Organized by Mikser and ICL the event will hold two morning sessions presenting our partners’ innovations achieved through their work in euPOLIS. To sum up the impact and importance of introducing the NBS into urban cores and our daily lives, we will have a panel discussion on the “Happiest Nation in The World”, examining what the happiness index means in our real lives, and why only a few same countries always make it to the top of that list.

After two years of individual work in pandemic conditions, members of the euPolis project consortium will meet for the first time face-to-face on September 29 in the Zornić House ethnic complex on the outskirts of Belgrade.

The rapporteurs of 28 consortium partners will have the first in-person meet-up to discuss taking the project’s state-of-the-art technologies status up a notch. This gather-up will also serve to create a comprehensive and applicable guide for all those empowered, inspired, and farsighted citizens and decision-makers to introduce nature-based solutions into their public spaces, change the face of the decision-making process, and all in all, step by step create more just, accepting and welcoming environment for all social groups.

Organized by the Mikser Association and the Imperial College London, the event will be publicly broadcast on the euPOLIS Facebook page starting at 9.00 AM CET.

The event starts with the keynote speech on Advanced Environmental Modeling – Focus on processes in Aquatic habitats which will be given by prof. Miodrag Jovanovic.

The first work session will tackle the main euPOLIS objectives:

1. Stakeholders and Communities Engagement in Participatory Planning 

(Co)Authors: Čedo Maksimović, Stanislava Bošković, ICL 

2. euPOLIS Paradigm for Future Cities – Identifying Gaps and Solutions 

(Co)Authors: Stanislava Bošković, Ana Mijić, ICL

3. Enhancing Social and Behavioural Aspects of Public Health and Well-Being

(Co)Authors: Anja Ranđelović, FCBG (SR), Anna Domaradzka & Associates, ISS (PL)

4. Technologies Supporting Deployment of the NBS in Cities 

(Co)Authors: Athanasia Kazantzi, Resilience Guard (CH), 

Eftychios Protopapadakis, NTUA (GR), Elsa Katsorida, Sentio Labs (GR) 

After a short discussion break, the event continues with the following topics at 11.00 AM CET:

Innovative Planning and Design for the Future Cities 

(Co)Authors: Ranko Božović, EnPLUS (SER), Juliana Uribe Aguado & Colleagues, UniAndes (COL)

NBS at Work and Monitoring their Performance 

(Co)Authors: Alix Aliaga, Alfred Figueras Anton, Amphi (DK) and associates.

Mainstreaming Innovation – Evaluation of the euPOLIS Solutions and Transfer of Knowledge 

(Co)Authors: Sandra Baki, NTUA (GR), Athanasia Kazantzi, Resilience Guard (CH) 

Communicating Change – Spreading the euPOLIS Philosophy 

(Co)Authors: Maja Lalic, Mikser (SR), Aleksandra Malušev, Mikser (SR), Stanislava Bošković, ICL (UK), Afroditi Mathioudaki (CDP)

On top of that, a special effort given by the euPOLIS Colombian team from Bogota, Universidad de Los Andes, and Empresa de Renovación y Desarrollo Urbano – ERU will be presented to demonstrate the importance of publically communicating and engaging citizens in designing their public spaces.

After two working sessions, there will be a panel discussion entitled “Happiest Nation In The World”, with the high representative of the EU Delegation in Serbia Nicola Bertolini, Marko Stojčić, city planner, professor Čedo Maksimović, Imperial College London, technical manager of the euPOLIS project, Predrag Voštinić, activist of the Local Front from Kraljevo. The discussion will be moderated by Maja Lalić, representative of the Mikser Association and founder of the Women’s Architectural Society.

EuPolis is a four-year international project, supported by the Horizon 2020 program of the European Union. Mikser is proud to be able to cooperate with the world’s most excellent experts in the field of sustainable development, social innovation, and modern technology. In addition to Mikser, the Belgrade part of the consortium consists of the expert team for regenerative urban planning of the company EnPlus and the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the University of Belgrade, with the support of medical experts from several Belgrade health institutions. This project should bring an innovative methodology of city planning with the application of NBS solutions, i.e. solutions inspired by nature. The goal is to improve the health and life of citizens with their active participation and improvement of public city spaces. Demonstration of the process of urban planning with the involvement of citizens and the application of NBS solutions is planned at specific locations in four European cities: Belgrade, Piraeus, Lodz, and Gladsaxe.