Smart Inspiration Day 2023
Smart Inspiration Day 2023 - The Smart City Institute's annual event dedicated to the sustainable and smart transition of territories is back for a 6th edition, this Tuesday 16 May 2023 at BluePoint Liège. On the programme: inspiring conferences and a panel discussion, which this year will focus on the link between circular territories and sustainable and smart transition. Discover our programme and speakers now!
SMART INSPIRATION DAY 2023
Inspiring conferences and discussions // Networking
Tuesday 16th May 2023
From 14:00 to 18:30 - BluePoint Liège
Because they share a common goal, namely to provide a sustainable response to the major global challenges facing our territories, the Smart City (or sustainable and smart territory) and circular city/territory approaches are resolutely complementary. Beyond the objective they share, they also present methods that are beneficial to each other. Indeed, the circular economy is one of the axes on which sustainable and smart territories rely to support their sustainability through a creative, innovative and more inclusive economy. On the other hand, sustainable and smart transition approaches can contribute to the success of circular initiatives, notably through a better understanding and organisation of urban flows, or the establishment of collaborative ecosystems that are necessary for this type of approach.
During this event, we will discuss how these two models of territorial development can complement each other, and even amplify each other's impacts, through the experience of Belgian and international experts acting for the development of the circular economy, at different territorial scales.
To open and close our conferences, we will have the pleasure to welcome Isabelle Rawart, Smart Territory advisor at the Agence du Numérique as well as Wilfried Niessen, General Director and Dean of HEC Liège.
NB: all conferences and discussions will be translated into English as well as French
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Like the signatories of the Circular Cities Declaration, more and more European cities and territories are committing themselves to the circular economy. Based on his experience and the lessons learned from the various European projects he has accompanied, Simon Gresset will discuss the importance of mobilising local stakeholders and their crucial involvement in the successful transition to a circular economy. It will also be an opportunity to discuss the advantages of data collection and analysis, which are essential methods for guiding decision-making, whether it is a question of acquiring better knowledge of the territory and the energy and material flows that make it work (urban metabolism), or of measuring the impact of the policies implemented (evaluation of public policies).
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As part of his research on the circular economy, Benoit Ruysschaert conducted a survey among all Belgian municipalities in late 2022. The objective: to understand how the circular economy is adopted at the local policy level. This survey, a first in Belgium, achieved a high response rate, as it gathered answers from more than half of the country's municipalities.
The survey not only reveals the number of local authorities that have adopted the circular economy in their programmes. It also gives an overview of the different approaches taken. During this conference, you will discover the main obstacles, motivations, tools, ... that can play a role in the adoption of the circular economy within local authorities, in order to support their sustainable transition.
The panel discussion
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After the presentation of several European initiatives and an overview of the situation in Belgium, this panel - placed under the sign of experience sharing and best practices - will be the opportunity to discuss the two Belgian regional initiatives in terms of circularity, but also to discover the actions implemented within the city of Wiltz (Luxembourg). Through their exchanges, our panelists will talk about the steps taken in their respective territories to support the circular transition at the regional/local level, the challenges encountered, or their approach to the Smart City and how it can be integrated into their circular reflections. With the participation of :
NB : Elke de Taeye' speech will be in English. An interpretation service (EN->FR) will be provided during his speeches. All the conferences and discussions will be also translated from French to English.
Finally, after the conferences and discussions, we invite you to take part in a convivial networking drink from 16:45 to 18:30.
How to register
All registrations are free (but required) and must be done online, via our registration form, until Monday 15 May 2023. Limited number of places
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