AGORA Strategic Dialogue

The hot topics for urban transitions in 2023: dive into the DUT call priorities!

In preparation of its second call, the Driving Urban Transitions Partnership together with the Belmont Forum invites urban change makers to the AGORA Dialogue.

This AGORA Dialogue is building upon a broader stakeholder survey of which results will be reflected and consolidated in the workshop. You are invited to elaborate on a list of urban challenges and priorities to support and speed up transformation of urban areas towards climate neutrality, sustainability and inclusiveness and on how critical they are for realising urban transitions. The results will inform the design of the call topics for the DUT Call 2023 (planned for autumn 2023) in and across the three DUT Transition Pathways: 15-Minute Cities, Circular Urban Economies and Positive Energy Districts.

Co-hosted with the Belmont Forum, the AGORA Dialogue serves as a scoping exercise to identify topics of mutual interest. In addition, the DUT Call 2023 will again be part of the Mission Innovation Call 2023 and thus contribute to the implementation of the global Urban Transition Mission. Due to this global dimension, this AGORA Dialogue is organised in three parts, each of them following the same design, to accommodate participants from different time zones across the world. Feel free to sign up for the session, which fits your schedule best and ensures your participation for the full duration of the workshop.

Dialogue #1: 16 Feb, 09.00-12.00 UTC [10:00-13:00 Brussels, 11:00-14.00 Cape Town]
Click here to register for Dialogue 1!

Dialogue #2: 22 Feb, 7:00-10:00 UTC [08.00 11.00 Berlin; 12.30-16.30 Mumbai; 15.00-
18.00 Beijing, 16.00-19.00 Tokyo]
Click here to register for Dialogue 2!

Dialogue #3: 28 Feb, 17:00-20:00 UTC [08.00-11.00 Seattle / 14.00-17.00 Sao Paulo, 18.00-21.00 Brussels]
Click here to register for Dialogue 3!

What can you expect from your participation in the AGORA Dialogue?

  •  Contribute to Driving Urban Transition’s call priority setting in 2023
  •  Exchange, discuss, co-create: You will have the possibility to join an engaged group of change makers, urban practitioners, researchers and others in discussions on what is needed to drive urban transitions.
  •  Engage through interactive formats: You will engage in interactive exercises in virtual breakout rooms to jointly reflect on the needs for research and innovation to support capacity building for urban transformation.
  •  Networking: You will be able to connect to the AGORA community, the informal stakeholder network maintained by Driving Urban Transitions Partnership.


Target groups for the workshops: Representatives of local public administrations, nongovernmental and grassroots initiatives, creative and cultural sectors, urban policy makers on various levels, representatives of business and companies, research and innovation community and all urban change makers working in the field of urban transitions.

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