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EERA JPSC Summer Partner Meeting: 27 – 29 May 2020 in Lisbon!

Dear Partners and friends,

Please save the date for our next partner meeting which will take place in the charismatic city of Lisbon, Portugal! It is kindly hosted by our valued Partner LNEG and they have already prepared and exciting program for us. We will share the details shortly, stay tuned! If you have any questions or ideas for the event, please e-mail


The 2019 Winter Partner meeting was well attended!

We are delighted to report that the number of participants at our various partner and open sessions were very well attended and the outcome is highly valuable for our continuous work with the five Positive Energy Districts modules.

We will share more highlights, photos and the presentations shortly, and in the meantime, we wish you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Warm regards from the EERA JPSC Coordination Team

News alert 25 November 2019: Special Issue 2|2019 is published! 

The SPECIAL ISSUE 2 “Tools, technologies and systems integration for the Smart and Sustainable Cities to come” is here! Enjoy reading!

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EERA JPSC Winter Partner Meeting Dec. 2019 – registration is open!

The EERA JPSC Winter Partner meeting of 2019/2020 will take place in the pittoresque city of Bolzano December 2019! The Italian Sud Tyrol region offers a lovely setting for this event and we are looking forward to seeing you there! For more information about the program and workshops, please download our program here or register directly!

EERA JPSC aligns with the timeline of the SET-Plan Action 3.2 Implementation Working Group, towards the preparation of a Joint Call by JPI Urban Europe. This Partner meeting will focus on the way forward to reach the this objective. 

FYI: Our partner meeting will be back to back with the “SMART AND SUSTAINABLE PLANNING FOR CITIES AND REGIONS – SSPCR 2019” and there are a lot of exciting events to attend in addition to our own program. Please make sure you check out the program for the side events, in particular, we recommend the UERA-led event: “Building Collective Intelligence to Support Local Government”. You may read the program for the UERA workshop here.

Please also visit the conference website for more information and registration for the SSPCR Conference:

Bolzano Christmas Market. Copyright: Alex Filz


Great presentations from our partners and guests are taking place, the future of energy exchange, virtual grids, virtual power plants, regulatory flexibility and much more. Research & Innovation is the most important driver for the green development Europe has committed to. Parallel with the knowledge on citizens behaviour and needs, new pilot projects are building bridges between the technology and user.

We are also excited that the Cost Action on PED will move forward to the next level after an intense period with preparation and mapping lead by LNEG. The proposal phase is in motion and now led by Fraunhofer ISE and DTU. At the moment, we have 12 committed partners, representing 8 European Countries. If your organisation would like to join this project, please don’t hesitate to get in touch:

DTU-Projects: Cities and FED (see the presentation here)

SPARCs-Project intro by CVUT & VTT (see the presentation here)

In addition to the EERA Smart Cities summer meeting, a seminar on developments for bicycle safety and infrastructure was organized in Nordhavn Energylab. Speakers were professionals from consulting firms AF consult (Gothenburg) and Trivector consult (Lund) as well as different actors from DTU Transport, Copenhagen Commune and EIT Urban Mobility KIC and members from EERA Smart Cities.

Cartsen Rode from DTU civil engineering kicked off the presentation with an introduction about Nordhavn energylab, and the innovative pilot projects from DTU that are being implemented in this living lab. After this the presentations about cycling were started by Mad Paulsen, from DTU transport, who is modelling congested cycling traffic in Copenhagen. Complications that arise from the complexity of human behaviour, and the approximation with agent-based modelling. Bjerhem Joakim from AF consult, who was discussing a tool for cyclist inspection followed. The concept is to provide an easy yet accurate tool for municipalities to assess their cycle infrastructure by measurements registered in an app.

Second round of presentations started with Anders Jensen from DTU transport discussing what factors influence the route choices for cyclists in Copenhagen. Marcus Myhrmann from DTU transport followed up with a presentation on his research of what factors influence bicycle safety. Henrik Morgen was excited to announce the kick-off of the EIT urban mobility kick. They are looking for partners and stakeholders to participate in their projects.

Signe Helledi from the office of super cycle highways continued after the break explaining the different factors contributing to the success (and not) of the cycle super highways. Copenhagen is connecting its outer communities with excellent cycle lanes to alleviate roads and congestions. Anna Clark from Trivector consulting in Lund concluded the presentations with data driven cycling innovations, and the contributions to system change.

After lunch there was a tour through the district of Nordhavn, organized by ByogHavn, showcasing the public transport and cycling friendly connectivity, pilot projects and other initiatives started in the area.



Photos: UNIBO/Giovanni Semprini

During our partner meeting, several results from the mappings which are ongoing, was presented. One of them being the Matchmaking survey (See the presentation here: 20190625_CVUT-MATCHMAKING_EERA-JPSC_ 2019Results.)

The other was the mapping for PED Guides & Tools lead: Fraunhofer Ise, and they are continuing to explore the various tools available and analyse the usage and gaps. Here more data is welcome, so if you have anything to add, please fill in this form!

About us – Work program

Since its creation eight years ago, the EERA Joint Programme Smart Cities and its participating institutions have contributed significantly to research and innovation in smart cities. The main objective is to develop strong research and innovation for smart planning, design and operation of urban energy systems, firmly integrated with cities’ social, cultural, innovation, economic, regulatory and legal perspectives, to achieve the SET-Plan highly ambitious target of developing 100 Smart Positive Energy Districts in Europe by 2025 (Action 3.2) Read more about our commitment and mapping activities here.


100 Positive Energy Districts by 2025 – 5 modules:

  • Module 1 Towards European Positive Energy Cities (Lead: VTT & TNO)
  • Module 2 PED Labs (Lead: LNEG)
  • Module 3 PED Guides & Tools (Lead: Fraunhofer ISE)
  • Module 4 PED Replication & Mainstreaming (Lead: CVUT & ENEA)
  • Module 5 Monitoring and Evaluation (Lead: AIT)

Expert pool:

  • SP1 Energy in cities (Coordinator: VTT)
  • SP2 Urban energy networks (Coordinator: ENEA)
  • SP3 Energy-efficient interactive buildings (Coordinator: LNEG)
  • SP4 Urban city -related supply technologies (Coordinator: NTNU)

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