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The 10th annual edition of Sustainable Places (SP2022) was a hybrid event, from 6th September to 9th September, with the in-person sessions hosted in Nice, France.  

SP2022 Post-event photo booklet:

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The SP2022 Post-event photo book is available for download and viewing on Issuu.

SP2022 Newsletters:

SP2022 quick links

One-page Event Overview

SP2022 Event Program

Innovate with France (6 Sep)

Innovate with Monaco (7 Sep)

Detailed Agenda

The detailed agenda for the overall program is downloadable by clicking the image below.

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 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. SP2022 was held over four days in a hybrid (digital + in-person) event format. Between opening and closing keynote sessions, parallel technical sessions and project-organized workshops explored 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.

Conference Themes

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

For SP2022, the following list of themes are non-exhaustive and the conference program was created according to accepted proposals received.

  • Sustainable Construction & Renovation
  • Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Urban Transition
  • Digitalization, Smartness & Artificial Intelligence
  • Facilitating the energy transition: Policy, Finance, Training
  • Sustainable Urban Renewal & Cultural Transformation
  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Decarbonization & Circularity
  • Resilience and Energy Security

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.

Program Preview


Please be advised: The Standard in-person registration deadline was 31st August. Starting on 1st September the in-person rate increased to 600 EUR and in-person registration closed at midnight on 4th September. For questions please write to

Publication Opportunity

Sustainable Places is pleased to announce its partnership with Open Research Europe (ORE), the open access publishing platform for the publication of research stemming from Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe funding across all subject areas. ORE makes it easy for Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe beneficiaries to comply with the open access terms of their funding and offers researchers a publishing venue to share their results and insights rapidly and facilitate open, constructive research discussion.  Peer-reviewed articles are optional, they can be submitted by any SP2022 contributor whose contribution was associated with an EU-finded project under Horizon 2020 or Horizon Europe calls, and it will be published by ORE in a specific collection dedicated to Sustainable Places 2022Articles can be published in various formats such as Research Articles, Brief Reports, Data Notes, Method Articles, Software Tool Articles, Reviews, Case Studies or Open Letters. More information can be found on the Article Guidelines for the article type you would like to submit. If you’re unsure which type of article their paper might be classed as, you can send it to the SP organizers and they’ll assist in choosing the correct article type.

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


The Sustainable Places 2021 post-event book was released in both English and Italian and is available here. The book narrates the two half-day workshops held in Rome at the EUR during SP2021 dedicated to “Ideas and Solutions for a Cultural Transition in the name of Smart Cities”. Buildings Journal special editions were published from SP2019SP2018, and SP2017 and Proceedings editions were also published from SP2021, SP2020SP2019SP2018, and SP2017

Sustainable Places 2021 post-event book

Sponsorship Opportunities

SP2022 sponsors had the opportunity to position their brand in this unique event at the crossroads of European Research and market implementation in the sustainable built environment. The sponsorship program is available for download : 🇬🇧 English version | 🇫🇷 Version Française. 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.


Centre Universitaire Méditerranéen & Institut d'Administration des Entreprises de Nice (IAE Nice)

The 2022 Sustainable Places Conference was held at the exquisite Centre Universitaire Méditerranéen ( CUM ). Created in 1933 with Paul Valéry, as its first administrator, it remains today a unique institution, offering a rich cultural panorama through literature, philosophy, history, arts, and sciences. The Centre Universitaire Mediterranean is a unique institution, with an amphitheatre considered the most beautiful in France. Images provided by Ville de Nice. 

It was also held at IAE Nice, Graduate School of Management provides high-level education in Management Sciences to students and professional through initial or continuing training.

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 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.

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