Co-creation lab for the smarter cities of tomorrow

October 9th, 2019 in Brussels


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 smart solutions. New challenges to design, create, procure and integrate smart city solutions are emerging – the present co-creation action contributes to address those solutions.

The city of Vilnius, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University and IrRADIARE, Science for Evolution invite all local and regional authorities, interested businesses, technologists, universities, researchers to discuss today's problems and potential solutions for the cities to become better place for its citizens.

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.

After the presentations, debate and networking will be organised in order to open the floor to questions from the audience as well as giving the opportunity to share visions, concepts and strategies under the scope of smart cities. Project ideas to be debated are expected to target upcoming H2020 calls. The H2020 calls considered are the ones open to cities to participate together with universities, research institutions and, in general, the innovation ecosystem.

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 when wide time span projects are emerging from collaboration. That is often the case when urban governance, innovation, smartification are the topics and strengthening science density of public policies is under consideration. Strategic networking is a key objective of this project 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 project lab, being organised during EUWRC 2019 in Brussels, will provide a unique meeting spot for smart city sectors and innovative ideas to be gathered.

The event is also going to promote people’s overall awareness, understanding and critical reflection between inhabitants in different cities and the common goals they want to achieve to make their places better to live in. Through promoting social innovation, establishing partnerships and identifying business opportunities, the event is dedicated to creating a better future for cities and their citizens worldwide.


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.

With the collaboration of:

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.

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.


October 9th, 2019

Committee of Regions
Atrium 6 / JDE Building
1000 Brussels

 09:15 – 09:20  Welcome address and introduction of the Speakers
                           Marcos Nogueira, Head of Alentejo EU Office, Moderator

 09:20 – 09:35  Remigijus Šimašius, City of Vilnius, Mayor [to be confirmed]

 09:35 – 09:50  Carmen Carvalheira, CCDRAlentejo, Vice- President

 09:50 – 10:05  [Speaker to be confirmed], Smart Sustainable Cities, NTNU

 10:05 – 10:20  Asta Radzevičienė, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Vice-Rector for Strategic Partnership

 10:20 – 10:40  Debate / Co creation session

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

 10:45 – 11:30  Networking

Remigijus Šimašius

City of Vilnius, the Mayor

Remigijus Šimašius is a Lithuanian lawyer and politician, member of Seimas (2012–2015), Minister of Justice (2008–2012), Mayor of Vilnius since 2015. He graduated from the Faculty of Law at Vilnius University. In 2002 he received a Ph.D. from the same faculty. From 2006 to 2008 he was President of the Lithuanian Free Market Institute. He then became the Minister of Justice until 2012. In April 2015, he became a mayor of the capital. Priorities in its development program are education, infrastructure and debt reduction.

Carmen Carvalheira

CDSR 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.

Asta Radzevičienė

Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Vice-Rector
for Strategic partnership

Asta Radzevičienė is a Vice-Rector for Strategic partnership at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University responsible for cooperation with business and academic organisations, international development strategy and university outreach. Practitioner and researcher in higher education management and internationalisation, an author of 20 scientific publications in this field. Her research interests range from strategic management and internationalisation of HEIs to human resource management, networking in business and HE, internationalisation of SMEs.

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.


Committee of Regions

Atrium 6 / JDE Building
1000 Brussels


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