Transforming cities, enhancing wellbeing innovating with nature-based solutions


The “Horizon 2020 European Dialogue and Clustering Action: Transforming cities, enhancing wellbeing: innovating with nature-based solutions” will take place since 16th of May and the venue will be the main building of the Barrie Foundation in St. Cantón Grande, 9, A Coruña. 

Transforming cities 18′s AGENDA

Download the transforming cities 18 PROGRAMME in pdf version

The complete agenda of the event can be consulted in the following links:

Transforming cities 18 will focus on 3 main themes:

The event will adopt the highly dynamic and interactive format of a pressure cooker, with guiding questions and specific outcomes prepared for each day aimed at learning and exchange among participants.


Cities Summits are 90-minute sessions in which a combination of cities and city-planners, researchers and entreprise representants with long experience in nature-based solutions present their innovative experience in implementing and measuring the impact of green infraestructures and discuss how to create robust an innovative forms for NBS assessment. The content of each cities-summit session can be consulted here:


The event will bring together key actors (e.g. business representatives and market actors, scientists and experts, policy makers and end users such as municipalities, local and regional authorities) from across the EU and from overseas, including relevant representatives from the European Commission and other international institutions dealing with the funding, monitoring evaluation of nature-based solutions.

Several European-wide research projects, CONNECTING NATURE, THINK NATURE, Urban GreenUP, GROWGREEN, UNALAB, PHUSICOS, ISOCARP and NAIAD, will showcase their demonstration actions of large-scale design, implementation evaluation of NBS. Among the participants, we have representatives of the European Investment Bank,  European Commission, EU-Brazil – Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication, WWF Switzerland, The Mersey Forest, Rutgers University Center for Green Building, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, German Aerospace Center – DLR, Fundação para Ciência e a Tecnologia – FCT Lisboa, Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering, FORTH (Foundation for Reseach and Technology Hellas), Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité, European Regions Research and Innovation Network, European Dredging Association – EuDA, European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP), BiodivERsA.


The ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability network and a selection of European cities, pioneers in the implementation of solutions based on nature, will present their experiences and challenges in the design and financing of ecological infrastructures.

Participant cities are: A Coruna, SpainGlasgow, UKNicosia, Cyprus, Poznan, PolandParis, France,Tampere, Finland, , Genk, Belgium,Bologna, ItalyMalaga, Spain, Regensburg, GermanyStavanger, NorwayTbilisi, GeorgiaSantiago de Compostela, SpainKarlova Ves, BratislavaIoannina, Greece,Sarajevo, Bosnia and HerzegovinaPrague, Czech RepublicPavlos Melas, Greece, London, UK, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy, and City of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Enterprises and SME’s will engage directly with from European cities and showcase their innovative solutions in a NBE Pitch Battle: Be one of the 12 companies selected to pitch your nature-based solution to city managers from all over Europe in a fun, quick-fire pitch battle. Download the Expo Catalogue here.


Josefina Enfedaque, European Commission, Ariana Nastaseanu, Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). Giovanni Fini, Bologna City Council, Adina Dumitru, University of A Coruña, Ricardo García-Mira, University of A Coruña, Nikolaos Nikolaidis,Technical University of Crete, Denia Kolokotsa, Technical University of Crete, Nick Pearce, University of Bath, Marcus Collier, Trinity College Dublin, David Maddox, The Nature of Cities, Gillian Dick, Glasgow City Council, Andreas Littkopf, Austria Environmental Agency, Jennifer Senick, Rutgers Center for Green Building, Kate Reilly, IUCN-International Union for Conservation of Nature, Siobhan McQuaid, Trinity College Dublin, Jean-Marc Tacnet, IRSTEA, Niki Frantzeskaki, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Alice Reil, ICLEI-Europe, Katrien van de Sijpe, Genk city council, Marino Cavallo, University of Bologna, José Juan Díaz Trillo, Spanish Parliament, Jose Manuel Silva Rodríguez, Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, María García Gómez, A Coruña City Council, among others.

Consult in the bio of the keynotes and speakers who are presenting their experience in the event.

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