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Laura Colini

Lab Manager

Lab "Low Carbon Transition"

Dear local support groups members and participants to the URBACT summer school, this message is to invite you to participate in the Low carbon transition Lab.

The topic of “low carbon transition” is rather a catchy title: it is meant to attract those of you who are eager to learn and share ideas about the work of local support groups with an ecological interest on urban challenges. We want to have fun and engaging discussions about what means today to rethink a more radical sustainable approach to cities: we will look at ecological politics and we will debate weather green necessarily translate into socially just for all. Your are more than welcome to join us throughout the summer school towards the creation of an action plan for the imaginary city of Allium.

See you in Dublin!

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Camilla van Deurs

Speaker, URBACT Talks

Cities for People

“What do you care about in the city? Are we designing spaces that support the life we want in the 21st century? Can we do more with less? These questions and more will be raised in the session.”


Jean-Loup Drubigny

Speaker, URBACT Talks

Inspirational Story from Around Europe

French nationality, born in 1945, has been working as a high civil servant in the French national administration. He first served in the ministry in charge of Employment, acting as expert for the European Commission-DG V on “temporary missions”. He has been representing the Government in different regions across France.

Mr Drubigny was appointed as expert to create the URBACT programme, which he led from its inception in 2003 until 2012. He is now an independent expert, living in Paris.

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Furio Honsell

Speaker, URBACT Talks

Leadership and European Networking

Furio Honsell, full professor of Informatics, graduated in Mathematics at the University of Pisa in 1980 and was awarded the Diploma in Mathematics at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa in 1983. He has served as a Researcher at the University of Turin, at Edinburgh University. In 1990 he was appointed full professor at the University of Udine, where he was first elected Head of the Department of Mathematics and Computing, and then Dean of the Faculty of Natural Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

He has been visiting professor at Stanford University, École Normale Supérieure of Paris, Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, Edinburgh University, and principal coordinator for many European scientific projects and coordinator of cooperation projects with cultural institutions in Europe and India.

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Sally Kneeshaw

Lab Manager

Lab "Open Innovation for Sustainable Cities"

Welcome to the Summer University lab on the theme of open innovation for sustainability. Together we will learn and exchange experiences of participative action planning focussing on innovation. The main challenge will be to improve networks and activities that help to harness the ideas of citizens, businesses, students and entrepreneurs, to make Allium a greener, more resilient and more resource efficient place to live, work and visit.

Come prepared for some hard work and some fun, tackling the sustainability challenges of Allium together with urban professionals from URBACT cities across Europe.