City-zen Closing Event

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City-zen Closing Event

Learn from the past and discover the future

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Qbic Hotel Brussel Paul Spaakstraat 15 1000 Brussel Belgium

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A Tale of Two Cities

How Amsterdam and Grenoble combined forces on their way to carbon neutrality

Five years of City-zen have yielded heaps of learnings in two separate locations with varying and unique circumstances. The learnings need to be shared with a wide range of target audiences, from professional experts to interested citizens.

We will tell the story of two cities with a similar mission yet entirely different approaches and, consequently, different outcomes. Along the way we will display a wide range of results and learnings. Some of these are city-specific or project-specific, others are shared. The story ends with concrete recommendations based on collected experiences, learnings and insights thus forming an ideal springboard for future endeavours.

Program November 14th, 2019

13:30 – 18: 30 hrs


  • Opening – the Prologue of Our Story with Eric Lecomte (Policy Officer European Commission) & Charles-Henri Bourgois (VITO)
  • Workshops: Achievements and Learnings of Demonstrations in PechaKucha style by City-zen Consortium Partners
  • Outcomes and Recommendations: Social & Technical Monitoring and Roadshows with a.o. Liselotte van Balen, Rudy Rooth (DNV GL) and Andy van den Dobbelsteen (TU Delft)
  • Retrospective, integration of results and panel discussion with Vincent Fristot (Deputy Mayor Grenoble), Nina Tellegen (Amsterdam Economic Board), Marjolein Bot (Coordinator Amsterdam) & Nathalie Moyon (Coordinator Grenoble)
  • Everybody's F*ckUps and leaving them behind with Froukje Jansen (moderator)
  • Closing Cocktail

Program November 15th, 2019

08:30 – 12:30 hrs


  • Opening with Froukje Jansen (moderator)
  • Keynote: Urban Leadership withJoan Fitzgerald (Professor at Northeastern University)
  • Workshop: Paths to Successful Deployment with Anneleen Vanderlinden (Th!nk E) & Marc Gramberger (Prospex Institute)
  • City-zen's Paths to Successful Deployment with Han Vandevyvere (VITO)
  • Recommendations to Other Cities & EU with Haitze Siemers (DG Energy European Commission)
  • Wrap Up with Froukje Jansen (moderator)

12:30 – 13:30 hrs

Lunch & Farewell