Europe’s largest event for sustainable cities.


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Lisbon | Portugal
April 1-3 | 2020

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Better together .

The URBAN FUTURE global conference 2020 is organised by the Urban Future team in Graz in close collaboration with the municipality of Lisbon.
UFGC20 is one of the signature events of Lisbon’s European Green Capital 2020 campaign and will be co-hosting several international networks and EU projects that will use the event for meetings and public gatherings.
Please meet the shapers of the UFGC20 programme, our 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

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.


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.


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.



While Leca® LWA (Light Weight Aggregate) is a simple product, the different solutions are innovative. Alone, it is one single expanded clay pellet, but combining the pellets into an aggregate, possibilities become numerous. Leca® has been around for a long time, so they know that their products work – and they last.



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.



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.



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.



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



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


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.


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.


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 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.



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.


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.


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.



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.



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.



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.



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.


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 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.


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.



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.



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



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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.



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. 


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.


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.


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 European Federation of National Associations of Water Services. We represent national drinking and waste water service providers from 29 countries, from both the private and the public sectors.



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.


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.


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.



As one of the ten largest R&D investors in Portugal, CEiiA is a Centre of Engineering and Product Development that designs, develops and operates innovative products in the mobility industries.



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.



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.



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.



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: Julia Reiter, julia@urban-future.org, +43 699 13 33 13 21