The 3rd meeting of the City Science Initiative (CSI)

The 3rd meeting of the City Science Initiative (CSI)

Tuesday, September 24th 2019 in Brussels

The City Science Initiative aims to strengthen the ways in which science and research can help address the urban challenges and to develop a structured approach to evidence-informed policy-making at cities’ level. The third meeting will gather representatives from cities like Paris, Hamburg, Cluj and Warsaw in Brussels. Below is a brief description of the program.


After greetings from Deputy Director-General Charlina Vitcheva (JRC) and Deputy Director-General Patrick Child (DG R&I), the session will start at 12.30pm with an introduction to the work programme and deliverables for 2019-2020 for the City Science Initiative by Caroline Nevejan. It will proceed with a presentation of the 5 city challenges, with a first part from Lead Cities and the presentation of the Knowledge dossier by the European Commission, concluding with a part dedicated to questions and discussion for each challenge.

At 3.30pm, after a short break, cities and networks’ representatives as well as actors will be invited to join groups accordingly to the challenge they are most interested in, and will discuss the methodology to adopt in facing this challenge. A plenary discussion will come next, based on the methodological ideas and recommendation emerged from the group sessions. The plenary discussion will also be the occasion for addressing the next steps of the City Science Initiative (CSI) and in particular the tools to activate better cooperation with cities willing to join the network. A presentation of the CSI’s website will eventually be set up.

In the evening, from 7pm to 9pm, R&I will provide for a presentation of Horizon Europe and Charles Landry will present the output of the High-Level Expert Group on Innovating Cities which will then lead to a discussion moderated by Jean François Aguinaga, Head of Unit ‘Future Urban Mobility Systems’, DG R&I.

Civic-ness for Social Infrastructure

Civic-ness for Social Infrastructure

Luiss University will host the event “Civic-ness for social infrastructure” on September 25th 2019. The conference will take place in the LOFT located in the Luiss campus, Romania 32 and will start at 6pm.

Fondazione Italia Sociale and Luiss University have indeed started a dialogic process called “Civic-ness” aimed at identifying the cornerstones of a design collaboration to develop theoretical and empirical knowledge through didactic initiatives and applied research on the theme of civicness.

The latter is understood as a mentality oriented towards civic responsibility, sustainability for the production of civic value, legality and merit, implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

“Civic-ness” therefore aims to generate and spread a civic mindness to make the concept of civic responsibility the common heritage of the future ruling classes, also with the objective of updating or overcoming the concept of the so-called third sector and offer a response to the civic spread.


Greeting address

Giovanni Lo Storto, Director Luiss

Introduction to the work

Andrea Prencipe, Rector Luiss


Elena De Nictolis, Post-doc fellow Luiss


Enzo Manes, President of Fondazione Italia Sociale “The civic spread and social infrastructure”

Edoardo Reviglio, Head of International and European Projects of the Cassa Depositi e Prestiti and member of the High Level Task Force on Social Infrastructure “The role of investment in social infrastructure”


Esmeralda Valente, MIBAC – DG AAP

Federico Merola, CEO Arpinge SpA and member of the ASTRID Foundation Board

Christian Iaione, Professor Luiss and Co-Director of LabGov.City

Creative Bureaucracy Festival

Creative Bureaucracy Festival

The Creative Bureaucracy Festival aims at gathering initiatives that bring up new ideas to open administrations. It will take place from Friday 20th September 2019 (1.00 pm – 9.00 pm) to Saturday 21st September 2019 (10.00 am – 6.45 pm) in Klunkerkranich, Karl-Marx-Straße 66, 12043 Berlin.

The Festival will notably host the first international forum of the innovation agencies, as well as mindlabs and will welcome administration actors who have generated efficient solutions, from Germany and abroad.

The Festival will be the occasion to address questions including: What skills for the future bureaucrat? How to ensure more flexibility in the relationships between the bureaucracy and individuals ? What space for the digitalization to breed a citizen and socially-oriented public sector?

As part of this event, participants will be invited to discuss practical examples of modern leadership, professional-training programs, transformation processes and mechanisms to initiate change.

Eventually, a last part will consist in inviting representatives of leading national and international administrative universities to discuss about ideas and solutions concerning the scarcity of skilled labour, talent maturing, as well as the challenges of civil servants in the future.

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Global Parliament of Mayors’ Annual Summit

Global Parliament of Mayors’ Annual Summit

LabGov’s co-founder Pr. Sheila Foster and Pr. Chrystie Flournoy will participate as experts in the Global Parliament of Mayors’ Annual Summit, that will take place this year from November 9-11 in Durban, South Africa.

The Global Parliament of Mayors will gather mayors from all continents who will discuss about their local experience, share their know-how on ways to tackle local challenges resulting from global issues as well as international city experts.

This summit is aimed at raising local voices and knowledge into the global strategy debates and at calling attention on the necessity for practical and action-based solutions.

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Policies to support the public demand for innovation

Policies to support the public demand for innovation

On July 9th, the city of Naples will host the third stage of the Roadshow to promote knowledge and the use of innovative tenders.

What are the opportunities related to the use of innovative contracts? What are the tools to make the most of them? To what extent can these procedures represent an opportunity for public administration, companies, start-ups and the research world?

After the events held in Rome and Milan, the roadshow AgIDConfindustria-Conference of Regions and Autonomous-ITACA Provinces will stop off in Naples on Tuesday 9th of July, at the headquarters of the Unione industriali di Napoli (Sala d’Amato). Protagonists of public and private innovation, to deepen the advantages, and resources allocated for innovative tender procedures.

During this day of work, the new collaboration agreement signed by the Mise (Ministry of Economic Development) and the AgID for the implementation of public calls for “imaginative projects to answer public demand” will be presented before an audience of business representatives, administrations, innovation procurement brokers, public research institutions and universities.

It will be the occasion for the Mise to start the program with the launch of the first call.

The day will be divided into two sessions:

  • 9:30 am – 12:30 pm: Policies to support public demand for innovation will be addressed and a discussion will be held on the way to enhance innovative procurement within the planning of purchases and needs;
  • 2.30 pm -17.00 pm:  “We do innovation procurement: a laboratory for PA (the Public Administration), companies and research” by AgID: the theme of open innovation, will be explored through its links to innovation contracts. The innovation needs of some of the most important public subjects will also be presented.

The event is part of the process initiated by AgID, Confindustria, the Conference of Regions and Itaca, to promote the knowledge and use of innovative tenders.

Detailed program available in italian here:

How to participate:

Those wishing to participate in the event can send a confirmation email to this address, specifying name, surname and organization: ricerca&