Thursday 26 March 2015


09:30 - 10:00 Registration & Coffee

Facilitation of the 4th Informed Cities Forum: Ania Rok, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

10:00 - 10:30    Welcome by the City of Rotterdam & Project Representatives

  • Pex Langenberg, Vice Mayor of the City of Rotterdam, The Netherlands

  • Stefan Kuhn, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

  • Derk Loorbach, DRIFT - Dutch Research Institute for Transitions

10:30 - 12:00    Session 1: Opening the transition box

This session will outline transition thinking as a way to understand urban transformation and introduce new understanding of urban governance, including a different role of local government.

Introduction and facilitation: Derk Loorbach, DRIFT - Dutch Research Institute for Transitions

10:30 - 11:00    Interview: The story of Ghent and Living Streets

  • Indra Van Sande, City of Ghent, Belgium

  • Jeroen Mercy, City of Ghent, Belgium

11:00 - 12:00    Panel discussion: How to translate transition thinking into urban governance?

What is transition? How to influence it? What does it mean in terms of urban governance and roles of different stakeholders?

  • Anja Wenninger, City of Ludwigsburg, Germany

  • Nils Göransson Grunditz, City of Stockholm, Sweden

  • Shane Waring, Beta Projects, Dublin City Council, Ireland 

12:00 - 13:30 Lunch & MarketPlace of ideas

13:30 - 17:30    Session 2: Transitions in practice

This session will focus on transition initiatives and strategies used to bring diverse actors together. The second part of the session will be an exchange of experience between participants and local initiatives, taking place in various locations across Rotterdam.

Introduction and Facilitation: Chris Roorda, DRIFT - Dutch Research Institute for Transitions

13:30 - 14:30    Unusual suspects: how to bring them together?

  • Mark Snow, Engineering University of New South Wales, Australia [presentation]

  • Elena Mozgovaya, The Next Network - Nexthamburg e.V. [presentation]

  • Charlot Schans, Pakhuis de Zwijger, The Netherlands [presentation]

14:30 - 17:30    Rotterdam in transition: field workshops

  • GIS mapping meets transition management: the MUSIC experience
  • City harbour: accelerating transitions
  • Social entrepreneurship for a sustainable city
  • Towards a circular city
  • Carnisse: social resilience neighbourhood
  • Do It Yourself, Together! Transforming the Rotterdam West district
(more information here

19:00 - 21:00 Dinner

Expect a dinner full of surprises at Schieblock - Rotterdam's laboratory for urban development

21:00 - 22:00 The art of transition: open evening

Hosted by Tussenuur, a Rotterdam art collective, this evening will offer an opportunity to reflect, play and interact. Listen to others presenting their work, let yourself be challenged by creative perspectives, enjoy music, play table soccer or just chat, anything goes.

This event will also take place in Schieblock and will be open to conference participants and other interested people from Rotterdam.

Friday 27 March 2015

09:00 - 09:30 Registration & MarketPlace of ideas

09:30 - 10:00    Opening - impressions from the first day, featuring Wunderbaum collective

10:00 - 12:00    Session 3: How do we accelerate?

This session will focus on what is needed to accelerate sustainability transitions, especially in terms of enabling mechanisms on different levels of governance.

Introduction and Facilitation: Niki Frantzeskaki, DRIFT- Dutch Research Institute for Transitions

10:00 - 10:30    Playing with acceleration

A game-based session to explore the mechanisms responsible for accelerating urban sustainability transitions.

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break & MarketPlace of ideas
11:00 - 12:00    Panel discussion: How to move beyond experiments?

What do we need to move beyond the status quo (in terms of social and technological innovation, legislation and funding mechanisms, mindsets, etc.)? What concrete steps can we take to accelerate this process?

  • Ugo Guarnacci, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

  • Gorka Espiau, The Young Foundation, United Kingdom

  • Alexandros Filippidis, Iliosporoi, Greece

12:00 - 13:00    Closing session; Which way to the future?

An interactive session to harvest the results of our common work: how do move forward towards a sustainable urban future?

13:00 -14:00 Farewell Lunch & MarketPlace of ideas