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The Call “Driving urban transitions” is launched

A seminar to officially launch the co-funded European partnership “Driving Urban Transitions” (DUT) took place on September 26th in the presence of all stakeholders: the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion, the Environmental and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), the National Research Agency, the National Agency for Territorial Cohesion, the National Association for Research and Technology,  Sustainable City by France and France Urbaine. Approximately 120 people participated in this launch, both at the Ministry’s offices and online.

The seminar focused on the first OTC project calls that opened on September 21, 2022 and will close on November 21, 2022. (see all documents and presentations on the PIN VILLE website)

This new European partnership completes the objectives and mechanisms of the100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030 Mission. Search for available translations of the preceding li, which is also linked to the European framework Horizon Europe. At the European level, 27 countries and 41 European and international funding agencies are joining forces to launch transnational calls for projects to fund research and innovation projects on three thematic pillars (mobility, energy and the circular economy) related to sustainable cities.

The 9 topics of the call 2022 were deciphered so as to give keys to success for the teams submitting projects. The seminar focused on the application procedures (among others, the involvement of actors from at least three different countries linked to the partnership), and on the financing procedures (each country finances its national actors according to the financing rules of the agencies involved).

The annual French budget is 3 million euros for the ANR and 1.5 million euros for the ADEME, with an additional contribution of about 30% from the European Commission for transnational collaboration. This budget places France among the very first financers of the program, and should encourage the national actors to engage resolutely towards this European program at the service of the sustainable city and its citizens.

Find the program and the presentation of the seminar on the website of the National City Information Point

Find out more about the DUT call

About Solène

Mission Officer, Working Group, and Projects. Student at the Urban School of Sciences Po Paris, focusing on the ecological transition of cities.

About Quentin

Motivated by climate issues and planetary boundaries, Quentin decided to study land use planning at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. His experience in associative field at the Fresque du Climat, helped him to better understand the stakes of the ecological bifurcation. Between his native Haute-Savoie and his home town Rennes, where he gained expertise in mobility and sustainable agriculture, he is now based in Paris to deploy the Sustainable City by France’s territorial workshops throughout the country.

About Alice

After five years’ study at Sciences Po Lyon, with a specialization in territorial transitions, Alice joined Sustainable City by France (France Villes et territoires Durables). She actively contributes to the deployment of the association’s territorial workshops and working groups.
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Currently studying as a second-year Master’s student in International Relations at University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Tara holds a Bachelor’s degree from INALCO, with a double-major in Hindi language, and International relations / Environmental studies. Her work with us is in line with her former experiences at UNESCO and the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, thus deepening her professional expertise in the field of environmental diplomacy and international cooperation for sustainable development.

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She holds a Master’s degree in Development Economics from the Panthéon-Sorbonne University and is currently studying for a Master’s degree in International Relations and Action Abroad at the same university. She approaches the problems of sustainable cities and territories through these different perspectives and her international experiences.

About Isabelana

Isabelana is a Mexican journalist who holds a Master’s degree in Digital Communication and Data Analysis from the Sorbonne University. She previously worked in communication and press relations in the cultural sector in France and Mexico. Today, she is interested in ecological actions and solutions to preserve the environment and the biodiversity.

About Camille

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With a background in social sciences, art history and architecture, Camille has worked in communication within the VINCI group: from major international projects to La Fabrique de la Cité, a think tank dedicated to urban foresight.

About Alexandra

A geographer by training (Saint Petersburg State University), she started as a geographer and economist at the Academy of Agricultural Economics (Russia), before pursuing her career in France as an administrative and accounting assistant (Air Liquide, Association TGV Provence Côte d’Azur, COFHUAT, Groupe Hervé)

About Marion

Trained in international and European affairs between England and France as part of a double degree at Sciences-Po Lille / University of Kent, Marion started her career in advocacy and institutional relations of non-governmental organisations, in the fair trade sector (Max Havelaar France label). Her experiences are also linked to territories, with a passage in decentralised cooperation at the level of a departmental council.

About Sébastien

Before joining the SCbF team, he held several positions in local government management. From elected official and deputy mayor of his native city Besançon, in charge of university relations and international cooperation, to Director of Economic Development of the City of Pantin, to Chief of staff in Montreuil – where he notably piloted the in-depth redesign of the urban project towards more ecology and sustainable development – he continued his career as Senior Resilience Officer of the City of Paris.
He promotes a holistic and systemic vision of sustainable development and brings his expertise in territorial resilience, ecological and social transition.