Gothenburg host collaborative meeting of three FP7 Smart Cities and Communities Projects

Knowledge transfer and collaboration between Smart Cities projects in Gothenburg was on the agenda when the City of Gothenburg and SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden hosted a successful meeting on the 20th of March.

Katrina Folland of City of Gothenburg, and Jason Nielsen of SP, gave introductions to the seminar. They spoke about the close collaboration between the parts in Gothenburg. “We have different roles in this and we need to work together to make things happen”, said Jason Nielsen.

SP and the City of Gothenburg are currently working together on three Smart Cities projects; EU-GUGLE, STEP UP and Celsius. The meeting on the 20th gathered 40 people engaged in the projects, for a presentation of the Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform, which SP will coordinate from 2014 together with Zabala Innovation Consulting (ES). There was also a briefing of the upcoming SINFONIA project and a presentation of the Climate-KIC-network. A panel discussion with representatives from the projects discussed the development of the projects and common challenges. EU-GUGLE was represented on the panel by Wenche Lerme from the City of Gothenburg, who amongst others answered questions about the development of the EU-GUGLE project in Gothenburg.

From left: Wenche Lerme, City of Gothenburg, Erica Bengtsson, Älvstranden Utveckling, Anna Svensson, City of Gothenburg, Jonas Cognell, Göteborg Energi


Some matters of common interest were identified during the afternoon. The City of Gothenburg is currently working within the EU-GUGLE-project on indicators for social sustainability, a subject of interest for all the projects. That, together with shared knowledge on how we work with replication and learning networks will be addressed in future joint meetings between the Smart Cities projects in Gothenburg.