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1st INCONET-GCC2 Innovation Summer School

Collective awareness platforms for Smart Cities development
1st INCONET-GCC2 Summer School


Title 1st INCONET-GCC2 Innovation Summer School:
Collective awareness platforms for Smart Cities development
Period 7-10th September 2015
Institution University of Thessaly
Location Volos / Greece

About the Summer School

1st INCONET-GCC2 Innovation Summer School The summer school was organized by INCONET-GCC2 (

INCONET-GCC2's overall goal is to support the institutional bi-regional (GCC & EU) policy dialogue in Science, Technology and Innovation, to strengthen the bi-regional cooperation between research and innovation actors, especially in the context of the Horizon 2020 programme and finally to monitor progress in the bi-regional STI cooperation.

The innovation Summer School is seen as a multi-disciplinary opportunity to diffuse intitutional research projets as well as other relevant initiavites (such as: public, entrepreneurial, innovative, cultural, industrial) that could be relevant for the discussion of the selected societal challengers / research priorities.

During the innovation summer school, participants attended daily lectures, seminars and tutorials, aimed at developing attendees thinking on a range of issues related to the selected theme, followed by discussions and explorations of how to adopt common methodological grounds.

Objectives, Target & Topics The summer school objectives are:
  • To highlight the challenges linked to urban design adn development and the significance of adopting and promoting a coherent plan to tacling those challenges;
  • To promote the "Smart Cities" model and the realted technologies and solutions linked to it with a particular focus to energy and environment and urban design and development;
  • To promote the dialogue among citizens, international key institutions and experts focusing on "Smart Cities", to identify common areas for cooperation and promote action plans.

The summer school targeted organisations, entities and professional from both GCC and EU countries, namely:

  • Engaged citizens, individuals, experts in the context of summer school;
  • Urban, regional and national authorities;
  • Development, planning agencies;
  • Research and Academic entities and industrial stakeholders already active or willing to become active in "Smart Cities" model and applications;
  • Citizen's associations, etc.

The topic of this summer school is chosen to investigate an interdisciplinary approach on the design of smart cities including the following:

  • Collective awareness platforms for Smart Cities development applications, crowd sourcing, citizen science;
  • Smart Cities in Europe and GCC: Discussion on current achievements and path forward;
  • Smart City Infrastructure and the Environment: Leveraging Transportation, Smart Grids, and ICT for Sustainability;
  • Urban interaction design and smart citizens.

Lectures taken Toward Smarter Cities, Building and People
by Elie Azar, Assitant Professor, Enginerring Systems and Management, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology

NetHood, Switzerland: A DIY networking toolkit for location-based collective awareness
by Panayiotis Antoniadis

Observatories as collective awareness platforms for analytics and IoT and Smart Cities development; the EINS evidence base
by Thanassis Tiropanis, Associate Professor with the Web and Internet Science Group, Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton

Smart Cities for Sustainable Development - European and GCC Perspectives & Horizon 2020
by Nikos Giannoulidis, EUroconsultants S.A.

NetHood, Switzerland: Shaping cities - top-down policy and bottom-up practices
by Ileana Apostol

UnMonastery: Unsmarting the city and the role of the stranger
by Katalin Hausel

Street, Body and Move as Metaphors for Hybrid Space Design Experiences
by Anna Chronaki, Professor, Dept. of Early Childhood Education, University of Thessaly

GRC: INCONET-GCC2 research mobility and summer school. Lessons learned with specific focus on GCC-EU researcher mobility.
by Oskar Ziemelis, Director of Cooperation - Gulf Research Center

Funding opportunities for Smart Cities under H2020 programme
by Stavroula Maglavera