Publisert: 14.03.2016

CIENS Urban Conference 2016: Smart and green cities – for whom?


A smart and green city could be defined as a developed urban area that creates sustainable development and high quality of life by excelling in multiple key areas: economy, mobility, environment, people, living, and government.

But who lives in such a structure? And how?

Date: 13. October 2016

Venue: Oslo Science Park, Gaustadalléen 21, N-0349 Oslo, Norway,

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  • Explore potentials of smart and green cities
  • Discuss the character of socio-technical and infrastructural changes necessary for smart and green city Development
  • Disentangle societal and social impacts and challenges related to smart and green city development
  • Provide a forum for practitioners and scientists

Target groups

  • Public administration actors developing their cities
  • City designers, such as building architects, urban planners and landscape architects
  • Business innovators inventing smart solutions
  • Researchers studying smart and green city developments, including its societal challenges

Register for the conference here.

Deadline for registration is 1. October 2016.

Please note that the event is free, but that we will charge you 500 NOK if you don´t show up without having a valid reason (for example sickness). You can cancel your registration until 5 days before the event by e-mailing


8.30 – 8.45 Registration& Coffee. Possibility to upload presentation and put up posters
8.45 – 9.00

Welcome & Opening

Greta Bentzen (Chair of the Board CIENS, Managing Director NIVA)

Tom Rådahl (Secretary General, Ministry of Climate and Environment)

Isabel Seifert-Dähnn (NIVA): Logistical matters

9.00 – 10.30

Session 1: Potentials of smart and green cities – Smart green city concepts and strategies

Session host: Marianne Millstein (NIBR)

Keynote: Annemie Wyckmans (NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art): Smart sustainable cities: From planning to implementation

Nenseth, Vibeke: Urbanisation as a Problem or Solution - Knowledge and Policies for Urban Sustainability

Knudsen, Svein: Citizen Led Air pollution Reduction in Cities (ClairCity). Presentation of the H2020 project.

McNeill, D.: Pro or anti-urban: is Norway an international exception?

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee-Break & Mingling & Poster session
11.00 – 12.30

Session 2: Socio-technical and infrastructural changes necessary for smart and green city Development

Session host: Isabel Seifert-Dähnn (NIVA)

Keynote: Alexander Flesjø Christiansen (DNV-GL): A systems perspective for resilient cities (preliminary title)

Lind, Arne & Kari Espegren: The Use of Bottom-up Optimisation Models in Different Modes for Analysing the Transition to Low Carbon Urban Areas

López-Aparicio, S., M. Vogt, M. Pierce, L. Liu, M. Kahila & A. Broberg: Crowdsourcing methods to support urban environmental research and clean air strategies

 Krogseth, A., Tesfu, J. & M.V. Jensen: Reinventing Food Security in the City

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch & Mingling & Poster session
13.30 – 15.00

Session 3: Societal and social impacts and challenges of smart and green city development

Session host: Per Gunnar Roe (UiO)

Keynote: Ayona Datta (King’s College London, Department of Geography): Hashtag citizenships: The politics of citizen engagement in the making of India’s 100 smart cities

Kelkar, U.: India’s smart cities: Missed opportunities for transitioning to low carbon pathways?

Bergsli, H. & G. Heierstad: The value of travelling concepts: is Bangalore a smart city?

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee-Break & Mingling & Poster session
15.30 – 17.00

Session 4: Learning from examples and city cases

Session host: Isabel Seifert-Dähnn (NIVA)

City-keynote 1: Henk Wolfert (Wageningen University & Research, AMS): The Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions: introduction to a new knowledge institute

City-keynote 2: Staffan Lorentz (Head of Development at the City of Stockholm): The case of Stockholm, Norra Djurgårdsstaden

City-keynote 3: Andrew Karvonen (University of Manchester, School of Environment, Education and Development): Can Smart Deliver Sustainability? -Synergies and Tensions in the Pursuit of the Smart-Sustainable City

17.00 – 17.15

Wrap-up results & Conference feedback

Per-Gunnar Roe (UiO)

18.00 – open ended Optional: Evening “Dattera til Hagen» at Grønland (at everyone´s own expenses)

Note, keynote is 25 min + 5 min discussion whereas a talk is 15 min each and 15 min for discussion of the talks at the end of each session. 


The meeting will be held in auditorium Forum at the Oslo Centre for Interdisciplinary Environmental and Social Research (CIENS), Gaustadalléen 21, 0349 Oslo, Norway, where NIVA’s head office is located. The venue is easily accessible by public transport: 

  • By subway: From the city center, take line 4 or 5 westward, to Forskningsparken station. 
  • By tram: Line 17 or 18 towards Rikshospitalet, alight at Forskningsparken tram stop. Follow the signs and footpath to the Science Park/Forskningsparken.


A wide variety of accommodation is available in Oslo. NIVA has a corporate agreement with Thon Hotels which must be booked online via using the following customer number TH38679619, providing FORSKNING as the company name. We recommend that you choose a down-town hotel within walking distance to the metro system or tram, such as Thon Hotel Europa or Thon Hotel Cecil.

Abstract submission

We invite participants to present their research results or experiences with smart and green city development either in form of an oral presentation or as poster.

Please provide us with an abstract of your contribution indicating if you aim for an oral or a poster presentation and in which session it fits best (see program below). In case we get too many abstracts the scientific committee will make a selection. The abstract title is limited to 200 characters and abstract text is limited to 2000 characters including spaces.

Please use this template for submitting your abstract.

Abstract must be submitted to

The extended deadline for abstract submission is 15. August 2016.