Council members, preparing e-petitions and voting for council’s topics is now possible.
The Old Town of Vilnius was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994. In 2012, Vilnius has joined Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, submitting a Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAP) that was approved by the committee in 2013. Vilnius was awarded for Capital of Culture in 2009.

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Alentejo is a geographical, historical and cultural region of south central and southern Portugal.
Alentejo includes the regions of Alto Alentejo and Baixo Alentejo. It corresponds to the districts of Beja, Évora, Portalegre and the Alentejo Litoral. The main cities are: Évora, Beja, Serpa, Estremoz, Elvas and Portalegre. It has borders with Beira Baixa in the North, with Spain (Andalucia and Extremadura) in the east, with the Algarve in the South and with the Atlantic Ocean, Ribatejo and Estremadura in the West.

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Norwegian University of Science and Technology is a university with an international focus, with headquarters in Trondheim and campuses in Ålesund and Gjøvik. NTNU has a main profile in science and technology, a variety of programmes of professional study, and great academic breadth that also includes the humanities, social sciences, economics, medicine, health sciences, educational science, architecture, entrepreneurship, art disciplines and artistic activities.
NTNU has four strategic Research Areas in 2014–2023: Energy, Health, Oceans and Sustainability and three strategic initiatives in 2011–2020 in theenabling technologies Biotechnology, Digital and Nano. NTNU is hosting or partner in 35 large national research centres (centres of excellence, research-driven innovation and environmentally friendly energy) and participates in 126 Horizon 2020 projects and has 10 ERC grants. NTNU works in close collaboration with the research institution SINTEF, business and industry about research, innovation and education and smart cities.

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The City of Brussels is the largest municipality and historical centre of the Brussels-Capital Region, and the capital of Belgium.

Besides the strict centre, it also covers the immediate northern outskirts where it borders municipalities in Flanders.

The city officially became the Brussels-Capital Region in 1989, during the federalization of Belgium. Along with the much larger regions of Flanders and Wallonia, the Brussels - Capital Region constitutes one of the country’s three main political divisions.

It is the administrative centre of the European Union, thus often dubbed, along with the region, the EU's capital city. As the seat of the EU, Brussels is known as the “capital of Europe,” and its significance as a centre of international governance and business makes Brussels a true global city - a status shared with such metropolises as New York, London, Paris, and Tokyo.

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