Partners

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

NTNU has worked with China on cultural heritage and urban regeneration for 25 years (research, innovation and education), and opened its office in Brussels in 2015. NTNU has good relations with industry and paves the way for start-up companies and entrepreneurs, supported by the NTNU Technology Transfer Office in obtaining financing, ensuring relevant patent protection, developing ideas (often with the aid of prototyping), performing market analyses, establishing new companies and negotiating licence agreements. The university uses its main scientific profile in technology and the natural sciences and its cross-disciplinary competency to meet global challenges, summarized by its vision: Knowledge for a better world. Three out of four Strategic Research Areas at NTNU – Sustainability, Energy and Health – contribute directly to sustainable urbanisation, delivering creative innovations with far-reaching social and economic impact in close collaboration with cities, industries, authorities and civil society. NTNU is one of the largest universities in the Nordic countries, with 14 faculties, 70 departments and divisions, 6700 staff and 39000 students.

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Institute of Studies for the Integration of Systems (ISINNOVA)

ISINNOVA is an independent Italian research institute supporting international, national and local public bodies for the analysis, the design, the implementation and the evaluation of sustainable policies in the fields of energy, environment, transport and mobility, urban planning, and knowledge society. Founded in 1971, for more than four decades, ISINNOVA has supplied expertise and solved complex problems for a variety of public and private organisations, and notably for the European Commission. ISINNOVA has substantial experience in the management of and participation in EU-funded projects in FP4, FP5, FP6, FP7 and Horizon 2020 programmes, and has a well-established network of alliances currently active in the Europe and beyond. ISINNOVA has worked extensively in the field of policy impact assessment, particularly with regard to socio-economic impacts and the development and application of forward-looking analysis (FLA) methods and tools.

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Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER)

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) is an establishment of the Leibniz Association for spatially oriented theme-based research focusing on ecological aspects of sustainable development. Our concern is the scientific basis for the sustainable development of cities and regions in the national and international context. We investigate how cities and regions can be developed with reasonable effort to offer the population the greatest possible quality of environment and life and to provide nature with far-ranging possibilities to develop that are resource-efficient and offer adequate safeguards against environmental risks. IOER pays particular attention to the global and regional challenges that climate and demographic change pose for urban and regional development. Our work focuses on interactions between society and the natural environment and the questions they raise. IOER’s research sets out to investigate the global and regional challenges facing cities and regions and their implications for spatial and environmental development. We set the following research priorities: • Landscape Change and Management, • Resource Efficiency of Settlement Structures, • Environmental Risks in Urban and Regional Development, • Monitoring of Settlement and Open Space Development, • Economic Aspects of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, • Ecological and Revitalizing Urban Transformation

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Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)

The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) is the national funding agency for industrial research and development in Austria. As a "one-stop shop" offering a diversified and targeted programme portfolio, the FFG gives Austrian businesses and research facilities quick and uncomplicated access to research funding. International cooperation is an integral part of FFG´s objectives and strategies to enhance the competitiveness of Austrian companies and R&D entities. The tasks of the FFG are stipulated follows: • To manage and finance research projects in the business and science sectors, impulse programmes for the economy and research facilities, and networks fostering cooperation between science and industry. • To manage cooperative programmes and projects with the EU and other European and international partners. • To represent Austria"s interests at relevant European and international institutions on behalf of the Austrian government. • To provide consultation and support to intensify Austria"s involvement in European programmes, especially in the EU Framework Programme for Research, Technology and Innovation and the Framework Programme for Competitiveness and Innovation. • To provide support and strategy development services for decision-makers in the Austrian innovation system. • To improve public awareness of the importance of R&D.

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Advancity

ADVANCITY is the only competitiveness cluster in France, and one of the few in Europe, dedicated to sustainable city and mobility. The members of its ecosystem (SMEs, World business leaders, Academic partners, local governments and investors) investigate the following innovative fields: Urban planning, Driving, Decision Support System, Transportation systems, Accessibility, Mobility, Sustainable Buildings & Infrastructures, Urban Technologies (water, waste, atmosphere…) & renewable energies including photovoltaic. ADVANCITY provides the following support and services for its members and partners: Help in research project management regarding the Sustainable City area; Project presentation to public and private funding organizations; Contribution to the design of the French offer towards Sustainable Cities.

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Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)

AIT is Austria's largest non-university research institute and takes a leading position in the Austrian innovation system in the areas of Energy, Mobility, Health & Environment as well as Safety & Security and a key role in Europe as the RTO focusing on the key infrastructure topics of the future. AIT’s experts involved in this assignment are working for the unit focusing on sustainable development of cities and regions in the Center for Energy. AIT’s unit focusing on sustainable development of cities and regions has built up an extensive network and project portfolio in recent years, as vice coordinator of the Joint Program Smart Cities of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) and active members in the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP SCC) as well as the SET plan Temporary working group 3.2 “Smart Cities and Communities”. In addition AIT’s Center for Energy is partner in a number of Smart City projects on a national, European and international level (e.g. TRANSFORM, SCIS, CITYKEYS, Smarter Together, RUGGEDISED etc.).

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EUROCITIES

EUROCITIES is the network of major European cities. Founded in 1986, the network brings together the local governments of over 130 of Europe’s largest cities that govern 130 million citizens in 35 European countries. EUROCITIES represents the interests of its members and engages in dialogue with the European institutions across a wide range of policy areas affecting cities. Through a wide range of forums, working groups, projects and events, EUROCITIES provides a platform for promoting the instrumental role of local governments in multilevel governance and shaping the focus of EU legislation in a way which allows city governments to tackle strategic challenges at local level. EUROCITIES works across a wide range of urban policy areas: these include climate change, energy and environment, mobility, social affairs, economic development and cohesion policy, culture and the knowledge society. EUROCITIES also has extensive experience in coordinating and participating to EU-funded projects designed to facilitate exchange between cities, policy-makers and researchers.

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European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (EUCCC)

The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (European Chamber) was founded in 2000 by 51 member companies that shared a goal of establishing a common voice for the various business sectors of European businesses operating in China. It is a members-driven, non-profit, fee-based organisation with a core structure of 25 working groups and 7 fora representing European business in China. The European Chamber now has nearly 1,600 members in 7 chapters operating in 9 cities: Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, Shenyang, South China (Guangzhou and Shenzhen), Southwest China (Chengdu, Chongqing) and Tianjin. The Chamber is recognised by the European Commission and the Chinese Authorities as the official voice of European business in China. The European Chamber supports member companies’ government affairs advocacy efforts; helps them understand policy and market conditions and expand network in China.

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China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD)

CAUPD is a national institution directly positioned under the Ministry of Housing and Rural Development (MoHURD), the entity that oversees all urban development in the country. Established in 1952, CAUPD is China’s leading urban planning agency and policy advisor, spearheading the formulation of new urban policies and providing research and technical consultancy on all aspects of the urbanization process. CAUPD’s expertise is broad and multi-disciplinary, spanning the fields of urban development, regional and master planning, civil engineering, architectural design, heritage preservation, and green city planning. As the sole national urban planning institute of its kind, CAUPD has an exceptionally strong and vibrant network of partners and affiliations. CAUPD produces approximately 90% of China’s urban master plans and as such, maintains an unparalleled relationship with various levels of the Chinese government. At the highest levels, these networks include but are not limited to: the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministries of Water and Land Resources, and the Ministry of Agriculture.

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China Centre for Urban Development (CCUD)

CCUD is a public institution under the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Since its establishment in 1998, it has been participating in writing policy documents and providing policy consultancy on urbanization for the Central Government and relevant departments of the State Council; providing guidance to pilot cities and towns for urban development across China; formulating hundreds of socio-economic development plans, spatial development plans and land use plans for local governments; building financial platforms to serve urbanization, urban development and smart city construction; organizing multiple high-level international forums on urbanization and urban development; and building itself as national top think tank on new urbanization.

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China Intelligent Urbanization Co-creation Center for High Density Region (CIUC)

China Intelligent Urbanization Collaboration Co-creation Center for High Density Region (CIUC) is initiated by Tongji University and jointly established by Tongji University, Fudan University, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of China and Chinese Society for Urban Studies. A multi-disciplinary, collaborative and technologically integrative centre, the Centre aims to strike the urbanization development goals of “intensiveness”, “intelligence”, “green” and “low carbon”. Through institutional innovation, the Centre collaborates with research institutes, local authorities and enterprises related with “urbanization” in the Yangtze River Region to support this region’s urbanization, and in the process, to forge CIUC as the top research power of intelligent urbanization in China. CIUC’s scope of activities include: solving crucial issues in intelligent urbanization, nurturing top talents in the sphere of urbanization, functioning as a world class intelligent urbanization knowledge pool and providing theoretical foundations, decision-making consultancy, and technical support for China’s new urbanization.

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University of Nottingham Ningbo (UNNC)

Described by the Times Good University Guide 2013 as ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university’, the University of Nottingham has award-winning campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia and hosts a global academic community in all three countries. UNNC was the first Sino-foreign university established in China with the full support of the Chinese Ministry of Education. UNNC supports a thriving research environment and has been awarded funding from Chinese and international agencies. There are also significant knowledge exchange initiatives with academics working closely with companies such as Wahaha (杭州娃哈哈集团有限公司), the New Hope Group (新希望集团有限公司) and the Ningbo Academy of Smart City Development (宁波市智慧城市规划标准研究院). Subsequently, UNNC is an ideal partner to support EU-China research collaborations due to our extensive knowledge and practical experiences of developing international research agendas as a UK university based within mainland China.

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