How to successfully implement a sustainable and smart transition? The Smart City Institute proposes a comprehensive basic training course, combining both theory and, above all, practice, which will enable you to acquire the knowledge, skills and managerial tools you need to move your transition forward and make it a reality!

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After 5 editions that enabled over 100 professionals to take action, our traditional Smart Cities Management training course is getting a makeover: in 2023, it's back with a new name, a new format, a new methodology and a new program to discover!

iconeInfo 2023 EDITION : From 10 October to 21 November 2023 (5 days)

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About the program

In order to better respond to today's and tomorrow's global and local challenges, this training course will raise the managerial stakes of the Smart Territory concept: how can we better understand the complexity of territories and improve their management? It will focus on the latest innovations in strategy, project management, monitoring and evaluation, change management, governance and citizen participation that will bring significant improvements in citizen well-being and sustainability.

Objectives and benefits  

What is the added value of this training for you and your organisation ?

For you

  • Understand the many managerial challenges of sustainable and smart territories and the role of different categories of players in this context.
  • Be inspired by new solutions and innovative best practices related to the sustainable and smart transition of territories.
  • Feed your thinking through collective intelligence.
  • Equip yourself with strategic and managerial methodologies and tools for implementing "Smart Territory" initiatives.

For your organization

  • Facilitate the definition and implementation of your organization's strategic challenges.
  • Encourage the mobilization of the players involved.
  • Promote the emergence of Smart Territory ambassadors who can disseminate the best practices learned.
  • Develop and integrate a network of people and experts from the Smart Territory (Smart City/Smart Region) ecosystem in Belgium.

How is this course conceived and what does it offer?

A hybrid approach

This innovative, interactive training program combines theoretical scientific and academic content in asynchronous mode with practical application in face-to-face sessions.

A few hours' work beforehand..

Before each training day, participants will have to see for themselves the material and resources made available to them: readings, video capsules, preparations, etc. for around 2 to 3 hours of work per week.
This initial theoretical part is essential to prepare for the face-to-face days, entirely dedicated to exchanges and practical input.

... 5 days of face-to-face training in 8 modules (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) with :

  • High-quality practical input from academic trainers andspeakers from the field,
  • Case studies, collective intelligence sessions, workshops and concrete illustrations,
  • Topics adapted to the needs and issues identified by our target audiences,
  • A list of complementary scientific articles, available to participants who wish to further their knowledge in this field

Creating a community

For sharing content and exchanging experiences between participants, trainers, speakers and the Smart City Institute team. At the end of the program, a closing drink is also planned to encourage networking.

Calendar & schedule  

How are these days organized? Discover the calendar.

Part 1 - Strategic and operational management of your approach



October 10, 2023 1 Defuse blockages linked to prerequisites
2 Assess your territory's level of maturity thanks to SCMM
October 17, 2023 3 Manage your Smart Territory projects efficiently using the SPMM
4 Monitor and evaluate your Smart Territory strategy and projects


Part 2 - Smart Governance to support your transition



November 7, 2023 1 Manage change to become Smarter
November 14, 2023 2 Understand the governance mechanisms essential to your territory's digital transformation
3 Understand the challenges of public-private collaborations and partnerships
November 21, 2023 4 Plan, organize and evaluate citizen participation

Pedagogical team  

Who are the experts who contribute to the programme ?

Nathalie Crutzen medaillon 

Prof. Nathalie Crutzen, Academic Director of the Smart City Institute

Nathalie Crutzen holds a doctorate in economics and management and is Professor of Strategy, Performance Management and Sustainability at HEC Liège, and founder of the Smart City Institute. She has developed her expertise in strategic management, management control, innovation, sustainability and Smart Cities.




Audrey Lebas medaillon 

Audrey Lebas, Researcher at the Smart City Institute

A graduate of Maastricht University in public affairs and an eco-consultant, Audrey Lebas has published two reports on monitoring Smart Cities for the Smart City Institute. She is currently working on mobility, a subject in which she has acquired expertise through her previous professional experience.




Olivier Lisein medaillon 

Olivier Lisein, Lecturer at HEC Liège and Senior Associate Researcher at LENTIC, ULiège

Olivier Lisein, PhD in Management Sciences and Lecturer at HEC Liège, teaches various courses in Change Management and Innovative Project Management. He is a senior research associate at LENTIC.



Anthony Simonofski medaillon 

Anthony Simonofski, Professor at UNamur

Prof. Anthony Simonofski is Professor of Digital Transformation in the Department of Management at the University of Namur, Belgium. He is also co-founder of the Research Center on Information Management and Digital Transformation (MINDIT) within the Namur Digital Institute. In 2019, he obtained his PhD in business economics from KU Leuven and his PhD in computer science from UNamur. His research and teaching focus on the digital transformation of organizations from several angles, including public sector transformation (smart cities, open data, digital governance).



Catherine Elsen medaillon 

Catherine Elsen, Professor in the Faculty of Applied Sciences, ULiège, Inter'Act team

Catherine Elsen, an architectural engineer by training, is a professor at the University of Liège (Inter'Act team) and a member of the Collegium of the Royal Academy of Belgium. She obtained a PhD in Engineering Sciences in 2011 (ULg), and a Master's degree in Labour Sciences and Society in 2009 from the CNAM (Paris). Her research focuses on design processes (in architecture and industrial design), and more specifically on the impact of design tools on cognitive processes such as the integration of user needs, creativity and participation.



Lara Vigneron medaillon 

Lara Vigneron, Founder of Yuza

Lara Vigneron is the founder of the consulting company Yuza. She supports innovation projects in the healthcare sector based on a user-centered approach. A civil engineer with a doctorate in engineering sciences, she is also a scientific collaborator at the University of Liège for the Inter'Act team, with whom she works on the development of new participative methods to promote well-being and quality of life in Smart Cities.
Target audience  

Who is this training for ?

This training course is aimed at all key stakeholders in sustainable and smart territorial transition initiatives (public, private and academic sectors), whatever the size and/or nature (urban or rural) of the territory concerned.

Public sector

Managers in charge of a territory's sustainable and smart transition (Smart City Manager or similar), political leaders and public decision-makers, mayors, ministers, general managers, department directors, etc.

Private sector

Executives, department managers, financiers, entrepreneurs, engineers, etc.
Any qualified person working in the environment, mobility, energy, technology, agri-food, Smart City development sectors, etc.

Academic sector (all disciplines)

Architects, geographers, computer scientists, urban planners, environmentalists, sociologists, tax specialists, economists, etc.

In practice  

What is the format, the location, the price, the certification and the language of the course ?

Title issued

Certificate of attendance

Location and schedule

The 5 face-to-face days will take place from 9:00 to 17:00 at HEC Liège, rue Louvrex 14, 4000 Liège.


1490€ all-inclusive (including catering during face-to-face days and closing drink). This price is exempt from VAT in accordance with article 44 §2 4° of the VAT code)


The entire course is given in French


How to register for this course ?

Interested? Registration is now open and can be done online via our registration form.

Alumni of one of our courses? You can participate in certain modules only. Please contact Cécile Caputo.

Registration closes on September 19, 2023.


Contacts and informations  

Any questions ? Feel free to contact us ! 

Program and content information

Training manager, Smart City Institute HEC Liège



Why take part in this course?

About the Smart Cities Management training course

WHAT OUR ALUMNI SAY (2021, 2018 & 2017)
Watch the video debriefing with alumni 2021



With the support of Wallonia in the framework of its Smart Region programme, part of its Digital Wallonia strategy.


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updated on 6/8/23

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