On 4 September 2012 NiCE will host a session titled ‘Green Digital Agenda in Smart Cities – European and Chinese cities leading by examples’ during the East-Meets-West congress and exhibition on innovation and entrepreneurship, held in Cyprus from 1-4 September. The event is organised by the European Office of Cyprus to promote and implement new tools of effective collaboration between business and academia.

For the first time, distinguished scientists from the Middle East, North Africa and Europe will collaborate closely with the business sector to promote and implement effective collaboration between science, technology and business while sharing the common goal of harnessing the potential of entrepreneurship by transforming innovative ideas into products and services. The congress aims to improve links between scientific and business communities, promote private sector investment in science, innovation and enterprise development, encourage SMEs and scientists to exploit global knowledge resources and increase innovation financing mechanisms. Both the congress and the exhibition events are of significant importance on a local, regional and European level.

Moderated by Luc Bas, (The Climate Group, European Office director), the NiCE session will run from 10.00 – 12.30. After an introduction to the NiCE project and the Green Digital Charter and the presentation of the EU-China partnership from Pedro Ballesteros Torres (European Commission), European and Chinese smart cities will present their green digital activities, highlighiting their common approaches and strategies of cooperation. The purpose of this session is indeed to share visions of green digital development in cities, discuss best practice and exchange information to achieve substantial, sustainable results at a global scale. At the same time, the session aims at deepening the EU-China cooperation started by the NiCE project.

Session agenda: http://www.greendigitalcharter.eu/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/EASTWEST-2012_draft-programme_12.06.22.pdf

For more information, visit the event website at www.eastmeetswest.eu.com or email giulia.campodonico@eurocities.eu.