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The 12th annual edition of Sustainable Places (SP2024) is a hybrid event,
from 23th to 25th September 2024, with the in-person sessions hosted in Luxembourg.  

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Overview and detailed agenda

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Detailed agenda

Conference Scope

Sustainability targets and climate change objectives cannot be met without addressing buildings and the built environment at the building, district and urban scale to include our transport and energy infrastructures. Renowned for showcasing results coming out of the EU Horizon 2020 and EU Horizon Europe Framework Programme via the participation of cutting-edge research and innovation projects, the scope of Sustainable Places is captured directly in its name. It involves designing, building and retrofitting the places we live and work in a more sustainable way.

Conference Concept

Sustainable Places prides itself on being an ideal platform for the dissemination of research, the conduct of workshops, EU project clustering and networking between stakeholders of all types. SP2024 will be held over three days in a hybrid (digital + in-person) event format. Between opening and closing keynote sessions, parallel technical sessions and project-organized workshops will explore the various conference themes. Given world events we encouraged submissions on technology transfer, renewable energy implementations and energy security with the aim of facilitating actions that increase the rate of renovation and renewable energy implementations.

Watch the 2023 highlights

Conference Themes

Each year, Sustainable Places features topics that are shaping how we think about cities and the built environment. Across all editions, Sustainable Places is open to all topics related to building sustainability and most often reflect priorities described in the European Commission Societal Challenges and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

This year we propose the following list of themes. These themes are non-exhaustive and proposals received on other topics related to sustainability will also be examined:

  • Energy Communities, Smart Cities and Urban Transition
  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Sustainable Construction & Renovation
  • Decarbonization & Circularity
  • Climate Change mitigation and adaptation
  • Facilitating the energy transition: Policy, Finance, Training
  • Sustainable Urban Renewal & Cultural Transformation
  • Digital twins, Smartness & Artificial Intelligence for Sustainability
  • Resilience and Energy Security

Built4People Stakeholder Forum & Sustainable Places in one place

Built4People Stakeholder Forum at SP2024

We are delighted to announce that the 3rd Built4People Stakeholder Forum will be co-located and back-to-back with SP2024 on Monday 23 September in Luxembourg. 

Hosted in the European Convention Centre Luxembourg, and in close collaboration with Sustainable Places 2024, this event will kick-off a week of research and innovation. The stakeholder forum will feature B4P program updates from the B4P Leadership Team and collective workshops between B4P running projects.

The B4P Stakeholders Forum is a platform to allow the participation of a large community of built environment experts which is not limited to Built4People Partners and their members. The Forum gives advice on the priorities to be addressed by the Partnership Board, in line with the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda and the Horizon Europe strategic planning.

Plenary Opening (6 Sep) | "Innovate with France"

An invitation to partner with French innovators, alongside  Region Sud, and Nice Côte d’Azur. With keynotes from the European Commission, the French Ministry of Sustainable Development, the Mayor of Nice as well local and regional industrial innovation clusters, this session included an Info Day to present a relevant selection of upcoming EU funding opportunities through Horizon Europe and LIFE calls. 

The event was followed by a networking session and welcome cocktail, allowing the international Sustainable Places community to connect and  co-create research and market opportunities within the vibrant French clean-tech and sustainability ecosystem.

Plenary session (7 Sep) | "Innovate with Monaco"

As a destination committed to sustainable development for decades, the Principality of Monaco has pursued a strong policy on sustainability-related issues both nationally and internationally. This “Innovate with Monaco” session highlighted the long-term commitment of the Principality to help meet the Sustainable Development Goals, inviting a selection of Monegasque SMEs to pitch their sustainable innovations and showcase progress from digital twin and artificial intelligence SMEs acting on urban scale challenges similar to Monaco. Please click on the picture below to see its full agenda.

Submissions to SP2024: Call for Proposals (CfP)

The CfP closed on 31 May, but late submissions are welcome and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. To submit, please download the application form and send it directly to sustainableplaces[@]r2msolution.com.

All sessions will be offered fully online or fully in-person; hybrid arrangements are not permitted. All sessions will be streamed online, but we don’t allow a mix of onsite and online speakers in a single session. For any questions, please consult the AUTHOR INSTRUCTIONS document, which details the suggested procedures with respect to the following 5 steps:

  • STEP 1: Submitting a Call for Proposals application
  • STEP 2: Conference Registration
  • STEP 3: Preparing and Promoting Contributions (including SP24 logo access)
  • STEP 4: Virtual Platform Instructions (applies to non-authors alike, to be detailed shortly)
  • STEP 5: Publication Opportunities 
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If you still can’t find the answer to a question, please don’t hesitate to email: sustainableplaces[@]r2msolution.com.

Publication Opportunity: ORE

Exciting news! Sustainable Places partners with Open Research Europe (ORE), the open access publishing platform for publication of research funded by Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe. ORE streamlines compliance with open access terms, providing a swift publishing outlet for researchers to share their results and insights. Peer-reviewed articles are optional, open to SP2024 contributors associated with EU-funded projects. Published in a dedicated collection, formats include: 

Research Articles, Reviews, Brief Reports, Data Notes, Method Articles, Software Tool,  ArticlesReviews, Case Studies, Open Letters, Method Articles, Software Tool, Articles, Reviews, Case Studies,  Open Letters. 

Check out ORE’s Article Guidelines for submission details. Articles must meet the following eligibility criteria: (i) At least one author must be involved in a running or finished Horizon 2020 or Horizon Europe project from the European Commission, and the article must be a result of that project. (ii) The article must be an original work (see section on Originality). More information can be found on ORE Policies.

Scientific Committee

Affiliation Name and Surname Country
Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)
Dr. Annie Guerriero
LU
Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)
Dr. Sylvain Kubicki
LU
European Construction & sustainable built environment Technology Platform (ECTP)
Dr. Alain Zarli
BE
Cardiff University
Prof. Yacine Rezgui
UK
University of Cagliari
Prof. Diego Reforgiato
IT
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Dr. Mia Ala-Juusela
FI
Teesside University
Prof. Tracey Crosbie
UK
Université Côte d'Azur
Prof. Nadine Tournois
FR
École de Technologie Supérieure
Prof. Ivanka Iordanova
CA
Frederick University, Cyprus
Prof. Paris Fokaides
CY
University of Luxembourg
Dr. Bradley Ladewig
LU
Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER)
Carole Blond-Hanten
LU
National Research Council of Italy (CNR)
Dr. Benedetto Rugani
IT
EU Laboratory for Green Transformable Buildings, GTB Lab
Dr. Elma Durmisevic
NL
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Assoc. Prof. Natalia Romero Herrera
NL
National Institute of Solar Energy (INES)
Dr. Etienne Wurtz
FR

Registration

Type of ticket Early bird
Deadline: 15 June 2024
Standard
Deadline: 31 july 2024
Late
On-site attendance (presenters or non-presenters)
550€
650€
750€
Online attendance (non-presenter)
NA
50€
NA
Online attendance (presenter)
NA
150€
NA
Workshop boost (50 online non-presenters, full access)
NA
500€
NA

*VAT excluded in the price list.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

SP2024 sponsors have the opportunity to position their brand in this unique event at the crossroads of European Research and market implementation in the sustainable built environment. This year’s sponsors will benefited from increased visibility with conference growth, professional media coverage, profile appearance in the agenda, coverage in the conference newsletter, coverage in social media and allocation of a digital booth during the event on the event platform Hopin. Sponsorships were also possible for the social program and meal events. Sponsorships make it possible to increase event user experience and to invite additional guests or participants to the event that our core audience are trying to reach.

Venue

SP2024 will be located at the European Convention Center Luxembourg, in the heart of the Place d-Europe business district in Luxembourg and will serve as an excellent venue for Sustainable Places plenary forums, clustering workshops and networking

Where to stay

We have dedicated promos for Sustainable Places attendees. Check them and book your place! 

Since 29 February 2020, public transport has been free for everybody, residents as well as tourists. This is the case for trains, trams and buses (RGTR, TICE, AVL). In other words, you don’t need to buy a ticket anymore. The only exception are tickets and subscriptions for the 1st class, which still have to be paid for. A fee will be charged at the applicable rates. However, all passengers must be able to show a personal identity document at any time if requested by the conductors.
Transport connections can easily be looked up via the Mobiliteit.lu app (App Store or Google Play Store) or via the Mobilitéitszentral‘s website (Mobility Centre).

Post-event booklet

The 2023 booklet will be available soon

The Sustainable Places 2022 Post-event photo book is available for download and viewing on Issuu. The book narrates the workshops held in Nice during SP2022, the parallel sessions and networking activities, in addition to some testimonials from the organizers and attendees and the sponsors and participating projects. Buildings Journal special editions were published from SP2019, SP2018, and SP2017, Proceedings editions were also published from SP2021, SP2020, SP2019, SP2018, and SP2017 and the SP2022 collection was published in ORE.

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SP23 at EUSEW

Sustainable Places 2023 is part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), being one of the Energy Days of the event. Sustainable Energy Days are activities and events organized by local public and private organizations around the world to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. They are a key component of the European Sustainable Energy Week.

Everyone will be able to attend the “Nebula Matchmaking Session” for free as part of the European Sustainable Energy Week: The aim of this matchmaking session is to expose the B4P Stakeholders Community, ECTP members and WorldGBC members to relevant upcoming European and national funding opportunities related to the NEB. The NEB is a creative and interdisciplinary initiative from the European Commission that connects the European Green Deal to our living spaces and experiences. It calls on all of us to imagine and build together a sustainable and inclusive future that is beautiful for our eyes, minds, and souls. Join the free session on June 14th at 9:00am at ETSAM, UPM, Madrid, with the code “nebula”.

More about EUSEW: EUSEW brings together public authorities, private companies, projects, NGOs and consumers to promote initiatives to save energy and move towards renewables for clean, secure and efficient energies.

Commitment to Sustainability

Sustainable Places 2023 tree pledge

The Sustainable Places 2023 Organising Committee through LifeTerra has adopted the first 1.000 trees to help offset the impact of the organisation and associated travels of the conference. Each of the registrants at the event is contributing to plant trees in La Junquera, Murcia, Spain as a percentage of the tickets goes directly towards this project.

You can help adopt more Junquera trees to support this project and other restoration projects throughout Europe. Any small contribution will contribute to saving the planet. 

Do you want to help us make a greener world? Adopt your tree now! 

Digital platform and Virtual Booths - Hopin

Digital participants of SP2023 will use the Hopin platform for online participation and virtual networking, including live chat dialogue during the sessions. When sharing slides, presenters should choose to share their “entire screen” and then put their slides in presenter mode. The speaker will only see their slides but the audience will see both the speaker and the slides. For “virtual booth” setup (one per project), registered SP2023 speakers can send this info no later than 10th June to sustainableplaces@r2msolution.com.

Check the user guide por SP2023 speakers to learn everything about the Hopin platform. Register now and start networking with the SP2023 community!

Please, in case you want to do a test before the event starts, let us know at sustainableplaces@r2msolution.com

Social Dinner at Casa Suecia

An unique gala dinner location to celebrate the 11th edition of Sustainable Places: Casa Suecia.
Casa Suecia
is a restaurant and rooftop located in the heart of Madrid, next to emblematic places and monuments of the capital like the Puerta de Alcalá, the Cibeles fountain, the Parque de El Retiro or Gran Vía Street, among others.
Casa de Suecia opened its doors in 1956. It became the nerve center and meeting point of great intellectuals, resulting in one of the most emblematic buildings in the capital. Cortázar, Sábato or Hemingway frequented its spaces, as did the Swedish royal family on their visits to the city. Casa Suecia offers a gastronomic experience that includes the best of the Mediterranean cuisine with local products and top quality raw materials. Recipes that bet on tradition that will make you feel at “home”.
The event will take place the evening of the 15th of June. It will start at 20:00 with a cóctel, followed by the gala dinner at 20:30 at the lounge salon. The restaurant is located at the Planta G of  Hotel NH Collection Madrid Suecia, in Calle del Marqués de Casa Riera, 4, Planta baja, 28014 Madrid.

Please note that every in-person registration comes with one gala dinner ticket included.

Digital Platform and Virtual Booths - Hopin

Digital participants of SP2021 experienced Hopin.  The platform features a “Stage” area, breakout sessions channels for workshops and a networking area for meeting participants. Running chat dialogue during the workshop made the sessions more interactive and “live.” All sessions will be made available as video recordings following the conference. For “virtual booth” setup (one per project or speaker), registered SP2022 speakers were able send this info no later than 1st September to sustainableplaces[@]r2msolution[.]com.

Social Dinner at Le Negresco

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the SP conference we have arranged the social dinner at Le Negresco hotel on the Promenade des Anglais. Le Negresco has been a quintessential monument of the French Riviera for over a century, owing its well-earned reputation to the hotel’s notable collection of artwork and period furniture with over 6,000 references. From salons dedicated to Louis XVI or Napoleon III to Venetian “Street Art” rooms, guests can discover a unique selection of French artwork from the 17th century to present day. The hotel has obtained the European Eco-label, “Living Heritage Company” certification , and is also recognised as a part of UNESCO “Nice Patrimoine Mondial”.

Every in-person registration came with one social dinner ticket included. We welcomed guests of delegates to join the SP2022 social dinner, extra tickets were available to purchase on the conference registration page.

Networking Lunch at La Vela

Partnership with OKKO Hotel

We have arranged for a €95/night special guest rate at OKKO Hotel in Nice, breakfast included. This brand new 4-star hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Grand Arénas, the Côte d’Azur’s new international business district, very close (10 minutes walk) to the airport. The tram will connect you to the conference venues and to the city’s main landmarks. A limited number of rooms with this rate have been booked and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. We advised you to book your stay as early as possible, given that September is high season for tourism.

To book and receive the special guest rate, please email adj.nice0602@okkohotels.com or call +33 4 86 80 29 30 (Contact : Arthur Delestre) and mention that you’re attending Sustainable Places. Private project meeting rooms (up to 35 persons) were arranged at a special rate of 130€ for half-day use. Please contact the hotel as early as possible since available slots are limited.

Book your Accommodation

https://www.explorenicecotedazur.com/preparer/hebergements/hotels/

Organized by

Event Sponsors

With the support of

Supported by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (RESCOM/2024/SR/18805979)

Exhibitors

Media partnership

Participating Research Projects

More than 130 European Projects will be presenting results and/or clustering in workshop sessions at SP2023. Sustainable Places keeps consolidating itself as a benchmark for innovation clustering and network among EU financed projects.

and Silver sponsors

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