ENoLL Networking Event at World Urban Forum

Location:Hall 3: Room 18. 14:00 - 16:00

The networking session is organized by the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) in cooperation with both the Directorate General for Research & Innovation (DG RTD) and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME) of the European Commission.


The event is based on a human-centered approach: cities are considered innovative if they improve the hard and green infrastructures (public spaces, natural areas, cultural heritage etc.) while supporting and nurturing local soft skills (diverse cultures, expertise, talents). Innovation is assumed at the intersection of social, cultural, governance, technological and environmental domains.


The session focuses on co-creation actions to design and implement R&I agendas in cities and is structured around three main discussion clusters:

1. Living Labs: fostering co-creation and citizen engagement for sustainable urban regeneration

2. Heritage Labs: promoting circular and inclusive adaptive re-use of cultural heritage

3. Capacity-building Labs: enhancing heritage as a resource for international cooperation


Three key questions will then lead the discussion:

1. How are cities transforming thanks to the support EU Research & Innovation is giving to social innovation in both urban design and planning?

2. Are cultural heritage and circular economy two sides of the same coin when it comes to inclusive adaptive re-use?

3. To what extent heritage -led innovation can be an instrument for international cooperation?


The session will be highly interactive: short pitches from EU funded R&I projects (Horizon 2020) will introduce the main challenges for each of the three discussion clusters. Moreover, keynote speakers will have a debate facilitated by a moderator who will also stimulate a wider discussion with the participants and collect questions from the audience.


The session will bring together policy-makers and community-based partners, scientists, living labs experts, innovators from different European and international contexts that are participating in Horizon 2020 projects or working in close collaboration with them. They include representatives from International Organizations, Global Networks, universities and UN HABITAT.


The session is the second step of an existing collaboration between ENoLL, DG R&I and EASME. The main conclusions will be brought to the next ENOLL edition of the Scaling up City Challenge (fall 2020) and will contribute to future EU R&I priorities for sustainable cities.



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