The 1st Franco-Swedish workshop on Smart Cities and Mobility

Scheduled to take place at the ESIEE in Paris on 11 and 12 June 2019, the "Smart Cities and Mobility" workshop will promote the sharing of knowledge and expertise between Swedish and French players in the fields of research, innovation and training. The aim is to establish cooperation on a wide range of topics for the future such as autonomous vehicles, electric mobility, connected cities and positive energy buildings.

Electrification, adapting cities to climate change, the use of digital technology in transport, multi-modality... How can researchers, universities, companies and public authorities in Sweden and France collaborate to address these technological and societal challenges? To answer this question, IFSTTAR*, Linköping University (Sweden), ESIEE Paris, UPEM, and EIVP are holding the first Franco-Swedish workshop on research, innovation and training in the field of smart cities and mobility on 11 and 12 June at ESIEE. Researchers, academics, companies, start-ups, citizen associations, representatives of ministries, funding agencies, students studying for doctorates and other degrees... About a hundred participants are expected to attend this event which has been organised as part of the Strategic partnership for innovation and green solutions signed in 2017 between Sweden and France and of the dynamic of discussion that has been generated subsequently, for example the 2018 Nordic Tour. "The purpose is to initiate discussions for the creation of partnerships, particularly in the context of future European programmes, including Horizon Europe, which are characterised by a desire for cross-sectorality and cooperation. It is also an opportunity to find out how both parties are addressing these major changes," explains Agnès Jullien, Director of IFSTTAR's Directorate for European and International Affairs. The challenge is to compare points of view in order to respond together to the challenges facing tomorrow's society. 

Autonomous vehicles, electric mobility, connected cities, positive energy buildings, digital technology, smart industry, spatial equilibrium... The topics discussed during the workshop cover the themes of the strategic partnership between Sweden and France and will be multidisciplinary and cross-cutting. The two days will be an opportunity to discuss how communication technologies and the electrification of transport can make cities more liveable (by reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, etc.) and the importance of human factors in the development of products, services and technologies. During the high point of the first day - the "Match Making Event" - participants will be invited to meet potential partners (companies, doctoral candidates, academics, teacher-researchers, etc.) and to talk with financiers (Vinnova, for Sweden and Bpifrance). Further discussions may be held on the Horizon 2020 programme and during a visit to Sense-City. June 12 will be marked by a presentation of the winners of the 2018 Franco-Swedish Research Association (AFSR) awards. These are young researchers who have worked on "the possibilities afforded by digital technologies to create the city of the future which will be green, inclusive and sustainable". Before the event closes, ADEME, ANR, Vinnova and Bpifrance will lead a final session of discussions on ways to pool resources and forge partnerships between France and Sweden.

* With the support of I-site FUTURE, the University of Paris-Est, the Franco-Swedish Association for Research and the Swedish Embassy in France.

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