METREX Autumn 2020 Conference

30 September - 2 October 2020 , Lyon

Changing Values and the Role of Metropolitan Authorities

Hosted by UrbaLyon​

and in close collaboration with l’Institut Paris Region

Due to uncertainty around the Covid-19 pandemic, it is anticipated that this will be a hybrid event, with some aspects accessible remotely for those who cannot travel to Lyon.

Introduction

The current pandemic has shown its seismic character, bringing our activities to a standstill, almost overnight, with long-lasting consequences for the economy and most probably for our lifestyle. The ‘freeze’ also shifted our focus towards the opportunities that come with having experienced close Proximity opposite the concept of Globalisation in the last decades.

Many answers and actions addressing climate change are already being developed on a metropolitan and local level. The current situation is an opportunity to understand better how to find a sustainable AND resilient balance in our behaviour: the necessity to travel, the distance between locations of food production and consumers, etc. And behavioural change often is preceded by changing values: e.g. how do we value the proximity of work, the importance of a local social network, access to services, etc. It is an opportunity to reset our thinking and our plans.

In Lyon we will explore new structures in life; we will focus on the concept of proximity in housing, workplaces, food and health, and consequences/opportunities for the Role of the Metropolitan Regions.

Day 1 Wednesday 30 September

Overview programme: further details to be added in due course

METREX Expert Groups
(timings to be confirmed)

Afternoon Tour de Grand Lyon

Evening Reception

Day 2 Thursday 1 October

Overview programme: further details to be added in due course

09:30
Opening of the Conference

Introduction to the Métropole de Lyon

10:30
Break

11:00
The Role of the Metropolitan Region

12:30
Lunch

14:00
Parallel Sessions
A number of parallel sessions to cover themes including governance, homes for all, public realm, landscape and health.

18:30
City Walk

19:30
Conference Dinner

Day 3 Friday 2 October

Overview programme: further details to be added in due course

09:30
Review of current and upcoming METREX Activities

10:45
Break

11:00
Feedback from Thursday’s Parallel Sessions

12:30
Lunch

14:00
Keynote Speaker

15:00
Reflections from Lyon and Paris

16:00
Close