innovation

“Innovation is not just about product development: it is about how our society changes and improves” Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission

‘Innovation’ describes the process of producing and putting into place something new, be it a product or process. An innovation is therefore the end output of the process of innovation.

Often, economic growth is the main incentive for innovation. Innovative societies are also developing solutions to challenges such as climate change and tackling inequalities. 

Cities and their partners facilitate technological, market-based innovation, as well as leading the ‘public’ and ‘social’ innovation that is key to Europe’s global competitiveness. Cities provide the critical mass of markets, consumers and businesses to serve as laboratories of growth and innovation.

Municipal administrations are both innovators and supporters of innovation. On the one hand, their infrastructure and services - business incubators, research and development clusters, adult learning, or local partnerships - are conducive to innovation. Similarly, they are able to drive forward innovation by exercising their powers, for example, though stringent urban planning policies that ensure new approaches to housing, or procurement calls that favour new approaches to product design.

On the other hand, city administrations are innovators themselves. They adapt their work and services to respond to changing circumstances. By drawing on local intelligence, cities can develop entirely new solutions to challenges, such as healthcare or transport congestion.

We believe that cities should be placed at the heart of the EU’s Innovation Union and the accompanying ‘innovation partnerships’, and be well-placed to participate in key programmes such as Horizon2020.

  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

Launch of the innovation fund, the fund for innovative low carbon technologies

The Innovation Fund is one of the world’s largest funding programmes for demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies.

news

publication date: 22-08-2019

  •  cooperation

event

start date: 20-09-2019
end date: 21-09-2019

Sharing Cities Trade Show event

The Greater London Authority presents the Sharing Cities ‘trade show’ event. Sharing Cities has delivered proven financial, social and environmental benefits in each of its test cities. The project partners want to share their learning, business models and innovative methods of financing with participants to the event in order to replicate this success elsewhere.

event

start date: 25-09-2019
end date: 25-09-2019

  •  economy

event

start date: 16-10-2019
end date: 16-10-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

EUROCITIES secretary general among the top experts selected to define Horizon Europe mission

Anna Lisa Boni has been selected as one of the 15 experts who will help define the objective the Horizon Europe mission on Climate Neutral and Smart Cities.

news

publication date: 31-07-2019

  •  mobility

CIVITAS: sign up for Cascais study visit

CIVITAS is organising a study visit in the city of Cascais (Portugal). This will take place from 28-30 October 2019.

event

start date: 28-10-2019
end date: 30-10-2019

  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

news

publication date: 16-07-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Let's do it together! Citizens engagement at local level - Paris 22 and 23 October 2019

With the goal of supporting local governments in their work on participatory democracy, EUROCITIES, our WG creative citizenship, and the city of Paris are pleased to invite you to attend our conference on citizens engagement at local level: Let's do it together! Citizens engagement at local level – Paris, 22 -23 October 2019

event

start date: 22-10-2019
end date: 23-10-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

Cluj-Napoca - Imagine the future of the city!

Over the last 10 years, Cluj- Napoca has been the only growing city in Romania. As a natural consequence, the city’s cultural life has been constantly evolving, a process also driven by the European Youth Capital title given in 2015 and the candidature to the European Capital of Culture for 2021.

case study

publication date: 15-07-2019