Translating megatrends into urban challenges

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The Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Urban Europe will present its megatrends study on 27 March at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels

Joint Programming is an instrument established in 2008 by the European Commission. It strengthens research and innovation by encouraging European countries voluntarily work together and pool national research efforts. The Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe was set up in 2010 to strengthen European research and innovation in the field of urban development. It is being further supported by two ‘Seventh Framework Coordination & Support Actions’, BOOST, and SEiSMiC, in which EUROCITIES is a partner.

Researchers from the member states taking part in JPI Urban Europe have produced a megatrends study, translating megatrends such as climate change and globalisation into challenges for European cities.

What are the implications of global megatrends on European urban areas; what do the cities really think? How can east meet west in urban Europe? How are ‘smart cities’ really smart? And under what conditions can urban research and urban policy truly make that difference?

These are some of the issues that will be raised during the discussions with JPI Urban Europe members, the European Commission and high profile European scientific and policy experts.

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