ESCT 2020 Mannheim
30 September - 02 October 2020


Mannheim goes online!

The only constant in life is change: Mannheim2020 is going online! Local transformation needs to be brought to the next level in all aspects of society. Europe needs solutions for major environmental, economic and social challenges now more than ever.

Join us for the 9th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns to take transformation forward.

  • 30 September - 2 October
  • No participation fees
  • Interactive format

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and our pioneering virtual host the City of Mannheim will bring together local and regional leaders, European and international institutions and  some of the brightest minds working on cutting edge research, businesses and the civil society to forge a more sustainable Europe in #Mannheim2020.


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Dr. Peter Kurz
Mayor, Mannheim (Germany)
Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter
Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety (Germany)
Bernice Notenboom
Polar explorer; Climate journalist; Filmmaker
Diederik Samsom
Head of Cabinet of Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Commission
Winfried Kretschmann MdL
Minister-President, Head of the State Government Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
Prof. Tim Jackson
Director Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity, Professor of Sustainable Development, University of Surrey (UK)
Lamia Kamal-Chaoui
Director, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities
Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner
President of the German Environment Agency (Germany)
Lilyana Pavlova
Vice-President, European Investment Bank (EIB)
Matthew Baldwin
Deputy Director General, DG MOVE; EU Coordinator for Road Safety & Sustainable Mobility
Ana Sanchis Huertas
Senior Researcher International R&D&i, Valencia Institute of Building (IVE)
Ana Oregi
Deputy Mayor of Vitoria-Gasteiz (Basque Country)
Anders Wijkman
Chairman, Climate-KIC Governing Board
Dr. techn. Anna-Vera Deinhammer
Program Leader, DoTank Circular City 2020-2030, City of Vienna (Austria)
Anne Katrin Bohle
State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for the Interior, Building and Community (Germany)
Anne-Marie Larsen
Project Manager, City of Copenhagen (Denmark)
Ashima Sukhdev
Government & Cities Programme Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Attila Katona
PhD Researcher, Central European University
Aziza Akhmouch
Head of Division, Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development, OECD
Caroline Bird
Chair, Bristol Energy Network CIC
Cheryl Jones Fur
Deputy Lord Mayor, Växjö (Sweden)
Cyril Gouiffès
Head of Social Impact, Equity Investments, European Investment Fund
Dr. Daniel Lückerath
Project Manager, Fraunhofer IAIS
Dario Nardella
Mayor, Florence (Italy)
David Salomonsen
Head of Special Taskforce on Social Dumping, CSR-unit, Copenhagen Municipality (Denmark)
Dora Almassy, Ph.D.
Researcher, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University
Dr. Douglas Salt
Scientific Computing Specialist, The James Hutton Institute
Elin Seveholt
Advisor Sustainable Procurement, Stavanger Municipality (Norway)
Dr. Elisa Bevilacqua
Head of Department, Sustainable Finance, European Association of Co-operative Banks
Erica Albarello
European Project Manager, City of Torino and Torino Urban Lab (Italy)
Erion Veliaj
Mayor, Tirana (Albania)
Felicitas Kubala
Mayor for Environment and Citizens' Services, Mannheim (Germany)
Filippo Antonio Capizzi
Energy Consultant, Greenfish SA
Franz Untersteller MdL
Minister of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
Gillian Dick
Spatial Planning Manager – Research & Development, Glasgow City Council (UK)
Gorka Urtaran
Mayor, Vitoria-Gasteiz (Basque Country)
Harriët Tiemens
Alderman of the Municipality of Nijmegen (Netherlands)
Henk Kok
Senior Strategic Advisor, City of Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Igor Kos
Advisor, WCYCLE Institute Maribor (Slovenia)
Iva Bedenko
Architect, Office of Strategic Planning, City of Zagreb (Croatia)
Dr. J. Gary Polhill
Senior Research Scientist, The James Hutton Institute
Dr. Jana Deforche
EU Funding Advisor for Energy and Environment, City of Antwerp (Belgium)
Jill Adams
Mannheim2020 Facilitator, Prospex
Johan Sandström
Head of Ecological Development, City of Umeå (Sweden)
Johannes Riegler
Stakeholder Involvement Officer, JPI Urban Europe
Jonas Byström
Lead Engineer, European Investment Bank
Jonas Bylund
JPI Urban Europe Management Board
José Sá Fernandes
Deputy Mayor of Lisbon (Portugal)
Joshua Thumim
Head of Research and Analysis, Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE)
Juan Espadas Cejas
Mayor of Seville (Spain)
Judit Boros
PhD student, Central European University (CEU)
Katerina Havrlant
Marketing Director, Grow with Google & Sustainability at Google
Kerstin Kleinhans
Environmental Engineer, Ghent University
Klaus Kellermann
Architect and Sustainability Specialist, Roskilde Municipality (Denmark)
Lasse P. N. Olsen
Mayor of Environment and Energy, Aalborg Municipality (Denmark)
Prof. Laszlo Pinter
Professor, Central European University (CEU)
Luis Tejero
Coordinator of Climate Change Programs, Madrid City Council (Spain)
Dr. Luise Noring
PhD in Business Economics, CEO & founder of City Facilitators
Mai Muhammad
Energy Manager, Aberdeen City Council (Scotland)
Marc Barra
Ecologist, Paris Regional Agency for Biodiversity (France)
Dr. Marc Gramberger
Mannheim2020 Facilitator, Prospex
Maria Nikolopoulou
Member of the European Economic and Social Committee for Comisones Obreras Trade Union (Spain)
Maria Sangiuliano
Research Director and CEO, Smart Venice
Mariangelina Evliati
Project Manager Electric Mobility, City of Stockholm (Sweden)
Mark Taylor
Principal Conservation Officer, Regeneration Team, Sunderland City Council (UK)
Markus Duscha
Founder and CEO of the Fair Finance Institute (FaFIN)
Martin W. W. Horn
President of ICLEI Europe, Lord Mayor of Freiburg (Germany)
Marvin Rees
Mayor, Bristol (UK)
Dr. Michaël Ghyoot
Project Leader, Rotor
Michael Glotz-Richter
Senior Project Manager Sustainable Mobility, Free Hanseatic City of Bremen (Germany)
Miia Jylhä
R&D Team Leader, Lounais-Suomen Jätehuolto
Minna Arve
Mayor, Turku (Finland)
Miquel Rodríguez Planas
Commissioner of the 2030 Agenda, Barcelona City Council (Spain)
Nina Sankovič
Head of Public Relations, Public Utility VOKA SNAGA
Dr. Rachel Aldred
Professor of Transport, University of Westminster
Raymond Johansen
Governing Mayor of Oslo (Norway)
Richard Lowe
Investment Programme Manager, Bristol City Council (UK)
Rik Thijs
Vice-Mayor, City of Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Roby Biwer
Member of the ENVE Commission, European Committee of the Regions
Sandra Gizdulich
Urban Policy & Programme Expert, Agency for the Territorial Cohesion
Sandy Tung
Programme Manager for 'Sharing Cities', Greater London Authority (UK)
Dr. Arch. Simona d'Oca
Project Coordinator and Researcher, Huygen Engineers and Consultants
Stefan Goemaere
Community worker, Samenlevingsopbouw West Flanders
Susan Aitken
Leader of Glasgow City Council (Scotland)
Dr. Susanna Albertini
Partner and Senior Communication Expert, FVA New Media Research
Thomas Kastrup-Larsen
Lord Mayor, Aalborg Municipality (Denmark)
Tim Ash Vie
Director, Under2 Coalition Secretariat, The Climate Group
Tine Heyse
Deputy Mayor, Ghent (Belgium)
Tom Meeuws
Vice-Mayor, Antwerp (Belgium)
Drs. Ton Verhoeven
Policy Advisor, Municipality of Nijmegen (Netherlands)
Trevor Graham
Director, UrbanIsland
Dr. Wander Jager
Associate Professor, University of Groningen
Wolfgang Teubner
Regional Director Europe, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
Yvon Slingenberg
Director, International Mainstreaming and Policy Coordination, (DG) Climate Action, European Commission
Zoran Jelic
Global Project Coordinator, ImPPPact Global Alliance
Zsófia Ábrahám
Software Engineer for Naturvation, Central European University

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