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January 2023

ELISE workshop on AI for sustainable smart cities

19 January 2023, 14:00 - 17:00


On 19 January the ELISE network – one of the EU’s artificial intelligence networks of excellence – is convening a workshop exploring how AI could contribute to the development of sustainable, smart cities. The EU’s Cities Mission, aims to deliver 100 climate-neutral, smart cities by 2030, creating innovation hubs that will support all European cities to achieve climate neutral status by 2050. Achieving these goals will require action to improve urban planning, increase the sustainability of urban mobility, and deliver clean energy districts, amongst other interventions.

Advances in AI are intertwined with European ambitions for a healthier, wealthier and more sustainable society. Last year, ELISE published its vision for a European AI, setting out its roadmap to create AI technologies that are technically advanced, robust in deployment, and aligned with social values. This workshop will explore how AI can help, identifying where further AI research and policy development can unlock innovation.

Workshop programme

13.00 – 13.30 – Introduction and opening perspectives 

Jessica Montgomery, Director, AI@Cam, and Neil Lawrence, DeepMind Professor of Machine Learning, University of Cambridge 
Christina Martinez, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, Mission Cities 
Jennifer Schooling, Director of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC), at the University of Cambridge. 

13:30 – 14:45 – Discussion sessions: Aspirations for AI in building climate neutral and smart cities with AI 

14:45 – 15:00 – Break 

15:00 – 16:00 – Roadmapping: Achieving progress in the use of AI in Building climate neutral and smart cities with AI 

Register here

May 2023

Organic Textile Forum

8 - 10 May 2023

The Organic Textile Forum in Konstanz, taking place from 9-10 May, with an evening event on 8 May will have "Resources with future potential - sustainable materials and innovative raw material alternatives" as its main topic

Textile producers, dealers, organisations and authorities are always somewhere in a value chain between customers and suppliers. The pressure for social and sustainable management of all those involved as part of these supply chains is increasing. Not least because new legal regulations make it necessary and more and more customers, including consumers, are asking for sustainable products. The fact that the environment suffers from textile production and the working conditions in production countries are sometimes catastrophic calls for more responsibility on the part of business, civil society and politics.

The Organic Textile Forum will show the breadth of these challenges, but at the same time will also present solutions, good approaches and best practice examples. More information about the 2023 Organic Textile Forum and its programme can be found here.