Event archive of the project #connectedinEurope


  • Networking Workshop Ministries
  • Peer Learning Partnerships
  • Networking Workshops Municipalities
  • #connectedinEurope conference
  • Info days EU Funding
  • General Smart City Events (in German language)
  • General Smart City Events in Europe (in English language)

Networking Workshops Ministries

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Peer Learning Partnerships

Kick-Off-Meeting “Peer-Learning-Partnerships”

The six peer-learning-partnerships have been nominated and will enter into an intensive exchange of experiences. They will generate new knowledge and know-how as well as expand and consolidate their networking activities in the course of the project activities. Ideally, they will develop joint cooperation projects. The partnerships will be accompanied by the project team (adelphi and the German Institute of Urban Affairs).

This is the first virtual kick-off meeting. There, the participating cities will have the opportunity to learn more about the project and the peer-learning-process as such. They will get to know their partner municipalities and other participants and lay together the foundation for their future collaboration and the first on-site working meetings planned for the summer as well as for the second half of the year.

Further meetings in 2022 are planned for June, July and September.

They will take place at the sites of the partner cities.

Networking Workshops Municipalities

Empowering Smart Cities: First networking workshop for municipalities in Leipzig (Germany)

Dates: 21st/22nd September, 2022

The focus of these two days is on Smart City Governance, we will also tackle the topics digital transformation, sustainable and integrated urban development. The first networking workshop is taking place on September 21st/22nd, 2022 in Leipzig (Germany). This workshop marks the beginning of a professional interchange, knowledge transfer and networking of European and German municipalities within the BBSR-funded project #connectedinEurope.

The first workshop will be conducted in hybrid form (on-site as well as online) and thus, the number of possible attendees is limited. For this reason, it will unfortunately, not be able to consider all applicants for the first event. But all other upcoming workshops of a total number of six workshops in the period of 2022-2024 will be conducted online.

Keynotes will be given by Dr. Beate Ginzel, Director Digital City Unit, City of Leipzig on the topic of “Smart City Governance in the City of Leipzig: Digital Agenda and processes for a sustainable urban development” and by Sylva Lam, City of Reykjavik on the topic of ” Contribution of Smart City projects on external engagement for a sustainable city of the future: Participation and other improvement of external processes – experience of the SPARCS project and beyond”. The participants of the workshop will discuss in two parallel working groups how European and German Cities can capitalize on smart city potentials for sustainable urban development – for internal processes and for external engagement. A pitch for collaboration will collect ideas for further projects.

On the second day Elina Wanne will present the Smart City approach of Espoo, Finland and finally Nadja Riedel from the Digital City Unit, City of Leipzig will talk about “Making the Smart City real and lessons learnt: Insights of the Smart City Lighthouse Projects in Leipzig”. A field trip to some of the presented Lighthouse projects will be organized.

Representatives of the city of Leipzig, of the EU-project SPARCS – Sustainable energy Positive & zero cARbon CommunitieS and of the peer-learning-activities of the project #connectedinEurope will also be present.

Costs and conditions of participation:

The workshop will be held onsite and online in English. Registration is free of charge, but limited.


German Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Building and the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development


Free places available only for on-site participation.

Register here!

Dates and timeframe:

21.09.2022 from 1 pm to 6 pm

22.09.2022 from 9 am to 1 pm


On-site and online




Downloads & Links:

Agenda “Smart City Governance”

Webseminar: Selected EU funding opportunities for cities & municipalities (Digital Europe, EDIH, NetZeroCities)

More information in German here.

Webseminar: City follows data – How municipalities develop their strategy in the Age of Data

The #connectedinEurope project is a Smart City-Initiative by the German Ministry of Housing, Urban Development and Building and the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development.

The European Green Dealand Europe fit for a digital age will play a central role in the coming years for the implementation of European regulations and the design of funding instruments. One of the goals is to develop European municipalities into smart cities.

The project #connectedinEurope addresses the need for “Digital Transformation and Urban Development Processes”. The main objective is to support municipalities in their participation in European networks, projects and initiatives in the field of digital transformation. The webinar will provide a definition and understanding of a municipal data strategy and its importance for urban development in the digital age. We will explain and discuss  the concept of a data management office as well as the concept of data sovereignty with the help of some theoretical knowledge and use cases from our European case studies.

In this framework, #connectedinEurope offers a series of web seminars, the next one on “How European Municipalities Develop their Strategy in the Age of Data”. The project team will show you barriers and solutions with concrete examples.

Webseminar: City Follows Data – How European Municipalities Develop their Strategy in the Age of Data

Date: 07. December 2022
Time: 11:00 am– 12:30 pm
Link: You will receive the link after registration

The webinar is free of charge
Language: English

Our aim is to offer you a definition and understanding of a municipal data strategy and its importance for urban development in the digital age. We will explain and discuss the concept of a data management office as well as the concept of data sovereignty, using examples from European case studies.
We would like to invite you to this web seminar and ask you to register here.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact:

Martina Hertel
Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik

#connectedinEurope conference

Kick Off Conference #connectedinEurope 2022

On 10 February 2022, the conference ‘#connectedinEurope: Funding, networking and best practices
for Smart Cities’ took place. This conference marked the official launch of the #connectedinEurope
project. During the event, 280 participants learned about European networking opportunities in the
field of Smart Cities, about existing European opportunities in the framework of Digital Europe and
actively participated in the three parallel sessions on ‘Current EU Digital Strategies and Regulations’,
‘Stronger together: The case of European Networks’ & ‘EU Funding and Programmes’.

Find here the agenda to the conference.

Read more! (English summary and access to presentations)

The event is organised by the German Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Building and the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development.

If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact: connectedineurope.

Info days EU Funding

W4RES-GREENET Joint Networking Event

In the framework of the European Sustainable Energy Week 2022 (#EUSEW2022) the project W4RES is organising a W4RES-GREENET Joint Networking Event on the Horizon Europe (HE) energy supply/use-related calls for proposals, which will open on the 6th September 2022 and will close in January 2023.

The virtual event, promoted by W4RES and GREENET, the network of HE cluster 5 National Contact Points, will take place on the 29/09/2022.

It will allow participants to connect with each other and promote their skills and compentences at the the European level through due different modes:

Pitching – participants willing to showcase their expertise against a specific calls for proposal of HE Cluster 5 will be able to present a short pitch to the virtual audience according to the guidelibes availabele here: https://apre.it/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/EUSEW2022_BE_guidelines.pdf. Only 10 pitches will be presented. Participants will be selected on a ‘first come – first served’ principle.

Bilateral meetings – participants will be able to set meetings and discuss joint participation in the HE Cluster 5 calls for proposals.

The registration is mandatory and available here: https://energy-networking-event.b2match.io/home.

General Smart City Events (in German language)

15. Bundeskongress Nationale Stadtentwicklungspolitik

Further information in German here.

General Smart City events in Europe (in English language)

Sustainable Places 2022

Conference Scope
Sustainability targets and climate change objectives cannot be met without addressing buildings and the built environment at the building, district and urban scale to include our transport and energy infrastructures. Renowned for showcasing results coming out of the EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme via the participation of cutting-edge research and innovation projects, the scope of Sustainable Places is captured directly in its name. It involves designing, building and retrofitting the places we live and work in a more sustainable way.

Phyisical Event in Nice, France: 06.09 – 09.09.2022. Link.


The Creativity World Forum 2022 takes place online from 18 – 20 July 2022 and as a hybrid event in Stuttgart (Germany) on 21 July 2022. The Creativity World Forum is the annual gathering of the international Districts of Creativity Network. We would be very happy to welcome you to discuss and expierence the new challenges for the creative industries.

Focus: Sustainable digital innovation, AI, Smart Cities, Architecture, virtual space…

Organization: District of Creativity Network

The Smart Cities Marketplace Matchmaking starts its second round in 2022

Be a part of it and join us for our activities in June!

We can help you implement your smart city project and bring you in contact with investors and financiers.

Submit a proposal and be matched with a Marketplace matchmaker (first stage) or an investor (second stage). Our call for project proposals will be open from 31 May to 30 June! You can as well send your idea or project directly to matchmaking@smartcitiesmarketplace.eu.

How to additionally benefit from the services of this Smart Cities Marketplace Matchmaking:

15 June 2022 I 15:00 to 15:45 CEST: Online info session & intake form pitch by financial experts of the Marketplace
23 June 2022 I 15:30 to 16:15 CEST: Online Q&A for submitted project proposals

The Smart Cities Marketplace is involved in the programme of the SmartEnCity Final Conference on 14 to 15 June on-site in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain as an expert in the replication and SmartEnCity Network sessions and will be giving advice on financial issues.

The Matchmaking team will be available during the conference on:

14 to 15 June 2022 I During conference hours: Find the Marketplace team in the Knowledge Area of the conference
14 June 2022 I 15:30 to 16:00 CEST: Smart Cities Marketplace Matchmaking break – How to get the investment! Intake form pitch for enrolled & interested participants.
15 June 2022 I 10:40 to 11:25 CEST: As part of the session on Replication – What and How?
15 June 2022 I 12:20 to 13:00 CEST: SmartEnCity Network Knowledge Exchange – Get to know the Matchmaking services of the Smart Cities Marketplace with our financial experts.

Have a look at the agenda & join the conference! Celebrate together with us and the SmartEnCity consortium the successful ending of six years of hard work towards a common goal – to pave the way for future carbon-free cities!

Do you have any questions, feel free to contact the Smart Cities Marketplace team:


Positive Energy Districts Conference

In June the Positive Energy Districts Conference in Amsterdam offers a unique opportunity to exchange experiences, share ideas and develop new insights with policymakers, researchers and civil servants.

The conference is free of charge and consists of two consecutive days, each with a slightly different but related focus:

23 June: Challenges, experiences, and lessons learned
• Policy highlights (from the Netherlands, among others)
• Excursions to PED projects in the Amsterdam South East area
• Plenary and working group discussions on planning and implementation

24 June: Cross-domain approaches to preparing and realising PEDs
• Research
• Concept development
• Learning environments for PEDs
• Policy and research agendas

Keynotes and excursions
Keynote speakers include Peter Rathje (CEO, ProjectZero) and Renée Heller (professor of Energy and Innovation, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences).

We have selected several interesting excursions in or near Amsterdam South East. You can choose an excursion that focuses primarily on technology, the energy community, the role of commercial parties or policymaking on integrated sustainable neighbourhood development.

Organization: COST Action Positive Energy Districts European Network (PED-EU-NET)

SmartEnCity Final Conference – The Journey towards Smart Zero CO2 Cities

After over six year of the project duration, the Smart City project “SmartEnCity” is now coming to an end. The consortium would like to share its experiences and results and invites you to come to Lighthouse City Vitoria-Gasteiz to join the Final Conference on 14-15 June 2022.

Registration is needed.

European Regions for Smart Communities Summit

This Summit will be the celebration of the success and achievements from cooperation across Smart Communities and a opportunity for mutually commit to share challenges and smart solutions.

It will gather local and regional leaders from across Europe to discuss how to involve the citizens and stakeholders in co-promoting smarter small cities, towns, villages and regions for a better tomorrow, as well as key-speakers from European Institutions.

The summit features sessions, forum, dialogs, workshops, labs, cultural moments and activities aimed at enhancing the role of regional and urban hubs of Smart Communities in achieving the green, blue and bright digital transformation.

Themes and topics to be debated during 2022 edition are:

  1. Day 1 – Keyword: EUROPE; Smarter Communities, better Europe
  2. Day 1 – Keyword: EUROPE; Smarter Communities, better Europe
  3. Day 2 – Keyword: INVESTMENT; Stronger governance, Smarter territories
  4. Day 3 – Keyword: INNOVATION; Regional Innovation, Europe better fit for future
  5. Day 4 – Keyword: EXCELLENCE; Stronger cooperation, Smarter transformation
  6. Day 5 – Keyword: LEADERSHIP; Smarter regions, stronger Europe

Read more (Agenda and Registration): http://www.eu-smart.community/#/

Date: 9th – 14th May 2022

Language: English

Venue: Alentejo, Portugal
At the Summit some sessions will take place at Espinheiro Convent Hotel, located in Évora.

The Convent of Nossa Senhora do Espinheiro is an old monastery of the Order of São Jerónimo that is located on the outskirts of the Canaviais neighbourhood, two kilometers from the historic center of the city and Évora District, in Portugal. It is a convent that dates back to the 15th century, nowadays re-qualified as a luxury hotel. It is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Contact Person

Sanda Hubana