AMS Institute to lead smart cities sessions during economic mission to France (10 / 11 March)

Both French and Dutch cities are increasingly facing challenges of sustainability and quality of life and therefore need smart metropolitan solutions. Making the city ‘smart’ – or similarly ‘intelligent’ or ‘innovative’ – can help to tackle and mitigate these challenges.


To share thoughts and experiences and to come to further cooperation, ‘smart cities’ is one of the 8 themes during the economic mission to Paris on 10 and 11 March 2016, which coincides with the state visit of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen. AMS’ scientific director and professor at Delft University of Technology, Arjan van Timmeren, is asked to lead this theme.  Related to (smart) energy solutions a great example of international collaboration is the City-zen project, which aims to develop and demonstrate Zero Energy Cities with a central role for citizens. In this research 23 partners are working together to achieve a future-proof grid, innovative heat and cold solutions and energy efficient retrofitted buildings. Both Amsterdam and Grenoble are the living labs for these innovations. For the full article click here.

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