Europe’s largest event for sustainable cities.



Oslo | Norway
May 22-24 | 2019

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CIENS – Oslo Centre for Interdisciplinary Environmental and Social Research – is a strategic research collaboration of eight independent research institutes and the University of Oslo. The centre builds on a shared scientific strategy and cooperation on research projects. Urban sustainability is the theme that unites them the strongest in their endeavours.

LSE Cities

LSE Cities is an international research centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science that has pioneered interdisciplinary work on how cities across the world are designed, planned and managed to be more sustainable and equitable. The Centre studies how people and cities interact in a rapidly urbanising world.

Viable Cities

Viable Cities is a Swedish strategic innovation programme for smart and sustainable cities running from 2017 to 2029. Viable Cities invests in research and innovation for accelerating the transformation to climate neutral and resource efficient cities.

BI Norwegian Business School

BI Norwegian Business School is the largest business school in Norway and the second largest in Europe. BI’s vision is shaping people and business for an international, digital and sustainable future. BI uses UN’s sustainability targets within tutoring and research on four campuses, with the main one located in Oslo.

Norwegian Institute for Air Research

NILU is one of the world’s leading research institutes in the areas of urban air quality, environmental health and climate change. Its work contributes significantly to achieving the SDGs, especially within the priority areas: nature-based solutions and well-being, policy support, circular economy and bio-economy, sustainability of energy systems and environmental forensics.

NMBU – Norwegian University of Life Sciences

In its various faculties, NMBU educates landscape architects, planners and real estate developers who develop sustainable solutions for urban environments, works around the efficient use of wood in building structures and deals with urban agriculture and water drainage systems aiming to reduce pollution and CO2 emission.

Future Mobility Center

The Future Mobility Center unites the competences of RWTH Aachen University in the field of mobility research. Together with their partners, they develop sustainable solutions for the mobility of tomorrow. The goal is to provide an interdisciplinary platform for cooperation between science, industry and politics. In this way, FMC is bridging the gap between research results and marketable innovations.

TØI – Norwegian Centre for Transport Research

TØI is a national institution for transport research and development.The main objectives of TØI are to carry out applied research on issues connected with transport and to promote the application of research results by advising the authorities, the transport industry and the public at large. Its sphere of activity includes most of the current major issues in road, rail, sea and air transport.

UiO – Oslo University

The University of Oslo (UiO) is Norway’s leading university. Many of the 21st century’s global challenges in areas such as climate, energy, health, poverty and violation of human rights observe neither disciplinary boundaries nor geographic borders. UiO aims to make a significant contribution to the knowledge base that is needed to address the major societal challenges of today. UiO is working closely with the City of Oslo and other partners to make Oslo a sustainable knowledge capital.

Fraunhofer ISE (Institute for Solar Energy Systems)

With a staff of 1,200, the Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg (Germany) is the largest solar energy research institute in Europe. It is committed to promoting sustainable, economic, safe and socially just energy supply systems based on renewable energies. Research provides the technological foundations for supplying cities with energy, focusing on efficiency, conversion, distribution and storage.

The Research Council of Norway

The Research Council of Norway supports research and innovation activities with public funding of 9 billion NOK annually. The Council promotes innovation and sustainability, with research programmes on clean energy, transport, carbon capture and storage, the maritime sector and smart cities, amongst others. On May 21, 2019, the Council will host the annual Energy Research Conference in downtown Oslo.

Oslo Metropolitan University – NIBR

NIBR is research institute at Oslo Metropolitan University in applied urban and regional social and environmental research. NIBR’s work on urban and local sustainability stretches back to the 1980s, with the publication of the Brundtland report and the Local Agenda 21. The institute works closely with national and international city authorities in many applied research projects related to city governance, climate transformation, urban mobility, compact city development, public health, migration and integration, and sustainable social and economic decelopment.

ZEN – Research Centre on Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities

Their goal is to develop solutions for future buildings and neighbourhoods with no GHG emissions and thereby to contribute to a low-carbon society. In order to achieve this, they develop neighbourhood design and planning instruments integrating science-based knowledge on GHG emissions. A series of neighbourhood-scale pilot projects acts as innovation hubs and testing grounds for the solutions developed in the ZEN Research Centre.

JPI Urban Europe

JPI Urban Europe is an intergovernmental research and innovation programme addressing the global urban challenges of today with the ambition to develop a European hub on urban matters and create solutions by means of coordinated research and innovation. Their task is to connect public authorities, civil society, scientists, innovators, and business to provide a new environment for research and innovation. The main mission is to develop knowledge, tools and platforms for dialogues on urban transitions.

Fridtjof Nansen Institute

The Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI) is an independent foundation engaged in research on international environmental, energy and resource management politics and law. FNI has been voted ‘best European think tank’ in the field of energy and environment two years in a row, and also does research related to global environmental governance and law, climate change, biodiversity, Law of the Sea and marine affairs, Chinese energy and environment issues, and polar and Russian politics.

University of Applied Science Technikum Wien

The expansion of renewable energies and their integration into urban energy systems pose huge challenges, in particular in densely populated areas. UAS Technikum Wien works closely with research bodies, the energy industry, and other Austrian companies, and advises politicians and public bodies in this key area.

CICERO – Center for International Climate Research

CICERO executes research that makes a real difference on the local level. They focus on all aspects of the processes of transformation towards a low-emission society. They can assist with knowledge of processes (called ‘Short-travelled Quality’), calculations and instruments, and knowledge about climate affairs in the municipal sector.

One Earth

One Earth, a new journal published by Cell Press, is the home for high-quality research that breaks down barriers and encourages collaboration in environmental change and sustainability science. One Earth publishes research across the spectrum of natural, social, and applied sciences, with a particular interest in integrated, transdisciplinary studies. The papers we publish provide insight into the drivers and scales of environmental change, identify risks and implications for society, and develop transformative sustainable solutions.

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Looking very much forward to welcoming you in Oslo!
Birgit, Stein, Gerald & the FutureBuilt & Urban Future teams.

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

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

Networking partnerships: Christiane Wolfbauer, christiane@urban-future.org; +43 664 73 08 25 84