An agreement is in place between several organisations involved in the UK-China Smartcities initiative to develop a Joint Smart Cities Laboratory, co-located in Shanghai and Manchester.
These new funding packages will pave the way for deepened cooperation between European and Chinese research and innovation stakeholders by promoting a stronger Chinese participation in Horizon 2020. They will also be open to a variety of thematic areas such as food, agriculture, biotechnology, information and communication technology, space, aviation, energy, health, transportation, water resources, energy conservation, advanced manufacturing, new materials, sustainable urbanization and young scientists exchange activities.
The CHOICE project ended in December. Over the course of the past two years, the CHOICE project successfully contributed to supporting and strengthening EU-China research collaboration in the field of ICT.
The CHOICE project produced:
On 21 January, the European Commission announced the final competitors for the European Capital of Innovation 2016.
The nine finalists are: Amsterdam, Berlin, Eindhoven, Glasgow, Milan, Oxford, Paris, Torino and Vienna. The Commissioner also considers the achievements of each of nine shortlisted cities to be “outstanding in their own right” and he expects that they “will encourage many others to invest in their innovation ecosystems.”
The Netherlands EU Presidency has recently launched a dedicated website on the urban agenda. The Netherlands will be holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the 12th time during the first half of the 2016.
The EIP-SCC Roadmap 2016 “Supporting smarter European cities: better quality of life, growth, jobs and decarbonisation” was launched at 'Transport for Smart Cities 2016: scaling innovation in Europe' on 28th January.
Several Chinese smart city achievements were showcased during a workshop at the Lisbon-hosted ICT 2015.
The achievements showcased were associated with either the EU-China IST project, the China-Europe Public Administration project or the EU-China Smartcities project.
Showcasing was designed to inspire as much teach.
Workshop-related documents are available to download from the downloads section of the knowledge base and are marked with Lisbon.
The smart cities expertise of BDP Manchester took centre stage during a recent UK government/Manchester City Council mission to China focused on strengthening national and civic relationships.
BDP has been commissioned by Wuhan City Government to plan and design a new central business district (CBD). Wuhan is set to be one of CHina's eight 2025 megacities.
E-FORUM is set to lead an ICT2015 (Lisbon, 20-22 October) networking session showcasing successful EU smart city applications within the leading Chinese smart cities and providing an opportunity for interested European parties to secure future across-China deployment.
The session will principally utilise a “Dragon’s Den” format - a format which, by introducing a number of SMEs to Chinese companies and smart cities, proved successful during the UK-China Smart Cities project.