The “Horizon 2020 European Dialogue and Clustering Action Transforming cities, enhancing wellbeing: innovating with nature-based solutions”, to be held in the City of A Coruña (Spain), next May 16-18, 2018. This is a joint initiative of two European projects Connecting Nature and the support platform Think Nature and is co-organized by the University of A Coruna(Spain). Consult here the CONCEPT NOTE  of the event.

This symposium 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. 


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The event 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.

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


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:


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, Julie Barnett, University of Bath, Clare Twigger-Ross, Collingwood Environmental Planning, 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.


  • Information about  Nature- Based Excursions can be found here.

  • Information on travel to and accommodation in A Coruna can be accessed here

  • A Google Map with all of the main venues, airports  accommodation can be downloaded 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 United Nations Environment Program, the European Environment Agency, EU-Brazil – Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication, the European Dredging Association – EuDA, the European Platform of Construction Technology (ECTP), the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, WWF.


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, UK, Nicosia, Cyprus, Poznan, Poland, Paris, France, Tampere, Finland, , Genk, Belgium,Bologna, Italy, Malaga, Spain, Regensburg, Germany, Stavanger, Norway, Tbilisi, Georgia, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Karlova Ves, Bratislava, Ioannina, Greece, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Prague, Czech Republic, Pavlos 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.

Early  career researchers. As part of the event, we are hosting a short session which is first and foremost aimed at bringing together those early career researchers who are studying nature-based solutions. Nature-based solutions in cities have the potential to employ many people and have even more potential to become new enterprises or grow existing ones. So, as we gather in A Coruña, and as we listen to the cities and SME’s from many projects and regions of Europe discuss the potential for nature-based solutions, let us also see where early career professionals can fit into this arena and how it can benefit you from an academic or a practitioner point of view.  The Earlier Career Workshop is being coordinated by  Marcus Collier. More info HERE.


The main conclusions from the Horizon 2020European Dialogue and Clustering Action Transforming cities, enhancing wellbeing: innovating with NBS  will be elaborated to take the form of a “Roadmap for Research and Action on establishing a reference framework for NBS in addressing social challenges”. This will be made publicly available and will mark a milestone in the streamlining of efforts from both cities, policymakers, academics for accelerating transitions to more vibrant cities and sustainable cities in Europe and beyond.
Also, and based on the main discussions regarding the NBS impact evaluation, a white paper will be produced offering an overview of the current developments in the NBS field, identifying new tools and opportunities for  monitoring of NBS and showing the added value of it, all illustrated with  examples and aimed at informing the EU urban planning & sustainability policies.


The event is now fully subscribed.  A waiting list is in operation.  To add your name to the waiting  please register using this link

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