European Researchers' Night: Unite! smart cities – by and for the citizens

On European Researchers' Night the Unite! alliance and Aalto University invite you to learn about the transition to sustainable and climate-neutral cities by 2030.
European Researchers' Night 2022

The European Researchers' Night is a Europe-wide public event, which displays the diversity of science and its impact on citizens' daily lives in fun, inspiring ways. This year, the event will take place in 25 countries on Friday 30 September 2022.

All EU member states and 12 associated countries have been selected to join the ambitious goal to develop Climate City Contracts, which will include an overall plan for climate neutrality across all sectors such as energy, buildings, waste management and transport, together with related investment plans. In total, 100 cities have been selected to join this transition. This process will involve citizens, research organisations and the private sector.

Learn about the transition to sustainable and climate-neutral cities by 2030 from our researchers from six different European countries. The event is targeted to school children, but anyone interested in welcome to join.

Agenda of the session:

11:00 – 11:05 Introduction of the session

11:05 – 11:10 Welcome address by Andreas Winkler (Secretary General Unite! TU Darmstadt)

11:15 – 11:20 Mission 100: climate-neutral cities by 2030
KTH Stockholm, Åsa Minoz (Innovation Strategist, Viable Cities)

11:20-11:25 eMOTIONAL Cities – Mapping the cities through the senses of those who make them
Universidade de Lisboa, Paulo Morgado (Professor of Geography and Spatial Planning)

11:25 – 11:30 Smart City as artificial landscape that expands the functionality of nature
Aalto University, Toni Kotnik (Professor of Design of Structures)

11:35 – 11:40 Resilient Digital Cities
TU Darmstadt, Joachim Schulze (Dr.-Ing, Unit of Design and Urban Development)

11:45 – 11:50 Smart City Digitalization for Mobility as a service schema and beyond
Politecnico di Torino, Marco Rapelli (PhD, Future Urban Legacy Lab)

11:50 – 11:55 Sobriety is the real challenge: how can smart-buildings help?
Grenoble INP, Stéphane Ploix (Professor, Department of Energy, Water and Environment)

12:00 – 12:30 Questions to the researchers submitted by school classes. If time allows we also take questions from other participants. 

How to join? 

You do not need to register for the event. 

Zoom link:
Passcode: 368288

If time allows, everyone is able to ask questions, but the Q&A is mostly reserved for the participating school classes. 

The event is organised by the Unite! University Alliance. 


If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Suvi Lavinto at [email protected] or Pia Schmitt at KTH [email protected]

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Aalto University is a member of Unite! alliance together with eight other European universities.

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