DUT Launch Conference Information

4-5 October 2022, The International Auditorium, Brussels

Driving Urban Transitions in times of crisis

You are invited to join the DUT Partnership’s public launch conference that addresses the dilemmas and ways forward of urban transitioning in times of cumulating crisis. The urban implications of extreme weather events and climate-related disasters require rapid responses from urban stakeholders and decision-makers. Meanwhile, in the face of the current energy crisis, the urgency of transforming the urban energy system and reconsidering the role of urban mobility and transport has become even more evident.

Join the conference and gain a better understanding of how the DUT Partnership will step up the game to enable local authorities and municipalities, business, and citizens to take action in times of crisis.

DUT Launch Conference

Preliminary agenda

4-5 October 2022

Venue: online and

The International Auditorium
Blvd. Roi Albert II, 5
1210 Brussels (Belgium)

We welcome participants onsite and online, however, online participants will not have access to the full programme

4 October 2022, 10:00 – 17:00

10:00 – 10:30

Registration and welcome coffee

10:30 – 10: 35 Welcome and introduction to participants
10:35 – 10:50 Introduction to Driving Urban Transitions (DUT) Partnership
10:50 – 11.15 DUT – National programmes joining forces • Pierre Pacaud or Carole Pourches, France
• Orsolya Küttel, Development and Innovation Office NKFIH
• Elisa Vilares, Portugal
• Elena Simion, Development and Innovation Funding UEFISCDI (tbc)
11.15 – 20:00 Inspirations from JPI Urban Europe – Urban transitions in times of crisis – Ensuring equitable and inclusive urban transformations leaving nobody behind: the role of science-policy- society cooperation. • Jim Segers, City Mine(d)
• Pia Laborgne, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
12:00 – 13:00 Panel I – Cities’ perspectives: Urban Transitions in and for uncertain times • Moderator: Johannes Riegler
• Tudor Drambarean, Alba Iulia Municipality
• Tom Meeuws, City of Antwerp
• Pirita Lindholm, European Research and Innovation Network
•Matthew Bach, ECLEI EU
13:00 – 14:15 LUNCH BREAK
14:15 – 15:35 Panel II – DUT’s contribution to achieve European policies: Managing (multiple) crisis seems to become our new normal and building partnerships to address these in an aligned way seems to be a promising approach. This includes having a forum for learning from good practice, inspire transformative policy making and implementation, joining forces and establishing new forms of cooperation to deliver the urgently needed action. • Moderator: (tbd)
• Rosalinde van der Vlies, DG RTD
• Torsten Klimke, DG MOVE

• Eero Ailio, DG ENER

• Veronica Manfredi, DG ENV 
• Normunds Popens, DG REGIO
15:35 – 16:35 Panel III: Joining forces across partnerships towards a European eco-system for urban transitions: emphasis shall be given on the opportunities and mutual interests of DUT and neighbouring partnerships to team up and drive change in the urban context. This will take place along the three Transition Pathways of DUT – Positive Energy Districts, 15-minute Cities and Circular Urban Economies – and with putting the urgency of urban transformation in the context of latest developments and crisis. • Thomas Osdoba, NZC   
• Michael Hübner, CETPartnership (tbc)
• Bjorn Kaare Jensen, Water4All (tbc)
• Hilde Eggermont, Biodiversa 
• NN, EIT Urban Mobility (tbc)

16:35 – 17:00 Final remarks and closure



5 October 2022, 9:30 – 13:40
 9:30 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome and introduction to the Transitions Pathways parallel breakout sessions
10:10 – 12:00 Parallel breakout sessions
Positive Energy Districts

PEDs for energy security: locality and resilience

Hanne Mangelshots, ArchitectureWorkroom
• Helmut Bruckner, Sonnenplatz Großschönau GmbH
• Dieter Bruggeman, VUB
• Camilla Rampinelli, e-7 (tbc)
• Maria Lennartsson, City of Stockholm (tbc)
15-minute City

Speeding up mobility transitions: balancing implementation efficiency and social acceptance


• Yannick Cornet, University of  Žilina
• Johanna Holli, NGO
Circular Urban Economies

Adressing the urban climate endgame through working with, rather than against, nature. 

• Maria João Rauch, PPLL Consult
• Louwrens Botha, CoNECT-project
• Fransesc Baró, Vrije Universiteit Brussels
12:00 – 12:30 COFFEE BREAK
12:30 – 12:55 General aspects of the DUT Call 2022: Call timeline, rules, how to apply • Paul Kuttner, FFG
• Pascal Bain, French National Research Agency
Elena Simion, Development and Innovation Funding UEFISCDI (tbc)
12:55 – 13:10 Matchmaking platform • Kathrin Rueegg, Innosuisse
13.10-13.30 Questions and Answers
13:30-13:40 Closure and next steps