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Countries across the world share a common interest in promoting a human-centred and environmentally-friendly urban development model that delivers clean, resource-efficient, socially fair, smart cities. The EU has increasingly supported actions in this field on a global scale including the International Urban Cooperation programme, IUC (2017-2020). The IUC has established a number of thematic networks for this cooperation. This workshop will examine the results of this cooperation regarding added value for public authorities and the private sector. It will also reflect on the effects of external shocks like the coronavirus crisis on cities in areas like public health and economic recovery, highlighting the added value of international cooperation. In three sessions, selected pairings from across the world will jointly present and make recommendations for the future.
Panel Session 1: Smart City & Digital Transition: China (Guangzhou) – India (Panaji-GOA) – EU (Barcelona, Spain)
Panel Session 2: Green Deal.Circular Economy & Energy Transition: Japan (Koriyama) – EU (Rome, Italy) – China (Chengdu)
Pablo Gandara, Team Leader, IUC Asia, Belgium. Hidefumi Imura, Team Leader, IUC Japan, Japan. Panagiotis Karamanos, Team Leader, IUC India, India.
Nelson Jorge, Team Leader, European Commission, Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI), Belgium. Dominnique LI, Managing Director, Guangzhou Global Star Investment LTD. Guangzhou Development District Foreign Affairs Office, China. Yii Liu, Deputy Director, Energy Internet Research Institute (EIRI), Chengdu, China. Sandra Marin Herbert, Coordinator, IUC Methodology Taskforce, Belgium. David Martínez, CEO, Municipal Institute of Urbanism, Spain. Patrick Maureli, Coordinator for GIS, BIM and Data Management, CITERA Sapienza University, Italy. R Niessler, Principal Advisor for International Relations, DG REGIO, European Commission, Belgium. Sanjit Rodrigues, Commissioner, Corporation of the City of Panaji, India. Betina Stollar, Programme Director for Asia-Pacific, Department of International Relations, Barcelona City Council, Spain. Yohei Watabane, Business Creation Division, City of Koriyama, Japan.
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The IUC team will participate at the 2nd Energy Internet International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summit.
Description (from the organiser EIRI)
With the goal of building an international industrial technology innovation system for the Energy Internet, we will gather global innovation and entrepreneurship resources such as industry leaders, well-known universities, well-known incubators, and investment institutions at home and abroad, and promote the integration and development of large and medium-sized enterprises in the energy Internet field. The General Office of the National Development and Reform Commission requested the relevant requirements of the “Notice of Organizing and Carrying out the Series of Activities of “Creating China” in 2020 (KXA Office Letter Qi Zi  No. 45)”, and coordinated development of various national innovation and innovation demonstration bases. The “Second Energy Internet International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summit” jointly organized by the Chengdu Management Committee of the New District and the Tsinghua Sichuan Energy Internet Research Institute will be held on October 15-17, 2020 at the Vanke Cloud City Convention Center in Chengdu, China.
The summit will focus on the international development opportunities of the energy Internet industry, build an industrial ecosystem of open sharing, cooperative innovation of the energy Internet, and discuss the transnational energy Internet industry and technology in the new situation around industrial innovation and landing, achievement transfer and transformation, and venture capital. Cooperation and future energy development trends.
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The city of Granada was granted with a competitive fund from the IUC Asia programme to run three thematic webinars on Smart City, Circular Economy and Biotech, with a common point of view: how to use blockchain technologies in their respective fields.
But also, there is another result from this project, the creation of an analog/digital disruptive own ecosystem, based in a platform to develop future joint projects on blockchain, involving the cities, research centers and companies participating in the webinars (who are current or former pilot cities of the IUC Programme).
A video under production will explain the objectives and goals to be implemented in the near future.
The main goal is to develop a digital environment to create a digital cluster with solid relationships for further/future cooperation of the participating cities. There are 3 axis of crossed participation: city councils, clusters (digital innovation hubs and companies) and the Academia.
Scope and objectives of the webinars:
These webinars will present the main challenges that represents blockchain technology in relation of the three fields of application, and will debate how to cooperate in order to find common solutions and/or the exchange of information or research in joint venture projects. The idea is to show the actual framework and state-of-art of blockchain in the participating cities.
Representatives from the Pilot Cities will debate and define future needs and concrete possibilities of cooperation. University researchers and professors. Members of the clusters involved in the territories of each one of the pilot cities. Representatives of companies of these cities working in blockchain developments. The IUC Asia managing team will also be invited.