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AIT is part of new EU-China Innovation Platform on Sustainable Urbanisation

 Urbanisation is complex and cross-sectoral by nature. To promote sustainable urbanisation we need to engage policy-makers, national authorities, industry, cities, research institutions and civil society in cooperation for innovative solutions.

The EU-China Innovation Platform on Sustainable Urbanisation – URBAN-EU-CHINA – will strengthen the cooperation between EU and China on sustainable urban development. The platform will engage a wide range of stakeholders in a common effort to create sustainable cities.

“EU-China Innovation Platform offers us valuable insights into the Chinese market and we are able to get in touch with many representatives of Chinese cities and companies”, so Hans-Martin Neumann from AIT Center for Energy.

The URBAN-EU-CHINA platform is financed by Horizon 2020, the European Commission’s framework programme for research and innovation. The start date of the project was 1 January 2017. The URBAN-EU-CHINA Kick-off Meeting was successfully held in Putian, Fujian Province, China, on 19 March, back-to-back with the 2017 EU-China Forum on Sustainable Urban Development.


1.     Promote and develop Joint Policy Strategies, Funding and Cooperation Instruments for EU-China cooperation on sustainable urbanisation

2.     Create Joint Urban Demonstration Projects, in cooperation between industry, cities, research and other organisations

3.     Promote City-Industry-Science Partnerships using virtual and face-to-face meeting places

This will be accomplished through a coordinated series of actions, including: a strategic research and innovation agenda, scoping and assessment, networking events, workshops, peer-to-peer exchanges, bench-marking and monitoring, and joint demonstration projects.

Project partners:

  • Austrian Institute of Technology (Austria)
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Lead partner, Norway)
  • Institute of Studies for the Integration of Systems (Italy)
  • Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (Germany)
  • Austrian Research Promotion Agency (Austria)
  • EUROCITIES (Belgium)
  • ADVANCITY (France)
  • China Center for Urban Development (China)
  • China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (Co-lead partner, China)
  • Tongji University (China)
  • University of Nottingham Ningbo (China)
  • European Chamber of Commerce in China (China)