innovation

“Innovation is not just about product development: it is about how our society changes and improves” Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission

‘Innovation’ describes the process of producing and putting into place something new, be it a product or process. An innovation is therefore the end output of the process of innovation.

Often, economic growth is the main incentive for innovation. Innovative societies are also developing solutions to challenges such as climate change and tackling inequalities. 

Cities and their partners facilitate technological, market-based innovation, as well as leading the ‘public’ and ‘social’ innovation that is key to Europe’s global competitiveness. Cities provide the critical mass of markets, consumers and businesses to serve as laboratories of growth and innovation.

Municipal administrations are both innovators and supporters of innovation. On the one hand, their infrastructure and services - business incubators, research and development clusters, adult learning, or local partnerships - are conducive to innovation. Similarly, they are able to drive forward innovation by exercising their powers, for example, though stringent urban planning policies that ensure new approaches to housing, or procurement calls that favour new approaches to product design.

On the other hand, city administrations are innovators themselves. They adapt their work and services to respond to changing circumstances. By drawing on local intelligence, cities can develop entirely new solutions to challenges, such as healthcare or transport congestion.

We believe that cities should be placed at the heart of the EU’s Innovation Union and the accompanying ‘innovation partnerships’, and be well-placed to participate in key programmes such as Horizon2020.

15th World Conference of Historical Cities

Every two years the League of Historical Cities invites for a world conference. In 2016, Bad Ischl will be the host city. The conference programme also includes visits to Vienna, Salzburg and Hallstatt.

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start date: 05-06-2016
end date: 10-06-2016

  •  environment

Apply for the EU Sustainable Energy Awards!

Apply for the 2016 EU Sustainable Energy Award by 22 February to share your projects for clean, secure and efficient energy.

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publication date: 07-01-2016

  •  knowledge society

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publication date: 22-12-2015
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  •  mobility

OPTICITIES tutorial session - the latest on urban ITS

The next OPTICITIES tutorial session takes place in Lyon on 10 March 2016, and will showcase some of the latest developments in urban intelligent transport systems (ITS).

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publication date: 17-12-2015

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

EUROCITIES on COP 21 – Stockholm Royal Seaport

Stockholm’s ‘Royal Seaport’ development in converting former industrial brownfield land into a ‘climate positive’ living, working and social space by 2030.

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publication date: 11-12-2015

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

EUROCITIES on COP 21: smart city solutions for energy efficiency & climate change

How are cities are using digital technologies to tackle climate change?

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publication date: 09-12-2015

  •  culture
  •  environment

EUROCITIES on COP 21 – L’Ile de Nantes

Nantes is transforming a former industrial area into a sustainable living, working and leisure environment.

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publication date: 08-12-2015

  •  mobility

OPTICITIES tutorial session on innovative transport solutions

The OPTICITIES project will host a tutorial session in Lyon on 10 March 2016 to introduce some of the latest ITS solutions being developed as part of the project.

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publication date: 08-12-2015

  •  environment

The Bristol Method – a resource for sustainable cities

Bristol officially launched its toolkit at COP 21 to share the experience and knowledge the city has acquired as European Green Capital 2015.

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publication date: 30-11-2015

  •  economy

Lessons from our economic development forum in Zagreb

Our economic development forum met in Zagreb on 19-21 October for discussions on innovative forms of local economic activities supporting job creation; we share some lessons from the meeting.

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publication date: 26-11-2015