EDF Meeting Florence 27-29 March 2019

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We are pleased to invite you to the Spring Economic Development Forum taking place in Florence from 27 to 29 March 2019. The theme of the forum will be "The role of European local innovation ecosystems in creating sustainable future of EU".


The pace of change in cities in recent years is not expected to slow down.  The disruption brought by innovation to urban economic systems has been enormous. Instead of reacting to this trend, cities are reclaiming their role as co-creator and co-designer of societal innovation. This requires an active role of the cities’ leaders in rethinking the way innovation takes place. For this to happen, cities must allow the development of an ecosystem that enables the governance of the multitude forces of change, towards a common vision of Sustainable Development.


Only with a functioning ecosystem can citizen’s idea translate into projects and experimentations that can benefit everyone: the community’s support and feedback can only strengthen these ideas, leading to scalable and successful innovation. City planners must enable the development of strategic partnerships, facilitating the involvement and cooperation with both public and private actors. To reach long-term socio-economic and environmental goals and achieve Cities must lead the way. 


The EDF in Florence was a chance to come together and discuss how new business models, new methods of participation and co-creation of innovations, stronger and more agile institutions, innovation ecosystem local champions, and better cities involvement for better regulations, can all contribute to the development of a stronger European Innovation ecosystem.


At the end of the page you will find the agenda together with other documents used during the forum. 


Here you can find the minutes of the Plenary and the Business and Steering Commitee meetings and here below all the presentations of the Plenary and Business meeting:




EDF Business Meeting:


   EDF_Practical_Information_Florencedownload/preview this file
    EDF_Study_Visits_download/preview this file
    Jobs_ans_Skills_Partership__info_package_before_business_meetingdownload/preview this file
    Agenda_of_Business_meeting___1_download/preview this file
    Agenda_EDF_meeting_Florencedownload/preview this file
    Final_Agenda_City_Brandingdownload/preview this file
    Agenda_-Joint_Meeting_Innovation_Entrepreneurshipdownload/preview this file
    Minutes_EDF__Plenariesdownload/preview this file
    Minutes__EDF__Business_Meeting_and__Steering_Comitteedownload/preview this file
    Concept_of_Innovation_City_Lab_-_presentation_AOdownload/preview this file
    Presentation_at_EUROCITIES_Panel_debate_-_DG_RTD_high-level_group_innovating_citiesdownload/preview this file
    Urban_Innovation_Esteve_compresseddownload/preview this file
    0_Intro_Slide___Day_AgendaSlide_Panel_Debatedownload/preview this file
    2Andr__Sobczal_Paneldownload/preview this file
    3EDFpanel_Santtu_von_Bruundownload/preview this file
    4Javier_GOMEZ_JRC_270319download/preview this file
    5Presentation_at_EUROCITIES_Panel_debate_DG_RTD_high-level_group_innovating_citiesdownload/preview this file
    6Concept_of_Innovation_City_Lab__presentation_AOdownload/preview this file
    Survey_Results_Finaldownload/preview this file
    Draft_EUROCITIES_EDF_Innovation_City_Lab_inputs_on_Sustainable_Innovation_Ecosystems__SIE_download/preview this file
    FoEC_forum_presentation_spring_2019-_final_download/preview this file
    Urban_Agenda_Partnership_JS_EDF_for_business_meetingdownload/preview this file
    presentation_Buissness_meeting_policy_update_EUROCITIESdownload/preview this file
    Munich_October_2019download/preview this file
    EDF_strategy_2019-2021_update_January_2019_002___006_download/preview this file