bavAIRia and ESPI hosted a workshop on “Innovative space-based solutions for Future Cities”
9 July 2014. bavAIRia, in its capacity as IAP Ambassador Platform for Germany, and ESPI, in its capacity as IAP Ambassador Platform for the Central and Eastern European region, jointly organised a workshop entitled “Innovative space-based solutions for Future Cities”, at the European Space Policy Institute in Vienna
Today’s society has to face a lot of challenges. Amongst these is the need for sustainable urban development, which is driving the evolution of “Smart Cities”. A “Smart City” is a city of the future using intelligent and innovative solutions and managing resources responsibly and sustainably. To face the challenges of the 21st century intelligent technologies are needed. Requests for more effective and innovative solutions, products and services are increasing. Not all of them can be met with the methods and tools currently in place.
It is to be expected that the large increase in the world’s population during the next 35 years will create a resultant increase of population in major cities. More and more megacities will evolve. In the course of this development, challenges and requirements for a life within these megacities will be in a state of flux. Inhabitants will seek social progress and will need to be transported and supplied with food, water, energy and electricity. There will be a growing demand for security, communications, health care as well as waste management. At the same time topics like climate change, CO2 emissions, renewable energies, sustainability and air monitoring will become ever more important. Moreover, these issues are directly connected with each other, making the overall city system more complex.
The workshop entitled “Innovative space-based solutions for Future Cities” was organized in the framework of ESA’s Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) programme, by the IAP Ambassador Platform for the Central and Eastern European region, hosted by ESPI, the German IAP Ambassador Platform, hosted by bavAIRia e.V., the IAP Ambassador Platform for Small and Medium Enterprises, hosted by Eurisy, and the IAP Ambassador Platform for UK.
The workshop aimed at presenting how the development of Future Cities can be supported by space technologies, in which ways the challenges of Future Cities are linked to space applications and how the IAP programme of ESA intends to support and contribute to the development of services to help meet these challenges. The event provided a platform for discussing new solutions that can be initiated, with participants from different sectors like city planners, public transport managers and energy providers. Furthermore, it provided a good possibility to identify partners for joint Projects.