EU – CELAC Bi-regional Seminar on Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation in Smart Cities: Smart Transport and Energy Solutions for Urban Areas


Santiago de Chile, Wednesday 10th September 2014

Smart city development is in the agendas of both European Commission, and many European cities themselves. In the area of smart cities, the focus is among others in smart and energy efficient buildings, smart transport solutions, low emission energy systems, intelligent city infrastructures (e.g. for waste and water management). However, perhaps the biggest potential and challenge lies in interconnecting different data sources, systems and applications.

On one hand, Latin American cities share with European cities growing concerns about improving mobility, energy efficiency, environmental preservation and promotion of economic development. On the other hand, they have incorporated to the Smart cities agenda issues that address key societal challenges such as population growth, social inequality and income equity, quality of education and models for access and financing, improvement of public transportation systems and urban infrastructure, environmental challenges, sustainable energies, as well as the incorporation of new technologies, and social innovation, among others. Another key challenge to consider is research uptake - in the case of Chile in particular, the Government and agencies have invested heavily in developing entrepreneurship and innovation, however, this is knowledge is atomized in the universities and the transfer of know-how into the industry has been limited.

Aim of the Seminar

In line with the objectives of the Madrid Action Plan, this seminar aims to support and improve EU-CELAC bi-regional cooperation in research and innovation through knowledge sharing in the field of Smart Cities as well as enhancement of use of new technologies and technology transfer for sustainable socio-economic development. The program of the seminar will include key note speeches by top experts followed by parallel interactive group sessions focusing on the specific thematic areas of the seminar as well as the expertise and interests of the participants.

Experts on Smart Cities from industry and academia, as well as Government representatives and other stakeholders from both regions are invited to present and discuss current challenges and successful practices in tackling questions related to the implementation of Smart Cities initiatives, especially in the areas of Smart Transport and Smart Energy production and use. In sustainable urban mobility, the key focus is in alternative energies, public transport, efficient logistics, and planning, including seamless multimodal transport. For sustainable energy production and use, the focus is in districts and cities in improving the energy efficiency of buildings and districts. In addition, the focus is in increasing the share of renewable energy sources used and an efficiently used and operated energy system, with improved livability of urban communities.

Organizers and Supporters:

Organizers: The Center of Innovation in Lithium at University of Chile, UniPID - Finnish University Partnership for International Development, VTT - Technical Research Centre of Finland, CONICYT - Chilean National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research, ÁgoraLab/ Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil.

With support from C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, EU-CELAC Senior Officials’ Meeting Working Group of ICT for Societal Challenges, Finnish Authorities (Ministry of Employment and Economy, Ministry of Education and Culture, Ministry for Foreign Affairs), Chilean Authorities (Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Environmental Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economy).