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Commission invites top experts to shape new research and innovation missions

The European Commission launched today a call for experts to join ‘Mission Boards’, which will advise the Commission for the identification and implementation of missions in Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation programme.

There will be five ‘Mission Boards’, one for each of the following areas:

These missions will be high-ambition, high profile initiatives, to find solutions to some of the major challenges faced by European citizens, with a clear target that captures the imagination of citizens at large.

The deadline for applications is 11 June 2019. Each of the ‘Mission Boards’ shall consist of up to 15 members.

Read more and apply here! 

Adaptation to climate change including

  • Societal transformation;

  • Cancer;

  • Healthy oceans;

  • Seas, coastal and inland waters;

  • Climate-neutral and smart cities;

  • Soil health and food


Dear JPSC Colleague and Supporters,

24 – 26 of June 2019, we will be in the Wonderful Copenhagen for our Summer Partner meeting, kindly hosted by DTU.

Please read the program carefully, sign up and plan your visit, we are excited to share progress, challenges and news with our partners and guests. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are looking forward to seeing you there!


NTNU has a new office in Brussels; Rue Guimard 9, 1040 Brussels. We are looking forward to welcoming you there! The official inauguration took place the 3rd of May by DG RTD Jean-Eric Paquet.

Smart Cities Guidance Package has been launched!

The Smart City Guidance Package: the way forward – A Roadmap for Integrated Planning and Implementation of Smart City projects

European Committee of the Regions, Brussels, 8th May 2018 – Energy efficiency and strategic collaboration with local partners, supported by ICT tools to improve the quality of life of European citizens, having a long-term perspective on the built environment in mind: these are the key elements of the sustainable city of the future identified by the ‘Smart City Guidance Package’ (SCGP) launched by the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) during the event hosted by the European Committee of the Regions.

The Guide published by EIP-SCC takes its cue from the 17 objectives for 2030 set by the UN on sustainable development and proposes a roadmap in seven steps in order to support stakeholders in the integrated, cross-domain planning and implementation of innovation projects, synergies and strategies for the smart city.

The work was led by Judith Borsboom-van Beurden, Senior Researcher Smart Sustainable Cities at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The Guide will be linked online shortly.

2019 Call for ABSTRACT for EERA JPSC second Special Issue on Tools, technologies and systems integration for the Smart and Sustainable Cities to come is now closed. Please send an e-mail to if you have any questions.

Joint Program Smart Cities Winter partner meeting took place in Freiburg, Germany 22 – 24 January 2019.

It was a very successful event with more than 20 presentations, external guests and experts, collaboration partners in addition to the EERA JPSC partners. The progress of the SET-Plan Action Implementation 3.2 on 100 Positive Energy Districts within 2025, is very visible in our Work Program and plans ahead for cooperation on PED definition, mapping and KPI’s, among other things. We will coordinate calls and other highlights within our scope and share it with our readers.

We will share more highlights and photos with you here and also video recordings of some of the exciting presentations!

Visit at the Historical City Hall

About us

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 Plus 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: Campus Iberus)

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EERA Joint Program Smart Cities were present! Read the report here.

See the photos from the Smart Cities Expo here! 

Have a look at the partners/associates

If you would like more info, please fill out the short contact form here.

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