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Program 4 topics – 40 sessions – in-depth discussions


Meet some of the most innovative experts, city planners, visionaries and public transport specialists from around the world who share their experience, discuss hot topics and provide know-how that will help you make your city’s mobility more sustainable.

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Living & City Planning

The built environment is one of the keys to having a sustainable city – and at the same time it is one of the biggest challenges. Discuss with urban planners, architects, engineers, developers, investors and many more how they’ve tackled this challenge and made their cities more sustainable.

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Cities are the sum of their citizens. This makes dedicated leaders and efficient communication central factors of success for sustainable cities. But how should sustainability be communicated in order to achieve true change? This is where communication experts get some answers.

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Cities are resource squanderers par excellence. But how can cities manage to use significantly less resources? Experts from all over the world, decision makers from municipal infrastructure providers, resource and waste managers share how it can be done. 

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Circular economy

Cities prepare for the next generation of growth
Date: March 2nd 2016, 11:00 – 12:30
  • Circular economy – restorative by design
  • Cradle-to-cradle and Zero Waste: only buzzwords?
  • Why circular economy could radically change our cities
  • Competitive advantages of circular economy: city case studies from around the world

Speaker: Stephanie Hubold (Chair), Hugo Maria Schally, Helga Vanthournout, Thomas Rau, Antoinette Guhl

City logistics

How cities avoid total traffic gridlock with new urban logistics concepts
Date: March 2nd 2016, 14:00 – 15:30
  • Logistics in cities: real effects of distribution traffic on today’s cities
  • Do we have to completely rethink how we distribute goods in order to prevent our cities from collapsing?
  • The most innovative urban logistics concepts from around the world
  • Inside the cities: how we implemented change in urban logistics



Speaker: Michael Browne (Chair), Fernando Gonzalez Vara, Dan Evanson, Tanja Ballhorn Provstgaard, Diana Dizian, Philippe Gache

Austrian Smart City Days

Open Space: Innovation for urban quality of life
Date: March 2nd 2016, 14:00 – 17:30

Powered by bmvit & Klima- und Energiefonds

Speaker: Brigitte Hammerl, Remko Berkhout, Nikolaus Lallitsch, Heidrun Primas

Communicating sustainability

Making ideas happen: how to successfully communicate sustainability
Date: March 2nd 2016, 16:00 – 17:30
  • Communicating sustainability: how your efforts will make a difference
  • Psychology meets sustainability: how humans make decisions
  • Understanding the barriers and the solutions for better climate communication
  • Plan the communication for your sustainability project properly - or it is destined to fail
  • Key success factors for communicating sustainablity
  • Case studies: successful sustainability campaigns

Speaker: Barbara Evaeus (Chair), Ed Gillespie, Per Espen Stoknes, Jeni Cross, Silke Kleinhückelkotten, Alexandra Würz-Stalder

Circular economy

The business case
Date: March 2nd 2016, 16:00 – 17:30
  • Circular economy and business: how companies around the world benefit
  • Key learnings from the circular economy process in businesses
  • Stop improving: start from scratch
  • How to initiate new thinking in your city

Speaker: Peter Hopkinson (Chair), Vigga Svensson, Craig Jones, Joost van Faassen, Anton Brummelhuis

Cities, sensors & data

Searching for happiness: Can Big Data make cities more sustainable?
Date: March 3rd 2016, 09:00 – 10:30
  • What Big Data can – and can’t – do for cities
  • What are the real benefits for citizens?
  • Where data is helping: exciting Big Data case studies from cities around the world
  • How urban data influences city planning

Speaker: Steve Turner (Chair), Nikolaos Kontinakis, Heimo Haub, Julia Kloiber, Elaine Trimble, Harald Meixner

Cities, sensors & data

Innovation and digital revolution: Are our cities’ structures being overwhelmed by the speed of change?
Date: March 3rd 2016, 11:00 – 12:30
  • Digital innovation in real-time: How can cities’ structures keep up?
  • New technologies raise expectations: How can administrations keep up with citizens’ expectations?
  • Innovative management: these cities changed from the ground up
  • Cities and Open Data: how the availability of data increases the competitive advantage of cities and promotes innovation

Speaker: Christian Kittl (Chair), Christian Resebo, Colette Maloney, Peter Stücheli-Herlach, Florence Castel

Electro mobility: focus on e-taxis

E-taxis revolutionise the taxi market – and the cities at the same time
Date: March 3rd 2016, 14:00 – 15:30
  • The business case of e-taxis in cities
  • The world’s most successful e-taxi businesses and what cities can learn from them
  • How cities are changing their taxi fleets: case studies
  • Financial support needed? How cities and governments support e-taxi activities

Speaker: Karen Vancluysen (Chair), Rauno Andreas Fuchs, Brahim Boukadid, Harald Wakolbinger, Aida Abdulah

Communicating cities

How cities (should) communicate with their citizens – and the relevance of digital media
Date: March 3rd 2016, 16:00 – 17:30
  • Psychology of communication: latest research that will influence the way cities communicate
  • They are in trouble! Rapidly changing requirements for cities’ comms teams
  • Communication x.0: what real-time communication really means for cities
  • New generation of urban communications: innovative cities and their new approach to communication

Speaker: Nicola Vatthauer (Chair), Sebastian Kirchner, Karin Wiesinger, Jörg Pribil, Leonhard Poropat, Gideon Schmerling

Revitalising cities and city districts

Rising from the ashes: how cities and districts are being reinvented
Date: March 2nd 2016, 16:00 – 17:30
  • Revitalizing districts: How cities did it, plus what mistakes to avoid
  • Revitalization meets businesses: how cities successfully integrate
  • business communities in urban development projects
  • The most exciting revitalization projects: case studies
  • Success factors: what urban planners can learn from realized projects

Speaker: Patricia Brown (Chair), Igor Kos, Mikele Brack, Jennifer Keesmaat, Erich Ranegger, Klaus Loenhart

Realizing Smart City Graz

Date: March 3rd 2016, 16:00 – 17:30

Powered by Smart City Graz

Speaker: Bertram Werle, Lisa Enarsson, Hans Wilhelm Alfen, Kai-Uwe Hoffer, Christian Nussmüller

Electro mobility: focus on electric and hybrid busses

Are electric and hybrid busses true alternatives for urban public transportation systems?
Date: March 3rd 2016, 16:00 – 17:30
  • China’s successful e-bus manufacturers are causing established bus brands to fret
  • Why more and more cities electrify their bus fleets
  • Busses change cities: e-bus case studies from cities around the world
  • Latest technological developments and solutions for e-busses

Speaker: Robert Stussi (Chair), Umberto Guida, Ulf Gustafsson, Joachim Kossow, Mark Poulton

Public participation

Much ado about nothing: Is public participation just a fad and marketing tool or a real social trend?
Date: March 3rd 2016, 11:00 – 12:30
  • Is there a new social trend?
  • Meet the agents of change: private initiatives that have rapidly overtaken politicians
  • What successful cities should learn from private initiatives

Speaker: Julian Petrin (Chair), Roland Krebs, Miriam Freudenberger, Nicola Vatthauer, Matthias Trenel


How cities around the world are using bicycles to reinvent themselves
Date: March 2nd 2016, 14:00 – 15:30
  • Why more and more cities are placing bicycles in the very centre of their mobility strategy
  • What role can bicycles really play in urban mobility?
  • From car city to bike city: meet urban planners and decision-makers who have done it
  • How to make your city a "bike city“
  • Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires or Medellin: South-American bike cities on the fast-track

Speaker: Florian Lorenz (Chair), Marianne Pfaffinger, Marin Hyla, Luc Ferrandez, Mikael Colville-Andersen, Ricardo Marqués

Cities & waste

How innovative waste solutions help the environment and can save millions
Date: March 3rd 2016, 09:00 – 10:30
  • Green procurement: cities rethinking their procurement approach
  • The implementation challenge: learn about cities that made innovative systems work
  • Waste pricing: an important tool in changing citizen behaviour

Speaker: Marion Courtois (Chair), Ralf Mittermayr, Christine Sautenet, Marco Mattiello, Roland Pomberger, Monica Monteiro


The Champions’ League of urban public transportation: Yet, where is multi-modality truly working?
Date: March 3rd 2016, 09:00 – 10:30
  • Where and how is multi-modality working?
  • Success factors for multi-modality in cities
  • Multi-modality as a strategy: meet the decision-makers and implementers from several cities
  • How should cities deal with their commuters?

Speaker: Barbara Muhr (Chair), Martin Russ, Isabelle Maes, Nicola Schelling, Toby Rackliff, Karen Vancluysen

Public participation Workshop

Making Public Participation truly work
Date: March 3rd 2016, 14:00 – 16:00
  • When public participation makes sense and how you make it work
  • Language of change: that’s how you activate your citizens for change

Workshop by Rita Trattnigg and Thomas Haderlapp, Institute for Cultural Change

German only! 

Speaker: Workshop Chairs Rita Trattnigg and Thomas Haderlapp

Communications & governance

No governance without communications: how people change the decision making processes in cities
Date: March 3rd 2016, 09:00 – 10:30
  • The decision-making process in cities is changing: governance in times of real-time communication, a changing society and a more than ever urgent need for sustainability
  • Cities need to change their way of communicating in order to enable process change
  • Can public participation work „on demand“?
  • The Urban Lab to enable change in cities

Powered by Graz University 

Speaker: Sascha Ferz (Chair), Friedrich Zimmermann, Ursula Seethaler, Christian Scholl, Rita Trattnigg

Tackling Climate Change Workshop

Cooperation across sectors: challenges and possibilities in urban leadership
Date: March 3rd 2016, 09:00 – 11:00

Workshop by Per Boesgaard, The Climate Unit, City of Copenhagen

Speaker: Workshop Chair Per Boesgaard

Driverless transportation systems

Why more and more cities are investing in driverless mobility systems
Date: March 3rd 2016, 11:00 – 12:30
  • Which systems are currently being introduced – and why?
  • One size does not fit all: For which cities would it make sense?
  • Talk to the experts: public transportation operators share their experiences with driverless systems

Speaker: Robert Stussi (Chair), Thomas Ledwolorz, Marcus Weerasinghe, Hans-Rudolf Feuz, Franz Kaiser

Green buildings

The world of green buildings: Is going green really easier than we think?
Date: March 3rd 2016, 14:00 – 15:30
  • Are you ready to be surprised? The most innovative green buildings from around the world
  • Why green buildings are still the exception
  • The sustainable business case: Do green buildings pay off for developers?
  • Sustainable building renovation

Speaker: Johannes Kreissig (Chair), Robert Schild, Elizabeth Rapoport, Hubert Rhomberg, Wolfgang Frey, Erhard Pretterhofer


How to make change happen in your city
Date: March 3rd 2016, 14:00 – 15:30
  • The importance of leadership in change processes
  • Don’t worry (too much) about public opinion: the magic of „just doing it“
  • Mediocrity must never be the goal: meet the leaders who changed their cities from from the ground up
  • City of stakeholder groups: how you can pioneer change, identify the important stakeholders - and get them on board
  • Change your city, make it more sustainability and get re-elected

Speaker: Greg Clark (Chair), Mike Lydon, Jennifer Keesmaat, Mick Cornett, Andreas Weinberger, Maria Vassilakou

Cities fighting climate change

Taking the lead: how cities around the world fight climate change
Date: March 2nd 2016, 16:00 – 17:30
  • COP21 recap: the bottom line for cities from the world’s largest climate conference
  • Why sustainable growth will not work without climate protection
  • Cities leading the fight against climate change: meet the mayors
  • Know what you are doing: case studies from cities fighting climate change

Speaker: Júlia López Ventura (Chair), Rui Moreira, Katrina Folland, Per Boesgaard, Tim Pryce, Neil Bird


Urban Cable Cars
Date: March 3rd 2016, 11:00 – 12:30
  • Urban cable cars as true alternatives in the public transportation mix?
  • Case studies from around the world
  • Enabling urban cable car projects in cities
  • Q&A with providers and cities who run cable cars

Powered by Doppelmayr and Leitner Ropeways

Speaker: Steven Dale (Chair), Markus Schrentewein, Thomas Schubert, Joachim Hofmann-Göttig, Pedro Olivares, Joachim Dejaco


The Mayor as CEO: how mayors need to lead their cities in the century of change
Date: March 2nd 2016, 11:00 – 12:30
  • Why cities want to be „smart“
  • To be or not to be: why a city's competitiveness decides its future
  • You think your city is not affected? Think again – and good luck for the future
  • The mayor’s role is changing: take a close look at the required skills

Speaker: Greg Clark (Chair), Sally Kneeshaw, Michele Acuto, Klaus Wowereit, Markus Tomaschitz

Green Buildings

Challenge of the century: upgrading Europe's building stock
Date: March 3rd 2016, 16:00 – 17:30
  • New building solutions are needed: but most building codes effectively prevent innovation and discourage investment
  • Innovative construction vs. regulation: how cities are cleaning out their building codes in order to speed up innovation
  • How can we enable more innovative buildings in Europe?
  • The most advanced building regulations: meet the city representatives

Powered by World Green Building Council

Speaker: James Drinkwater (Chair), Hubert Rhomberg, Gernot Weiss


Financing Smart Cities
Date: March 3rd 2016, 11:00 – 12:30
  • Financing substantial changes in times of severe financial constraints in cities
  • The most important EU funding programs
  • Social impact bonds
  • Innovative municipal financing instruments

Powered by World Bank

Speaker: Greg Clark (Chair), Tjalling de Vries, Alvaro Santos, José Sequeira, Ton Overmeire, Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg, Catherine Farvacque-Vitkovic

Mobility & urban planning

Traffic everywhere: How can we solve the urban mobility crisis? Mobility experts, urban planners and communication experts join forces
Date: March 2nd 2016, 16:00 – 17:30
  • Solutions for the traffic chaos must be integrated: how do mobility experts, urban planners and communications experts work together
  • Case studies from around the world: see how cities turned around their traffic situation
  • Importance of communications for changing urban mobility

Speaker: Thomas Madreiter (Chair), Lisa Trickett, Richard van der Wulf, Michael Gotz-Richter, Gert Blom

Facilitating the transition towards sustainable cities

Date: March 2nd 2016, 11:00 – 12:30
  • Urban Europe: Europe`s largest project on how to facilitate changing cities
  • Transition pathways: the different routes cities take on their transition to sustainability
  • How to make interdisciplinary cooperation truly work in your city
  • Q&A: meet the city changers

Speaker: Margit Noll (Chair), Niki Frantzeskaki, Antonin Tym, Carl-Johann Engström, Annemarieke van Egeraat, Benjamin Caspar

Climate change & leadership

Who cares? Why cities, mayors and businesses will be caught up in climate change sooner than expected – and what to do
Date: March 2nd 2016, 14:00 – 15:30
  • Climate change and its consequences: What does it really mean for our cities?
  • Changing the game: your city’s businesses will be effected by climate change
  • Why mayors need to act now
  • How cities deal with climate resiliance

Speaker: Tobias Kettner (Chair), Helga Kromp-Kolb, Sandro Nieto Silleras, Sabine McCallum, Juliette Daniels

Leadership & Competition

Strategy required: how cities compete on a global scale for business, investments and talent
Date: March 2nd 2016, 16:00 – 17:30
  • Competing Cities: How, where and why?
  • Cities and strategies: how strategic leadership successfully positions cities for international competition
  • Experts talk: Meet city strategists from Paris, Barcelona, TelAviv, Berlin und Vilnius

Speaker: Greg Clark (Chair), Carine Saloff-Coste, Josep M. Pique, Philipp Bouteiller, Remigijus Simasius, Klaus Wowereit, Gideon Schmerling

Autonomous driving (AD)

Great expectations: When will we all be autonomous on the road – and what will that mean to cities?
Date: March 3rd 2016, 09:00 – 10:30
  • AD from a vehicle perspective: the road to AD
  • Legal issues and barriers – what is to be done?
  • Road infrastructure: Is there a need for adaption?
  • User acceptance and socio-economic aspects: what people expect and what the effects of AD will be

Powered by Virtual Vehicle

Speaker: Jost Bernasch (Chair), Barbara Lenz, Peter Hrassnig, Andreas Eustacchio, Michael Glotz-Richter, Werner Rom


Transforming cities: how urban governance and city councils benefit from success factors
Date: March 3rd 2016, 14:00 – 15:30
  • Technological and social innovation: the involvement of citizens and the introduction of smart systems in cities
  • Transforming the city in times of austerity policy
  • Integration of urban systems into regional and national innovation systems
  • Joint decision making in city councils
  • Coping with complexity and conflict
  • Best ways to govern and implement change

Speaker: Christiane Gebhardt (Chair), Alanus von Radecki, Teresa Almeida, Herbert Brüning, Philipp Bouteiller, Alexander Holst