FinEst Centre for Smart Cities news

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20.05.2022

The biggest challenge of the green transition in Estonia is the renovation of buildings!

Einari Kisel, Head of Strategy in FinEst Center, participated in an international conference organized by Postimees, which sought a way out of the slogan of the European Union's Green Agreement and climate goals. Kisel spoke about the changes in energy policy that are necessary for the green transition, pointing out that the biggest challenge is the renovation of buildings.

Recording of the presentation is available in Estonian HERE!

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05.05.2022

FinEst Centre participated in Baltic-Nordic event about cities and environment

On the 26-27 of April, forty participants were gathered for a study visit about cities and the environment. Organised by the Liaison offices of Norway, Estonia and Lithuania, together with RANNIS and the Latvian Council of Science, the visit was supported by the EEA and Norway Grants' Funds for Bilateral Relations. Research administrators, project managers and EU advisors were among the participants from Norway, Iceland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia. FinEst Centre for Smart Cities was represented by our Founding Director Ralf-Martin Soe.

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12.04.2022

Aalto University School of Business, in collaboration with the FinEst Centre for Smart Cities, have launched a survey to capture users’ perceptions about these services and apps.

Are you familiar with m-health services and apps (e.g. Oura, Flo, or Headspace) enabling you to take care of your wellbeing? We appreciate it if you could spare 5-10 minutes of your time answering the questioner. By answering the survey, you’ll have a chance to win one of the two smartwatches that will be raffled between respondents from Estonia and Finland.

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24.03.2022

GreenTwins project held a workshop at the Tallinn city HUB in the last week of March!

The GreenTwins project offered the opportunity to try out the new digital tools being introduced at the future HUB (Kaarli pst. 1, Tallinn, Estonia).

More information about the event GreenTwins Facebook event!

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07.03.2022

FinEst Centre for Smart Cities new Horizon Europe grant TREASoURcE: The treasure in resources

TREASoURcE is led by VTT from Finland. The project is estimated to start by autumn of 2022 and the main focus of the project activities are in the field of Circular Economy.
More precisely, TREASoURcE deals with implementing circular economy practices for plastics, batteries and biobased side and waste streams to take the participating regions and their citizens to the forefront of climate neutrality and circularity.

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18.05.2022

FinEst Centre participated in the first official side event of Latitude59!

FinEst Centre's Founding Director Ralf-Martin Soe was honored to participate in "Thinking in Billions" panel "The rise of smart cities & imminent shift towards sustainability and Greentech investments" on 18.05!

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04.05.2022

Next RIS session "Innovation and governance in and for smart and sustainable cities" is on 27.05.22!

This time the RIS session is taking place as an hybrid event and is streamed trough Zoom from FinEst Centre for Smart Cities office in Tallinn! Everyone who would like to join on the spot are welcomed!

Read more about the event and register HERE

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12.04.2022

TalTech Autonomous Vehicles lab is nominated for German-Baltic Business Award 2022!

This platform is developed with the support of the FinEst Centre for Smart Cities, Future Mobility project and will be piloted later this year. Our partners and followers, if you think that we deserve this award, please vote for us!

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23.03.2022

RIS 12: "Urban traffic system and autonomous vehicles" recording is available now!

The problem what we are going to discuss in this RIS sessions is that the big audience, and even many academics, suppose that autonomous vehicles will just come behind the corner and then we all will sit in them. But how would the traffic system be organised? How would the individual autonomous vehicles operate in reality, in the context of open urban traffic, with humans and non-autonomous vehicles, not to mention the seasonal and daily changes in weather and lighting? Also, as so called street-green is changing all the time.

Read more about the session and watch the recording HERE!

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07.03.2022

FinEst Centre starts a new project with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

In March 2022, we will start a new project with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) , Arup and Climate KIC as a part of the Mayors for Economic Growth (M4EG) Facility. This project aims to Devise the Urban Learning Center, Including Adapting/Crafting the Next Generation of Local Economic Development Plans in the Eastern Partnership cities (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine). The project will last until 2024, after the contracts between UNDP and partners have been signed.

The key role of the FinEst Centre is to advise UNDP, project partners and Eastern Partnership cities on how to set up a Digital Learning Platform.

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18.05.2022

FinEst Centre was proud to host our first Innovators' Club meeting!

The first Innovators' Club event was on 18.05.22 with the theme of FinEst Future Mobility Project.

Innovators' Club was established with a mission to share the results and knowledge from FinEst Centre's activities, and to generate new projects that will build stronger collaboration within the FinEst Centre community.

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29.04.2022

FinEst Centre for Smart Cities is looking for a Citizen Engagement Expert in Circular Smart Cities!

Help our team in understanding today's Circular Economy (CE) challenges and possibilities, assess the impact of different innovative (digital) tools for enhancing behavioural change in citizens and uptake of CE principles!

Application deadline is 01. June, 2022

More information and applying for the position HERE!

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12.04.2022

Together with Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance we invite applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher position in the field of Smart City!

Application deadline is 31.05.2022

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23.03.2022

City of Narva organized a seminar and discussion introducing the study of the Urban Planning Well-being Score pilot!

Event is taking place on 29.03.22 at Objekti (Linda 2, Narva)

Read more about the event HERE! (information in Estonian)

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07.03.2022

Pauline Baudens - PhD student in FinEst Centre

Have you considered to join FinEst Centre to improve your PhD studies? Find out what is the extra value what PhD students can gain from working together with FinEst Centre. Also Pauline talks about her PhD work what is about the inclusion of women in the Smart City, analysed through the prism of sustainable mobility as she studies the potential impacts of apps for mobility on women’s mobility. She compares Hyderabad in India with Johannesburg in South Africa.