In addition to addresses from a number of leading experts and researchers as well as representatives from city organizations and companies, this autumn's Low Carbon Development World Forum will feature a series of intensive mini-workshops. These mini-workshops offer attendees an opportunity to engage with the issues driving global low-carbon development in thematically focused sessions. These mini-workshops are devoted to one of the forum's six key themes. Discussion within these sessions is focused around practical development currently underway in this area. 

The six thematically focused mini-workshops are:

Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Innovation (SASUI)
Espoo and Tampere are the anchor cities of the Tekes-supported SASUI project. The next phase of the project includes enabling Malmö, Lund, Hong Kong, and Shenzhen to join in the research. The emphasis at the WALCC forum will be on discussing the new ways-of-working and tools that will be needed to promote low-carbon initiatives such as zero-energy buildings or low-carbon transport in urban planning. Another identified development area is in wooden construction. The ambition with the workshop is to connect the participants of this project with other cities and companies active in this area.

Smart mobility
Smart mobility has been identified as one of the areas of joint development in the Tampere region’s cooperation with Region Skåne. A number of companies specializing in software solutions for smart mobility are located in Tampere. These companies are actively looking for cooperation with other companies, both in Finland and Sweden as well as internationally, in the interest of leveraging the results achieved in Finland and speeding up internationalization. Smart mobility is also among Tekes’s and VINNOVA’s focus areas. New project embryos have now been identified, and will be further developed during the workshop.

Revamping urban districts
The EU-Gugle project, which includes Tampere among its participating cities alongside Vienna, Aachen, Milan, Sestao, and Bratislava, will facilitate this topic. These cities have committed to renovating a total of 226,000m² of living space during the project’s five year span. The EU-Gugle project invites other cities, companies, and researchers to join the discussion and look for new innovative ways to undertake complex renovation initiatives. This mini-workshop will present interesting findings from the piloting work underway in the Tammela district of Tampere.

Industrial symbiosis
Side streams and new forms of using waste as raw material for value-adding activities are hot topics in many city development projects. This area has attracted the attention of several cities in the INKA program. LADEC, from the city of Lahti, is developing a joint program which aims to advance these efforts in a number of Finish cities. The envisioned direction for this development will be presented at the Tampere forum, allowing those in attendance to influence future of this development. This presentation will be focused on the international promotion of technologies in this area through successful local demonstrations.

Built environment and internet of things
Sensor technology, mobile communication, big data, and 3D-modeling are key technologies shaping how we deal with energy, security control, and building automation over the internet in the future. This applies to the external environment, such as air quality control, to physical buildings, and infrastructures, as well as to how we optimize our daily energy usage. Finnish companies are already in active cooperation in this area e.g. in the Beautiful Beijing initiative. The ambition is to build upon these experiences and identify new development opportunities at the Tampere Forum.

Green Hospitals
A rapidly ageing population imposes strong pressure on the public sector to find ways to enable customers to receive more efficient treatment, and reduce the amount of time spent in hospitals. At the same time, hospitals must also adapt to this new situation. Customer-centric care processes integrate the hospital with the home of the patient. The piloting of the Linkku mobile health clinic is one of the topics that illustrate this new trend. The sustainable transformation of hospitals to this new model is a key challenge in sustainable development and will be the focus of discussion at the forum.

The World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities looks forward to your attendance at the Tampere forum October 7-9, 2014 at the Tampere Hall!

For more information regarding the forum's agenda, registration, and accommodation during the forum please see the event details.

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Reframing City Districts (ReCiDi)

A research project conducted by the Universities of Turku and Tampere which aims to form a new conceptual framework which will help shape the collective identity and common vision necessary to realize the future low-carbon and sustainability targets.

Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Innovation (SASUI)

An action learning and research project conducted by Aalto University and the University of Tampere which aimed to form a better understanding of the architectural requirements for successful innovation projects.