FUTURE Days 2020: Call for communications


Global research and higher education systems are questioned by a rising number of flagship reports and cross-disciplinary initiatives showcasing the lack of relevant urban science to meet the 2030 Agenda in times of urbanization, resources limitation and global warming : "Science and the Future of cities", Nature Sustainability, 2018; "Global Research and Action Agenda on Cities and Climate Change Sciences", 2018; "The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development", UNO, 2019, etc. These reports strengthen the necessity to enhance to science-policy interface to link the knowledge base to inform action.

Systemic changes in the production of knowledge are key to address digital, energy and environmental transitions while developing new skills and strengthening social capital. Navigating uncertain futures require ever expanded abilities to innovate, to understand and meet disruptions, and for the academia, to bring along public, private, civil society partners to foster much needed paradigm shifts.

Under the supervision of Université Gustave Eiffel, the FUTURE Days 2020 will take place the 1st and 3rd of December 2020. This event will bring together world-class experts, researchers from various disciplines, practitioners, public and private leaders, members of the civil society in order to share and learn from experiences coming from all over the world. The aim is to share their knowledges, solutions, questions, choices relevance and operational implementations modalities. It will focus on actionable policy making recommendations at local and global scales, as well as in a European perspective including the implementation of Horizon Europe programs and the development of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. The FUTURE Days 2020 will confront the new research and innovation results and knowledges to the technical, paradigmatic or political choices made in urban public policies intervention.

A part of the FUTURE Days 2020 will be organised around sessions built on the selected proposed communications. Urban public policies cover a wide areas like transportation and mobility, building and housing, urban planning and architecture, resources management and associated services (wastes, water, energy, materials...), health and well-being, culture, education, business development and social progress. This event will highlight the potential of a renewed dialogue among disciplines to shape the future: material sciences, civil engineering, geosciences, ecology, digital sciences, mathematics, logistics, psychology, sociology, political sciences, arts, history, literature, etc.

Communications will be organized around three main topics: 

  • Technical, paradigmatic and political debates on urban public policies
  • Implementation of urban public policies
  • Urban public policies assessment

Communication proposals can be submitted in English (or French) (1,500 words maximum), before 17th April 2020.


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