Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Smart Cities Summer School

Date: 11 August 2015 - 18 August 2015

The city of the future faces a wide range of challenges, from health, food security and energy supply to transport and climate action. One way of tackling these challenges is by using IT and new governance models to make our cities smarter. Smart Cities make extensive and effective use of big data and IT, and employ smart incentives to encourage small-scale and efficient solutions for energy and transport. This, in turn, calls for a new style of governance, with the active involvement of a wide diversity of public, private and citizens’ organizations. The key concepts are urban vitality, resilient competitiveness, and ultimately a high quality of life.

Establishing Smart Cities - or rather making the transition from traditional to smart cities - generates a host of questions. How should we exploit our cities’ potential for greater vitality, competitiveness and resilience while coping with the rising cost and depleted availability of space and resources? How can we identify and exploit the added value of smart technologies in cities? How do we empower civil society to make a meaningful contribution to achieving smart cities? How should we manage the transition from traditional cities towards smart cities? And how can we achieve evidence-based smart governance that can help us design the smart city of tomorrow?

The Smart Cities Summer School is part of the Summer School Festival CuriousU. CuriousU offers a unique experience by combining a summer school with a festival: academic courses, music, sports, theatre, inspirational speakers.

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The fee is EUR 750,- for the whole week including breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee/tea and all the festival activities. You can win a free seat! Send your contact details to the course leader at before July 1st.

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