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April 1-3 | 2020

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The URBAN FUTURE global conference is organised by the Urban Future crew in Graz in close collaboration with each year’s host city team.
But the programme we create is shaped to a huge extent by these highly valuable organisations, each of them focusing on slightly different thematic areas, coming from different regions of the world facing different urban challenges. Without them, our community and our conferences would just not look the same.
Please meet our wonderful partners!

Camara Lisboa

This city truly stands out. Get amazed by all the tiles and hills, learn more about the magic “Saudade”, meet its creative young community and most importantly see how this rebel city is evolving and turning into a hotspot for sustainability with its citizens always at the core of its ambitions.


EU Green Capital

The award is the recognition of the work that Lisboa has been developing over the past decade. The jury valued the efforts to build a people-friendly city and advances made in areas such as energy efficiency and water management.

EU Green Capital


C40 Cities connects 94 of the world’s greatest cities to take bold climate action. Representing 700+ million citizens and a quarter of the global economy, mayors of the C40 cities are leading the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future.


Stadt Graz

The city of Graz has committed itself to sustainability and the responsible use of resources. As a rapidly growing city, residential construction relies on the renewable raw material wood and the use of environmentally friendly technologies. In terms of mobility, too, e-mobility, car sharing, etc. are being promoted.


Holding Graz

Holding Graz is an indispensable supplier of quality of life in Graz. As the largest municipal service provider in Styria, it plays a pioneering role in climate and environmental protection, especially in the fields of sustainable mobility, water supply and waste separation. The company’s main goal is to act responsibly – for current as well as future generations.



EUROCITIES is the network of major European cities. Their objective is to reinforce the important role that local governments play in a multilevel governance structure and aim to shift the focus of EU legislation in a way, which allows city governments to tackle strategic challenges at local level.



APCOA PARKING Group is Europe’s leading parking operator with more than 45 years of industry expertise. With its 5,000 employees, the company manages approximately 1.5 million individual parking spaces at over 9,500 locations in 13 European countries. APCOA – mobility starts here.


City of Braga

Considered to be one of the youngest European cities, Braga combines perfectly its two-thousand-year old History with an invigorating youth and vitality. The city has a strong commitment to promote development based on the transfer of knowledge, technology and eco sustainability.


NEC Portugal

NEC offers its customers, public and private, a set of digital transformation solutions which, through IoT, big data analytics and artificial intelligence, support organizations in the design and implementation of a planned and phased strategy for digital transformation which allows them to have a more efficient usage of their human, natural and financial resources.


Aguas do Tejo Atlantico

Águas do Tejo Atlântico’s mission is to explore and manage the multi-municipal wastewater sanitation system in Greater Lisbon and the West, ensuring the quality, continuity and efficiency of public water services, in the sense of protecting public health and the wellbeing of the population.



Porto has a “liveability agenda”, which has enabled it to become one of the best examples in Europe when it comes to true urbanism, rebuilding a city so that it is ecologically sustainable and regaining communities that are healthy and socially sustainable.


Ellen MacArthur Foundation

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was launched in 2010 with the aim of accelerating the transition to the circular economy. Since its creation, the charity has emerged as a global thought leader, putting the circular economy on the agenda of decision-makers across businesses, governments, and academia.


World Green Buliding Council

The World Green Building Council unites Green Building Councils in around 70 countries. Collectively, their goal is to eliminate the building and construction sector’s carbon emissions by 2050. WorldGBC takes action and is building a better future for everyone, everywhere.


Wien 3420 - Aspern

Wien 3420 AG is developing a smart city with a heart – the city-within-a-city will provide homes for over 20,000 people and almost as many workplaces by 2028. It is one of Europe’s biggest and most ambitious urban development projects.



It´s the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation´s mission to improve the quality of life through art, charity, science and education. They offer cultural activities, develop innovative pilot projects and support social organisations through grants.



Caetano strives towards the improvement of city transportation and to ensure a better future for urban populations. The company aims to combine their growth with urban sustainability and to build the future of cities with their partners. Caetano is well prepared for the future of mobility with a wide range of zero-emission solutions.


Covenant of Mayors

The EU Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy brings together thousands of local governments voluntarily committed to implementing EU climate and energy objectives. Signatory cities pledge action to support the EU 40% greenhouse gas- reduction target by 2030 and the adoption of a joint approach to mitigation and adaptation to climate change.


Circle Economy

Circle Economy connect and empower a global community with a powerful combination of practical and scalable solutions to create systemic transformation and turn circular opportunities into reality.


Visit Portugal

With its mild climate, 3 000 hours of sunshine per year and 850 km of marvellous beaches, Portugal is the perfect holiday destination all year round. The country offers an exceptional range of different landscapes, lots of leisure activities and a unique cultural heritage, where tradition and modernity blend together in perfect harmony.



The BCSD represents more than 90 leading businesses in Portugal, which are actively committed to a sustainable transition. On this journey they promote positive impact for stakeholders, society and the environment.


Visit Lisboa

In a city that never sleeps – What’s on? What to do? Exhibitions, concerts, restaurants, bars, the coolest places to go. Visit Lisboa tells you everything about Lisbon.



Hope Consulting & Services is specialized in the fields of sponsorship management, brand activation, talent management and event production. It combines the best team with the best professionals in order to fulfil the needs and desires of their clients, always with the aim of adding value to the process.



Polis is the leading network of cities and regions cooperating for innovative transport solutions. Polis fosters cooperation and partnerships across Europe to make transport research and innovation more accessible.



The UIA is the Urban Lab of Europe – they provide urban areas with resources to test new and unproven solutions to address urban challenges and see how these respond to the complexity of real life.


Creative Bureaucracy

In times of seismic shifts in our cities marked by climate-change, gentrification, overtourism, digitalization and populism, the Creative-Bureaucracy-Initiative aims to strengthen the public administration. As a creative, adaptive bureaucracy it can serve as the backbone of a future-oriented society.



WBCSD unites over 200 leading businesses, which all work together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. They work with companies along and across value chains to deliver impactful solutions.



CDP drives companies, cities and regions to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Its platform is one of the richest sources of information on how local and regional governments are driving environmental change.


Climate KIC

EIT Climate-KIC is a knowledge and innovation community that tackles climate change through innovation. With over 350 formal organisational partners from across 25 countries, they work on innovation to mitigate climate change and to adapt to its unavoidable impacts.



The CNCA is a collaboration of leading global cities working to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80-100% by 2050. The Alliance addresses what it will take to achieve these reductions and how cities can work together to meet their goals.


TAP Air Portugal

TAP is a Portuguese airline market leader, founded in 1945. The airline is a member of the Star Alliance, the largest global alliance of airlines in the world. With its Hub in Lisbon – a privileged access platform to Europe – at the crossroad with other Continents, the Company currently flies to Africa, North and South America.



Adapt.local is a network of municipalities and other public and private entities to boost local adaptation to climate change in Portugal. It promotes a continuous process of adaptive planning that increases the capacity of Portuguese municipalities and other entities to incorporate adaptation to climate change into their policies and instruments. 



METREX, the Network of European Metropolitan Regions and Areas, provides a platform for exchange of knowledge, expertise and experience on metropolitan affairs and joint action on issues of common interest.


Oslo Region Alliance

The Oslo Region alliance is a membership organisation of 82 local authorities, including the City of Oslo, four counties and municipalities. The region has about 2.46 million inhabitants. The goal is to strengthen the Oslo region as a competitive and sustainable region in Europe. Their common strategy on spatial development and transportation is the commitment to sustainable cities.


Innovation Norway

Innovation Norway is the Norwegian Government’s most important instrument for innovation and development of enterprises and industry. IN has taken a proactive role in steering companies towards thinking and acting in a more sustainable way.



URBACT enables cities to work together and develop integrated solutions to major urban challenges, through networking, sharing knowledge, and building capacities for urban practitioners.



FutureBuilt generates and promotes low carbon architecture and urban development in the Oslo region.


Torino Stratosferica

Founded in 2014, Torino Stratosferica is a collective project of city imaging: an experiment in constructing visually based narrative and powerful imagery to highlight the potential of the city and leverage its positioning.



WWF plans and designs the communities and cities of the future. They offer services in the fields of consulting engineering, environmental technology and architecture.



The European Green Capital and European Green Leaf Awards are both European Commission initiatives that reward European towns and cities that are making efforts to improve the urban environment and move towards healthier and sustainable living areas.


TheMayor.EU – the European Portal for Cities and Citizens

TheMayor.EU brings EU institutions, local governments and citizens closer together by promoting good practices in sustainable development and showcasing the advantages of innovative approaches to modern problems.


Impact Hub Lisbon

Impact Hub Lisbon enables purpose-driven individuals to create a bigger positive impact together – no matter what their background is. We are the place where dreamers, startups, entrepreneurs, investors, public institutions and corporates co-create a better future hand in hand.



The Urban Green Infrastructure International Conference is an interdisciplinary conference on green infrastructures and nature-based solutions for cities. The aim of this conference is to share and discuss the most recent work on green infrastructure and bring together researchers, architects, engineers, urban planners, landscape architects and policymakers from different nationalities.


Youth Climate Leaders

Youth Climate Leaders (YCL) catalyzes climate action by providing youth with training, networks and concrete opportunities to start their careers in the field of climate change.


ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

ICLEI Europe – Local Governments for Sustainability is the leading global network of over 1,500 cities, towns and regions committed to building a sustainable future.


UN Global Compact - Cities Programme

The UN Global Compact – Cities Programme is the urban arm of the UN Global Compact. Recognising the unique and complex challenges urban environments face, the Cities Programme works with the UN Global Compact’s network of city signatories to achieve fair, inclusive, sustainable and resilient cities and societies.


Oslo Business Region

Oslo Business Region’s ambition is to be a driving force for this development. OBR is constantly working to raise the number of startups with international potential.


Go Parity

GoParity is an online investment platform connecting individual and company investors with projects that contribute to the achievement of the SDG of the UN. GoParity operates on a crowdlending business model basis– debt crowdfunding – with aim to have a community of investors collectively lending money to projects.



Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) is a global network of smart cities and communities brought together by the ambition to improve the quality of life of their citizens through innovation and technology. The mission of OASC is to unite cities around the world to agree on common, open standards that enable a global market for urban, data-driven services based on the needs of cities and communities.



The Zoom Global Smart Cities Association are experts for smart city related challenges. They help cities, companies and all kind of organizations by developing inclusive action plans and roadmaps for each individual case.


DGNB German Sustainability Building Council

The aim of the DGNB is to promote sustainability in the construction and real estate industry and instil awareness of building sustainability among the broader population.


FMDV - Global Fund for Cities Development

The Global Fund for Cities Development (FMDV) is an NGO which supports emerging and developing local authorities in accessing the necessary financial resources to finance their urban development projects.


GBCI Europe

GBCI Europe is a local hub serving the needs of the European green building community by providing on-the-ground customer support for regional project teams and stakeholders.


JPI Urban Europe

JPI Urban Europe is an intergovernmental research and innovation programme with the ambition to develop a European hub on urban matters and create solutions by coordinated research and innovation.



scaling4good is a charitable think and do tank for diffusion and scaling of approaches towards a sustainable society. They identify how to grow, connect and replicate the great ideas and projects that pave the way to a better future.


Circular Oslo

Circular Oslo is promoting a multi-stakeholder collaborative environment to accelerate the transition toward a Circular Oslo Region by bridging bottom-up and top-down initiatives and mapping them to identifying their social, economic and environmental impact and connections to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.



Digitisation, automation and decarbonisation not only have an impact our mobility behaviour, they also change our societal model. As a consulative agency, AustriaTech supports the active shaping of these transformation processes in the field of mobility.



As an association of urban cyclists, MUBI works to improve the conditions for  bicycle-use in Portugal. Through community projects, sensibilication and motivation they drive the change towards bicycle-friendly cities.



The Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) is a peer-to-peer network of local government professionals from communities across the United States and Canada dedicated to creating a healthier environment, economic prosperity, and increased social equity.


International Federation of Pedestrians

IFP is a network of non-profit associations and individuals from all over the world, working for pedestrians and liveable public space since 1963.


Union of the Baltic Cities - Sustainable Cities Commission

UBC is a voluntary, proactive network mobilizing the shared potential of its member cities for democratic, economic, social, cultural and environmentally sustainable development of the Baltic Sea Region.


Zero Waste Youth

The Zero Waste Youth movement is a group of people engaged in the dissemination of the Zero Waste concept. They develop, apply and promote sustainable models and practices, and further work on the redefinition of the concept “waste”. 



BYCS works with businesses, governments and non-profits to initiate and scale breakthrough ideas that accelerate cycling in cities. In this way they unlock massive social, environmental and economic gains for everyone.



The Austrian Chamber of Commerce represents the interest of over 517.000 companies, ranging from small family-owned business to large cooperations. “We can do it!” is their motto for a better future.


ANCV National Association of Green Roofs

ANCV highlights the enormous importance, and the numerous contributions that green infrastructures can give to the possibility to create healthy, sustainable, biodiverse and resilient urban territories.


Circular Economy Portugal

CEP translates the principles of circular economics into concrete projects, using zero waste strategies, social innovation and collaborative action.



Euroheat & Power is a unique network of energy organisations and professionals, connecting industry players, decision-makers and academia to jointly drive sustainable heating and cooling.


El Desafio Foundation

El Desafío Foundation is a non-profit organization working in The Netherlands and Argentina, fighting poverty trough human and community development using sports, mobility, the creation of happy cities and social capital.



ACR+ is an international network of cities and regions sharing the aim of promoting a sustainable resource management, through prevention at source, reuse and recycling, and accelerating the transition towards a circular economy on their territories and beyond.



Beta-i is an organization created to boost entrepreneurship, and its mission is to foster a true innovation culture. Beta-i runs Smart Open Lisboa (SOL), a startup program focused on the validation and integration of innovative solutions meant to upgrade the citizens’ life.


Climate and Energy Fund

The Climate and Energy Fund is a funding organisation established in 2007 by the Austrian Federal Government. We support the implementation of the goals of the domestic climate policy. Thus we follow the roadmap of #mission2030, the climate and energy strategy of the government.


APAP - Portuguese Association of Landscape Architects

Founded in 1976, APAP is the only association representing the professional class of landscape architects in Portugal. Landscape architects combine the study of art, environmental sciences and architecture, so sustainable cities are one of APAP’s main focuses.


Cities Forum

CITIES FORUM is a global organisation with a multidisciplinary international group of experts in the breadth of topics related to sustainable urban development. It aims at being catalyst, working with cities, companies and organisations to address and solve their urban and sustainable development challenges more efficiently.



EurEau is the voice of Europe’s water sector. They represent drinking water and waste water operators from 29 countries in Europe and bring national water professionals together to agree European water sector positions regarding the management of water quality, resource efficiency and access to water for Europe’s citizens and businesses.


ECN European Crowdfunding Network

The European Crowdfunding Network AISBL (ECN) is a professional network promoting adequate transparency, (self) regulation and governance while offering a combined voice in policy discussion and public opinion building.



8 municipalities of Greater Porto found LIPOR in 1982 to implement a modern and integrated waste management for 1 million inhabitants producing 500.000 tons/year of municipal waste. LIPOR’s motto – Towards Sustainability – depicts a sustainable management and defines LIPOR’s current and future action.



With more than 300 social and environmental partners, ImpacTrip’s goal is supporting the local non-profits based on the most touristic cities around Europe on their mission to combat the negative externalities of development and the associated social problems.


Vertical Farming

The AVF is the leading global, non-profit organisation that enables international exchange and cooperation in order to accelerate the development of the indoor/vertical farming industry.



The Austrian Society for Environment and Technology (OeGUT) is a non profit organisation, aiming at the transition of economy and society towards a sustainable future. As a scientific platform for sustainable development OeGUT is performing networking activities with around 100 organisations and institutions.



The World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) was founded in 2006 and promotes the incorporation of ‘living architecture’ into urban planning, globally. WGIN strongly believes cooperative effort is needed to work for a better, greener and more sustainable world.


Dutch Cycling Embassy

The Dutch Cycling Embassy is a Public Private Partnership which represents a large network of 70 organizations offering the best of Dutch cycling knowledge and expertise, translating success stories from The Netherlands to countries and cities around the world.



Maptionnaire is a map-based survey tool which facilitates simple and effective public participation. It enables planners and researchers to collect, analyze and visualize map-based data, as well as citizens to co-design project areas and express their preferences and opinions.


EIT Urban Mobility

EIT Urban Mobility is a pan-European partnership of around 50 businesses, education, research excellence institutions and multifaceted cities. Its aim is to facilitate and fund the collaboration between these players to create mobility solutions that will accelerate the transition towards more liveable urban spaces.


All Things Urban

All Things Urban is a network of urban professionals working on city challenges worldwide. We share handpicked career and educational opportunities in areas of urban planning, studies and design and connect thousands of passionate urbanists to real-world projects.




H22 – A Smarter City is a long term investment in innovation and sustainable urban development by the City of Helsingborg, Sweden. H22 is also a city expo in 2022 that aims to explore and lead the way to a smarter and more sustainable urban planning and city life.



Ankix was founded 20 years ago in Portugal and is a Company aiming to share its know-how across the technological world. The years go by, experience increases, but enthusiasm remains.



Urbanólogo addresses current issues related to urban and territorial dynamics with emphasis on the Portuguese context. It is aimed at all those who work and investigate the territory and the social space, and seeks to disseminate research and practices for a more sustainable city.



Urban Arenas for Sustainable and Just Cities, a European Union Research Programme.



Building Global Innovators (BGI) is an American Style, world class deep tech Startup Accelerator. We provide opportunities to scale up via venture financing – connecting innovators with global investors.



ADENE is a private non-profit association with a public interest status which operates under the auspices of the Ministry for the Environment and Climate Action with the mission to develop activities in the areas of energy, efficient use of water and energy efficiency in mobility.



Área Metropolitana de Lisboa is a metropolitan area that encompasses 18 municipalities in Greater Lisbon and the Setúbal Peninsula. It is the most populous metropolitan area in the country.


Parents for Future Portugal

Sustainable families are the bases, the “dynamic force” for sustainable cities. Families are the atoms of the population living in cities, their positive behaviour drives change towards sustainability. Families, as consumers, are fundamental to demand more sustainable options, like sustainable houses, transportation, etc, i.e. sustainable cities.



Design and Architecture Norway (DOGA) is a driving force behind sustainable value creation through design and architecture. We facilitate collaboration between creative talents and businesses and work to strengthen the role of design and architecture in shaping the Norway of tomorrow.


Circular Wear

Circular Wear’s mission is to reduce waste and pollution in fashion industry, to change consumer behaviour and be part of the impact for change movement in textiles.


University of Applied Science Technikum Wien

By working closely with (non-)university-based research bodies, the energy industry, and other Austrian companies, and by acting in an advisory capacity to politicians and public bodies, UAS Technikum Wien is constantly striving to expand R&D activities  in accordance with the strategic direction set by national and European innovations.



The Transport Decarbonisation Alliance (TDA) accelerates the worldwide transformation of the transport sector towards a net-zero emission mobility systems. 



U-Shift is a research group who aims to address mobility and urban transportation problems by identifying and tackling problems via R&D projects, in partnership with the industry and using a diversified set of tools and methodologies.



NOVA Cidade is a network of people and organizations, powered by NOVA IMS, which represents the various actors that are part of the process of building smart cities. It develops, in a collaborative way, a set of activities aimed at promoting the creation and transfer of knowledge applied to the context of urban intelligence.



The voice of the Austrian municipalities. Informs politicans, practitioners and administration.



The international review of landscape architecture and urban design.


Smart Cities Portugal

The Portuguese Smart Cities magazine provides an extended overview and journalistic analysis of sustainable urban challenges and solutions, including sustainable urban planning, citizen engagement, urban trends, ICT, environment, health, education, energy, mobility, innovation, etc.


Fuckup Nights

Fuckup Nights is a global movement and event series that shares stories of professional failure.



Based in Brussels and Barcelona, REVOLVE is a communication group fostering cultures of sustainability. Their core mission is defined by the meaningful, effective and creative work that solves their partners’ challenges.


Austrian Roadmap 2050

The Austrian Roadmap 2050 is a media- and event-platform covering topics of the Austrian and European Mobility- and Infrastructure industry


Let's team up .

It is a good idea to join forces. Together we are stronger.

There are tons of possibilities to work together: mutual promotion, media cooperations, showcasing what you’ve got in our Green Business Village or becoming one of our premium business partners, hosting one of our field trips or planning a joint side event.

Want to talk it over? Get in touch.

Business partnerships: Gerald Babel-Sutter, gerald@urban-future.org, +43 699 13 33 13 16

Media partnerships: Lisa Gatterbauer, lisa@urban-future.org, +43 650 22 11 616

Networking partnerships: Cornelia Forsthuber, cornelia@urban-future.org, +43 699 13 33 13 13