Action research co-creation sessions to solve the urban heat challenge

Innovative SMEs and municipalities in intensive co-creation meetings for the SME4SMARTCITIES climate change readiness and mitigation challenge

19 יולי 2022
SME4SMARTCITIES - Israel Entrepreneurial Mission

The SME4SMARTCITIES open call for proposals and co-creation is focused on the challenge of climate change readiness and mitigation - The increasing urban heat island

The Entrepreneurial Mission meetings for this challenge took place 9-10 May 2022 and were led by SME4SMARTCITIES project partners Tel Aviv University, Urban Innovation & Sustainability Lab, Dept. of Environmental studies and the Dept. of Innovation & Sustainability, Kfar Saba Municipality

The first day was conducted at the large transparent atrium of the Porter building at Tel Aviv University. Project partners, participating SMES and municipality representatives from Israel, Italy and Spain met to participate in an intensive program of keynotes, round table discussion, SME solution presentations, a collaboration and co-creation workshop and short innovation and sustainability tours which included the climate exhibition at the museum of natural history, the LEED Platinum Porter Eco-building and CityZone innovation centre

Institutional welcome 

Dr. Orli Ronen, TAU Urban Innovation & Sustainability Lab - Opening and Agenda 

Prof. Alex Golberg, TAU head of Environmental Studies

Marco Sideri, ENI CBC MED Managing Authority - ONLINE


Presentation of the SME4SMARTCITIES challenges

Antonio García, Cities Forum – Murcia & Malaga challenges

Maria Nives Riggio, FILSE – Genova challenge


Keynotes - National and Local Sustainability Strategies and Policies

10.30-10.50   Ophir Paz Pines - Innovation and the City - Partnerships

10.50-11.10   Prof. Colin Price – Climate Change and Israel  – TAU

11.10-11.30   Dr. Orli Ronen – Cities on the front of Climate Change

Questions from attendees


After a networking lunch, Round tables took place between SMEs and stakeholders, presenting and discussing innovative solutions (sessions addressing goals of  A5.1.3 and A5.1.5, presenting solutions, creating a dialogue and working towards co-creation)


Innovative Ecosystems workshop: From Competition to Co-creation – Ido Diamant, TAU Innovation Center 

Short innovation and sustainability tours - Climate Exhibit, Porter Building & Urban Sustainability, Innovative biotechnology and plant ecology research, TAU CityZone innovation center


The second day started with a plenary session at the Herods hotel Tel Aviv. Keynote discussion of the causes and effect of urban heat islands and the specific impact on the metropolitan area of Tel Aviv-Yafo

Prof. Oded Potcher presents research findings and emerging pattens of increasing urban heat in the city of Tel Aviv. Prof. Potcher is the Vice Dean and Chair of The Academic Council Faculty of Society and Culture, Beit Berl College and a researcher at Department of Geography, Tel Aviv University 

Dr. Boaz Kedar, Head of Sustainable Planning and Energy, Municipality of Tel Aviv - Yafo talked about the challenge of urban heat and sun radiation within the city

The keynotes were followed with Business to users solutions meetings (A5.1.4) and Business to procurers meetings (A5.1.5) in a Round Tables format for information exchange between SMEs, users, civil organizations and municipalities


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