Workshop: How to engage local communities to drive urban regeneration and social innovation
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4:30 pm 10/10/2023
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4:30 pm
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Join us for a workshop on citizen engagement during this year’s European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels! The event is organized in collaboration with the EU-projects ARV, syn.ikia, oPEN Lab, and the FinEst Centre for Smart Cities.

The European Week of Regions and Cities is an annual event dedicated to cohesion policy. It gathers a diverse community of speakers and participants to discuss common challenges and aims at facilitating networking and cooperation between regions and cities in Europe.

In this context, our workshop will focus on local communities as drivers for urban regeneration and social innovation. How can local communities and neighbourhoods engage citizens in sustainable urban transitions through social innovation and affordable housing?

ARV, syn.ikia, oPEN Lab and the FinEst Centre for Smart Cities will present innovative pilot projects where citizens were put in the driver’s seat for urban transition. These projects were carefully selected to represent different European climatic conditions and contexts due to their high environmental, social, and economic sustainability ambitions, and include social housing neighbourhoods and city-level projects. The workshop will facilitate discussion and the exchange of knowledge amongst participants.




A detailed program will be updated shortly



Moderator: Julien Dijol, Policy Director of Housing Europe

Niki Gaitani, Project Coordinator of syn.ikia and Vice-Coordinator of the ARV project, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Maarten De Groote, Project Coordinator of oPEN Lab, VITO

Külle Tärnov, FinEst Centre for Smart Cities, TalTech Head of Innovation


Workshop coordinator: Sladjana Lazarevic, ARV Project and Innovation Manager, Norwegian University of Science and Technology