Scientific Programme

UERA Conference 2024:
Building Urban Transformative Capacities: Empowering Cities and Urban actors by Experimentation, Collaboration and Learning
Date: 20 -23 February 2024
Venue: Karlsruhe Institute for Technology/Karlsruhe, Germany


Program for the 22nd of February 2024

9:30 Welcome and introduction to UERA, KAT, KARLA

Edoardo Croci (UERA Chair), Enza Lissandrello (UERA Coordinator), Oliver Parodi (Head of KAT), Pia Laborgne (KAT and UERA SB), Claudia Schreider (KAT)

Welcome Note by KIT

Johannes Orphal, Head of KIT Division IV - Natural and Built Environment

Welcome Note by the City of Karlsruhe
Bettina Lisbach, Mayor for Environment and Health

10:00 Key Notes

Peter Fröhlich, Head of Unit International Partnerships and Cooperation for Transitions FFG: Stakeholder-centered Research and Innovation for Urban Transition

Stefano Marta, Head of Unit - Smart and Sustainable Cities at the OECD: Agenda 2030 and the role of cities in reaching the SDG

Judith Borsboom-van Beurden, Locality Europe: Governance facilitating transition to climate-neutralilty: lessons learned from the smart city community

Katharina Hölscher, Utrecht University: The transformative capacity loop of experimenting and learning

Questions & Discussion

11:30 Coffee and informal Exchange

11:45 Paper Session 1
Mobility & Accessibility (Chairs: Alain L’Hostis, Université Gustave Eiffel)

Smart Cities & Energy 1 (Chair: Cornelia Reiter, AIT)

Governance and Participation 1 (Chair: Jonas Bylund, KTH)

13:15 – 14:00 Lunch & informal exchange
14:00 Paper Session 2
Environmental, Social and Economic Sustainability (Chair: Stephen Venn, University of Lódz)
Smart Cities&Energy 2 (Chair: Cornelia Reiter, AIT)
Governance & Participation 2 (Chair: Claudia Schreider, KIT)

15:30 Coffee and informal Exchange Break

15:45 Paper Session 3
Environmental, Social and Economic Sustainability (Chair: Benedetta Lucchitta, Bocconi University)
Governance & Participation 3 (Chair: Pia Laborgne, KIT)

17:15 – 18:00: Break & Postersession

18:00 – 19:00 Public Roundtable Discussion Real World Experimentation in Cities: practice perspectives, learnings, needs for capacity building (working title)

Uwe Schneidewind, Lord Mayor of Wuppertal
Anja Steglich, StadtManufaktur Berlin
Timo von Wirth, Professorship for Sustainability, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
Moderation: Enza Lissandrello, Aalborg University

19:30 Dinner (optional and on own expense)
Place: Restaurant Veggiez


  • Environmental, Social and Economic Sustainability

  • Smart Cities & Energy

  • Mobility & Accessibility

  • Governance, Participation & Equity

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