10:30 11:10

Opening ceremonies

11:10 11:30 Keynote speech, PhD Jan Dusik, UN Environment Europe
11:30 13:00 Introductory session “INNOVATIVE ECO-CITY: healthy environment, healthy citizens”   

Discussion panel: Reference to topics discussed during the thematic sessions and workshops during the conference: cities adaptation to climate change, building resilience to negative effects of climate change, air quality, reduction of emissions, spatial development and pressure on sub-urban areas, urban revitalization processes, greening the urban space, sustainable mobility policy, infrastructure and resource management (circular economy), the role of ICT and open data in building healthy cities, social participation in urban management.

 Moderator: Marta Kielczyk

13:15 14:30 ECO-MIASTO competition award ceremony for cities leading in an implementation of sustainability policies
14:30 15:30 Lunch   
15:30 17:00 A0 CITY & CLIMATE CHANGE

Adaptation and resilience to climate change in the context of development opportunities. 
We need to be aware of the importance of forecasting of climate change consequences and taking appropriate steps in order to minimize or preferably avoid harm in urban areas. Following aspects are to be expected during the discussion: risk management, estimating resilience to climate change and the social context of adaptation. The biggest threats for cities are linked with after-effects of change in thermal conditions, occurrence of extreme phenomena – especially heavy rains resulting in flooding and infrastructure malfunction, droughts causing water deficit. Among threats which are typical of cities, we can indicate the risk connected with disrupted air circulation due to high level of pollution.

Moderator: PhD Andrzej Kassenberg - The Institute for Sustainable Development

      A1 Air quality

Air pollution remains the main reason for environmentally related premature deaths in Europe – over 400 000 European Union citizens die prematurely due to low air quality (annually). Air quality standards are being exceeded in 23 out of 28 member countries. Are city campaigns effective enough to address the problem? What can we do to raise social awareness of the issue?

Moderator: Anna Gayer - Warsaw University of Technology

  • PhD Krzysztof Skotak - National Institute of Public Health
  • Jacek Goszczyński - WIOŚ Bydgoszcz
  • PhD Jakub Jędrak - Polish Smog Alert
      A2 The urban heat island

Urban space is dominated by asphalt and concrete. It results in overheating of the abovementioned surfaces during summer days and returning the heat to the environment during the night. As a consequence the average temperature is higher in the city center than in the suburbs. What are the possible ways to tackle the problem? What are so called Nature-Based Solutions? How does the urban heat island affect human health?

Moderator: PhD Elżbieta Szopińska, Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences

      A3 Green and blue infrastructure

Green and blue investments have a big advantage – they are universal, which means they bring social, health, economical and environmental benefits. How can we encourage city authorities to invest in such solutions more often?

Moderator: Karolina Maliszewska – Sendzimir Foundation President

  • Prof Maciej Zalewski - University of Łódź 
  • João Dinis - Cascais (Portugal) 
  • Małgorzata Hajto - Institute of Environmental Protection
  • Kinga Lewicka - the City of Radom
      A4 Crisis and on-site rainwater management

We are facing extreme weather events more and more often. The biggest threat to cities is connected with violent rainstorms. What can we do to prevent our streets from becoming rivers during heavy precipitation? What solutions can be implemented to eliminate or significantly reduce the risk of flooding?

Moderator: PhD Wojciech Szymalski, The Institute for Sustainable Development

17:00 18:30 Networking – cocktail – exhibition



Are cities ready for circular economy? Effective resource management enables the change in dominant tendency which makes the economic development dependent on the use of resources. We should try to adjust our production and consumption in a way that allows the reasonable and efficient use of water, energy, rainwater but also urban space and waste. The process seems inevitable if we are to build an environmentally friendly cities of the future. We should look forward to the circular economy as a reference but are cities ready enough to face the challenge? How to prepare our cities to facilitate closing the loop cycle? Plenary session participants will represent:

Moderator: Aldo Vargas Tetmajer - URBACT

      B1 Water efficiency

Can waste water transferred to the sewage treatment plant be managed in a way that brings benefits to the city? How can we reduce potable water consumption? Is it all possible without harming the so far known standards of water-related services? Smart rainwater management and technologies reducing the water consumption are appropriate things to start with.

Moderator: PhD Karolina Skalska - KPMG

      B2 Waste management – when your waste are our resources

In recent years we are constantly wondering if there is an optimal waste segregation system and how to educate inhabitants to make it work smoothly. Year 2020 is a deadline for achieving 50% share of waste recycling. Maybe we are about to seek additional incentives for the citizens? Can the constantly changing legal regulations support meeting exigent objectives?

Moderator: Adam Mierzwiński

  • Magdalena Gosk – Ministry of Environment (tbc)
  • Paweł Okrasa - The City of Wieluń 
  • Bartosz Mirowski - The City of Piła
  • Magdalena Sułek-Domańska
      B3 Sustainable consumption – new business models

Effective water, energy, waste and land management is crucial from the perspective of sustainable cities development. More efficient resource planning is a way to reverse a trend of linkage between city development and growing resource exploitation. How can new business models promote innovation? Where are we supposed to look for their patterns?

Moderator: Katarzyna Błachowicz - Recykling

      B4 Financing sustainable urban development

New sources of financing are crucial for the development of future sustainable cities, in the context of new challenges lying ahead. Meeting the demands of urban population growth will only be possible by expanding city budgets and supporting resource efficiency and availability. Financial solutions, that will be discussed during the session, can open up new possibilities for urban development.

Moderator: Andrzej Porawski - Association of Polish Cities 

  • Piotr Michałowski - European Investment Bank
  • Paweł Lisowski, Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego 
  • Joanna Niedziałek - National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the European Union Institute of Fundamental Technological Research Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Ministry of Economic Development
  • Wojciech Stawiany - National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management
11:00 11:30 Coffee break

In the city of the future economic, social and environmental issues need to be complementary and coexist with each other. Smooth urban management requires comprehensive and holistic approach to sustainability. This means that aspects such as zero emission transport, creation of green public spaces, effective resource and energy management, revitalization processes and prevention of social exclusion should be taken into account. Modern technologies makes the enormous amount of data generated by cities manageable – as a result it is possible to perfect systems of management by using open data and IoT.

Moderator: Marcin Popkiewicz

      C1 Smart city solutions - transportation and related issues (Sharing Cities project)

Modern metropolitan areas cannot exist without smart transportation system. The concept of sustainable transport demands safe, convenient and effective commuting, which means that the importance of public transport is about to increase. How can we encourage inhabitants to change their commuting habits?

On the other hand, transportation, however crucial, remains a part of a wider idea of smart cities of future, efficient and friendly for both environment, climate and - first of all - for their inhabitants. Therefore, during the workshop the speakers will also mention how transportation can be integrated within the framework of larger development areas, combining solutions in the field of energy-efficient buildings, electric mobility, energy management systems and ICT infrastructure.

Moderator: Bernadett Köteles-Degrendele - EUROCITIES

C2 CLIMATE GROUP: LED technology in street and building lighting

In terms of improving energy efficiency, we can take advantage of huge potential in using LED technology lighting in urban space as well as in infrastructure. It is capable of reducing energy consumption by 40-70 percent. Possible additional benefits of using LED’s can be seen in their future integration with smart city solutions and development of IoT. The workshop will consist of, among others, presentations devoted to cities that went for a transfer to LED technology and Q&A session.

      C3 Smart citizens into our smart cities: Provoking large-scale behaviour changes

Effective growth in energy efficiency requires inclusion of local communities. A key role in this respect belongs to social campaigns like “step by step”. Where and how to look for adequate opportunities for growing awareness among citizens so they will be willing to re-think their habits?

Moderator: Aldo Vargas Tetmajer - URBACT

      C4 Open data sharing's effects on a sustainable development of the cities

Cities across the world differ but they often face similar challenges. Managing modern municipalities can be potentially easier when we identify common problems and search for universal solutions together. How should we approach international cooperation oriented on implementing smart city concept? How to make smart use of open data?

Moderator: Robert Widz - OmniGea Foundation

13:15 13:30 Conference conclusions and closing ceremonies
13:30  –  14.30 Lunch and networking