Throughout the project, different conferences will take place to promote the project, as well as to contribute to the different objectives established for UrbanWINS.

Upcoming Events


UrbanWINS Final Conference

The city as a living organism: understanding its metabolism to reduce its resource consumption


When? 4th April 2019
Where? GreenBizz, Brussels (Rue Dieudonné Lefèvre 17)


Participation in this one-day event is free. Register here.

Registration is open until March 25th.

Find the programme below or download it here.


After three years of work, the EU-funded UrbanWINS project will come to an end this May.
During its life time, UrbanWINS has developed and tested methods for designing and implementing eco-innovative strategic plans for waste prevention and management in eight pilot cities: Cremona, Albano Laziale, Pomezia and Torino (Italy); Leiria (Portugal); Bucharest (Romania), and Manresa & Sabadell (Spain).

Now, it is time to share the outcomes and results of the project so that other cities, organisations and stakeholders can build upon them. Come and join us in our final conference, taking place in GreenBizz, an environmental incubator in Brussels.



08.30 Registration and welcome coffee
09.00 Welcome: The UrbanWINS journey
09.30 Urban metabolism: indicators on how cities eat and digest
The urban metabolism approach, by Leonardo Rosado, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers University
Strategic Planning Framework for the pilot cities, by Giulia Lucertini, Research Fellow on Planning and Assessment Methods Adjunct professor, IUAV
Questions and answers
11.00 Coffee break
11.30 Participation: a key aspect in UrbanWINS
Speed presentations: How have we used participation in the cities? NOVA-FCT; Cremona, Albano Laziale, Pomezia and Torino (Italy); Leiria (Portugal); Bucharest (Romania), and Manresa and Sabadell (Spain) will share their insights.
Questions and answers
12.45 An inspirational story: the SPILL restaurant in Malmö, by Erik Andersson
13.00 Lunch break
14.00 Three parallel workshops: If I were a city…
Workshop 1: Game talks – Using board games to prevent and manage waste
Facilitated by Micael Sousa, UrbanWINS blogger in Leiria
Workshop 2: Community based decision making for better waste management in tourism
Facilitated by Erneszt Kovács, Project Manager at ACR+ and coordinator of the URBAN-WASTE project
Workshop 3: Eco-innovative solutions for waste and wastescapes
Facilitated by Libera Amenta, Architect Ph.D. in Urban Design and Planning, and coordinator of REPAiR project
15.15 Presentation of the UrbanWINS toolkit
15.40 Coffee break
16.15 Looking into the future
17.00 Conclusions and wrap-up
17.30 Guided tour through GreenBizz facilities


UrbanWINS National Conference Sweden

From research to local action support: How can an Urban Metabolism approach support cities decision making processes towards circular economy actions.


When? 21st March 2019
Where? Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg


Cities need to fully comprehend the underlying driving forces of resource use and waste
generation and to improve their knowledge about the stocks of resources available for reuse and
recycling. Decision makers need to be aware of the linkages between material flow use and
planning and the objectives of waste prevention strategies and also on the effects of waste
policies on urban economic and social processes. Decision making processes need to be supported
by the provision of scientific, reliable and ready to use information on urban metabolism, that is
by relevant datasets and indicators. Strong cooperation with the academic world is needed in
order to improve the urban metabolism knowledge base and to reinforce processes and methods
for data identification and collection.


Find the programme here.

To register, please send an email to:


UrbanWINS National Conference Romania


When? 26th March 2019
Where? Bucharest


Further details coming up soon!

UrbanWINS National Conference Austria


When? End of April / Beginning of May
Where? Vienna


Further details coming up soon!

Past Events

A total of six conferences are to take place during the three years of the project to share the developments of UrbanWINS, as well as to exchange ideas, challenges and approaches. Each of six countries involved in this project – Austria, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and Sweden – host one event.

So far, three of conferences have already taken place:

UrbanWINS National Conference Portugal
The conference aimed at sharing the experience and preliminary results of the UrbanWINS project with the
national audience of citizens, local authorities, organizations, stakeholders and academia. The conference took place on the 25th of June, 2018, in Coimbra.

UrbanWINS National Conference Italy
The conference was held within the framework of a bigger event that is the Forum CompraVerde-BuyGreen, International fair and conference on green procurement. It took place on the 19th of October, 2018, in Rome.

UrbanWINS National Conference Spain
Project partners and local governments were invited to learn about innovative ways of waste prevention and citizen participation. UrbanWINS project outcomes were presented and new models of waste management that promote infrastructure for a circular economy are showcased. The conference was held on the 23th of November, 2018, in Sabadell.

The kick-off conference took place in Cremona (Italy) in September 2016. The purpose of this event was to share the approach of UrbanWINS and to clearly explain the different activities that will be developed within the project.

Some of the members of the European Advisory Board took part in the event.

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