In order to build EU-NZ researcher connections, and to highlight the opportunities for EU/NZ research collaboration in the field of Smart and sustainable cities, an European ICT tour was organized on 12-16 November 2012 as a part of the activity of identifying prospective NZ partners with whom European researchers can collaborate among the ACCESS4EU:NZ project.
Representatives of the Universities of Auckland, Otago, Waikato, Canterbury and SCION Crown Research Institute involved in the field of smart and sustainable cities, attended this tour in Brussels and Barcelona.
The outputs have been very positive in terms of knowledge sharing on the context of Smart and sustainable cities in Europe, the different projects and current state of research and the funding opportunities available in New Zealand and in Europe. This tour has also enabled the New Zealand delegates to strengthen and develop their links with Europe while networking with key projects, research institutes and European organisations interested in EU-NZ research cooperation.
All participants had individually acknowledged that this ICT tour in Europe was very useful and confirmed that it was highly satisfying in all aspects of its organisation and content.
The next promotion tour organised by the ACCESS4EU:NZ project on Food/Health will take place on 11-15 February 2013.
“Building EU-NZ researcher connections, and to highlighting the opportunities for EU/NZ research collaboration”
This ICT tour is addressed to high profile New Zealand researchers active in the field of smart and sustainable cities. It offers a unique opportunity to build EU-NZ researcher connections, and highlight the opportunities for EU/NZ research collaboration.
Participants will attend the Smart City World Congress and Expo, which represents the global benchmark for the smart cities sector, bringing together key experts and the leaders of the most innovative initiatives in the world on a wide range of topics on smart cities including energy, technology, mobility, urban planning, the environment, geospace and management.
The study tour will also feature site visits to European laboratories specialized in specific axes of research such as quantitative transport research and transport modelling, EUROCITIES, being the network of major European cities, Living Labs representing a concept house of the future among others.
A New Zealand InfoDay will be especially organised on the occasion of this ICT Tour by the New Zealand Mission to the European Union in collaboration with the ACCESS4EU:NZ project to promote New Zealand research programmes accessible for Europeans to participate. This event will offer participants the opportunity to learn more about European-New Zealand research cooperation and to make connections for future collaborations.
This tour will finally be the occasion for the selected delegates to officially meet the different Units at the European Commission to further discuss on the opportunities of European-New Zealand joint research in the field of smart and sustainable cities.
For complementary information on this event, please contact the event organiser.