METREX Conference Lisbon – POSTPONED

30 March - 3 April 2020 , Lisbon

Territorial Sustainable Development: New Solutions for a Better Europe

METREX Lisbon Conference Postponed


Update 19 March 2020

Update on the METREX Lisbon Conference – Covid-19 Virus
With the continued spread of the Covid-19 virus and increasingly restrictive measures being taken across Europe, METREX is unfortunately not in a position to indicate a workable date for the Lisbon Conference to take place.

This decision has been led by our host, Área Metropolitana de Lisboa (AML), in response to recommendations given by the General Health Directorate in Portugal and in compliance with the Contingency Plan for the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon.

In due course and, upon indications from the General Health Directorate, we will communicate further details regarding a possible revised date for the conference.

We cannot stress enough our thanks to AML, and in particular Joseph Azevedo and Filipe Ferreira, with whom we have been working on the conference programme and logistics. During the development of the conference we have experienced their warmth, hospitality and support – they were eager to host and learn from you all.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Virtual Expert Groups – 30 March 2020

While it is not possible for us to meet in Lisbon, we are exploring the opportunity for the Expert Groups to meet via video conferencing. We have proposed the following times for the groups to meet on 30 March 2020:

  • Nordic Network – 30 March 10:00-12:00 (CET)
  • Metropolitan Governance – 30 March at 12:00-13:00 (CET)
  • From Roads to Streets – 30 March 12:30-13:30 (CET)
  • Metropolitan Landscapes – 30 March at 14:00-15:00 (CET)
  • SURE – 30 March at 16:00-17:00 (CET)

We are working on the practicalities of this but if you are interested in taking part in one or more of these meetings, please contact Stephen Gallagher on .
 


Update 6 March 2020

As you will be aware, the continued spread of the Coronavirus is affecting travel and events across Europe. The authorities in Portugal have issued strong guidelines regarding events and as such we have no alternative other than to postpone the METREX Lisbon Conference.

Those of you already registered for the Urban Future Global Conference (UFGC20) may already be aware that they have taken the decision to cancel the 2020 edition of their event and focus on their next planned event in Rotterdam in 2021.

However, we are keen to stress that we intend to find a suitable date later in 2020 to hold the Lisbon Conference. We hope to be in touch in the next week or two to announce new dates.

We apologise if this postponement causes any issues. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Stephen Gallagher on

Best wishes

METREX and AML


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METREX Conference in Lisbon 2020

We are very excited to announce that the Área Metropolitana de Lisboa (AML) will host the METREX Spring 2020 Conference, which will take place on Monday 30th to Tuesday 31 March 2020.

Urban Future Global Conference 2020

The conference will coincide with the Urban Future Global Conference 2020 (UFGC20) that formally starts on 1 April. In the meantime, check their website for further details.

Territorial Sustainable Development: New Solutions for a Better Europe

In the European Union, more than 70% of the population lives in urban areas and it is likely to reach 80% by 2050. According to EUROSTAT (2016), in 2012/2013 metropolitan regions with more than one million inhabitants generated about 47% of European GDP, whereas taking into consideration all metropolitan regions the figure reached around 68%. These urban realities represent a plurality of challenges that must be addressed by countries but also by regions, metropolitan areas and cities.

The document “Global Trends to 2030 – Challenges and Choices for Europe” identifies the following mega-trends that must be dealt with:

  • CLIMATE CHANGE Due to an increase in temperature of 1.5 degrees compared to preindustrial times, we will incur economic and environmental damage.
  • DEMOGRAPHY Both Europe and Africa face demographic challenges: while we will need to manage an ageing population, our southern neighbours will need to manage a significant youth bulge.
  • URBANISATION Two-thirds of people will live in small-to medium-sized cities – where this is not managed properly, it will lead to crime, pollution and violence.
  • ECONOMIC GROWTH China will be the first global economy, and Europe will be third – but our purchasing power per head will be almost four times higher.
  • ENERGY CONSUMPTION Energy consumption will increase globally by 1.7% per year – most of this will take place in rising economies, and therefore contribute to even greater emissions.
  • CONNECTIVITY The number of devices connected to the internet will have increased five-fold to 125bn, and the number of air passengers will nearly double. Everything humans do, good and bad, will be amplified.

These global trends are challenges that must be addressed by sound and effective public policies that comprehend a multilevel approach that provides the better solutions in the most effective governance level. In this place-based approach, it is undeniable the role that must be addressed and provided by metropolitan regions and areas.

In Lisbon Metropolitan Area (LMA) we are addressing these challenges by an integrated policy approach that enhances the role of territorial stakeholders. Regarding this, LMA mission is to contribute to the promotion of sustainable and integral development, territorial and socio-economic cohesion, the improvement of quality of life in the municipalities that integrate it. Regarding LMA implementation strategy, it is based on the following operational framework:

  • Increase the work capacity of territory management and stakeholder involvement, supported in a Metropolitan Sustainable Development Strategy (Regional Strategy LMA 2030)
  • Development and implementation with territorial stakeholders of the Metropolitan Plan for Adaptation to Climate Change (PMAAC -AML)
  • Improve the system of services and intelligent transport systems mobility and transport and implement LMA framework as Metropolitan Transport Authority
  • Management of LMA ITI, acting as an Intermediate body regarding ESIF.

At the METREX Spring 2020 Conference we will work together to find new solutions regarding the main challenges that metropolitan regions and areas must address with a strong focus on Climate Adaptation, Transport and Mobility and Multi-level Governance.

Conference Overview

METREX DAY 1
Monday 30 March 2020

METREX Expert Groups

Start of the METREX Conference

METREX Reception & Dinner

METREX DAY 2
Tuesday 31 March 2020

METREX Conference

UFGC VIP & Speaker Evening Reception

UFGC DAY 1
Wednesday 1 April 2020

UFGC Conference Sessions

Plus additional METREX Expert Group sessions

UFGC DAY 2
Thursday 2 April 2020

UFGC Conference Sessions

UFGC FuckUp Night & After Party

UFGC DAY 3
Friday 3 April 2020

UFGC Study Visits (open to METREX)

UFGC Workshops

Image of Lisbon by TeeFarm via Pixabay

Monday 30 March
Venue Área Metropolitana de Lisboa, Rua da Cruz de Santa Apolónia, Lisbon, Portugal

METREX Expert Groups

11:00-13:00 – Governance Expert Group
11:00-13:00 – Nordic Network Group

13:00
Buffet Lunch
METREX Expert Groups

13:00-15:00 – Metropolitan Landscapes Expert Group – balancing the urban and rural
13:00-16:00 – From Roads to Streets Expert Group – urban regeneration in the metropolitan fringes
13:00-16:00 – SURE Network Group – view the briefing for this session

14:00
METREX Managing Committee Meeting
15:30
Arrival & Registration
16:00
Informal Start of the METREX Conference
Plenary METREX session

Upcoming METREX conferences and themes
Results and ongoing objectives in the EU context
How to continue or join Expert Groups
17:30
Close
19:00
Reception and METREX Dinner with cultural event
Hosted by AML
Venue: To be confirmed
22:00
Close

Tuesday 31 March
Venue Área Metropolitana de Lisboa, Rua da Cruz de Santa Apolónia, Lisbon, Portugal

08:30
Registration for conference and breakout sessions
09:30
Opening by Dr. Nicola Schelling, President of METREX
09:40
Opening by Área Metropolitana de Lisboa (AML)

The Lisbon Metropolitan Area and its approaches on climate adaptation, Transport solutions and its consequent governance model.

The urgency in adapting to climate change consequences does not need any explanation. At this conference we will talk about ways to change our perceptions, attitudes and behaviour in order to find solutions to addressing the challenges. Also, we will be introduced to how the AML has changed it approach to its citizens.

10:00
Introduction to Climate Adaptation
  • The case of AML Climate Change Adaptation Plan (PMAAC) – AML governance models – AML speaker
  • The Lisbon situation of collaborating between local and regional authorities – the AML story
  • Peer review by METREX member

11:00
Break
11:30
Introduction to Transport & Mobility in the AML – Connecting People
  • Developing affordable and accessible metropolitan public transport
  • Pricing policies in promoting public transport – AML tariffs
  • New technologies in mobility and transport
  • Peer review by METREX member

12:45
Lunch
14:00
Approaches from Europe

Parallel sessions on the following issues. Each session includes a brief presentation followed by focused discussion chaired by a METREX member.

Climate Change Adaptation

  • Integrating adaptation into urban planning</li
  • How can we involve citizens to improve and implement adaptation solutions?

Transports and Mobility

  • Transport system financing models
  • The new mobilities
  • The role of the authorities in the transport system

Multi-level Governance

  • Regional and urban development
  • Employment and social inclusion
  • Agriculture and rural development
  • Research and innovation

16:30
End
16:45
Plenary Feedback from Parallel Sessions
Moderator: Henk Bouwman, Secretary General, METREX
  • Feedback from each chair
  • Lessons learned

18:00
Close

19:00-22:00
UFGC20 VIP & Speaker Reception
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Wednesday 1 April

The METREX Conference in Lisbon will coincide with the Urban Future Global Conference (UFGC20). METREX members are eligible for two complimentary tickets to the UFGC. Registration must be made in advance, following registration to the METREX Conference.

09:30
Opening of the Urban Futures Global Conference 2020 (UFGC20) –
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11:30
UFGC20 Parallel Sessions –
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Expert Group Sessions as part of the UFGC20
11:30-13:00
Session: Metropolitan Landscapes – Balancing the Urban and Rural
Moderator: Henk Bouwman, METREX Secretary General
  • Professor Kathryn Moore, Birmingham City University
  • Urban Reports – a photographic exploration “The Other Italy”
  • Followed by Debate

16:30-18:00
Session: SURE Expert Network: Strengthening Urban Regions by Improving International Rail
Moderator: Henk Bouwman, METREX Secretary General

Synopsis: The urban system in North West Europe can be substantially strengthened by improving international rail connections. Rail linkages often connect the business centres of metropolitan regions. By better and more frequent linkages the system will increasingly function as a coherent urban system (‘borrowed size’).  The European Commission is very ambitious in this respect with its substantial new Green Deal. Still there are some sizable obstacles for international rail mobility in Europe and the competition from air traffic is fierce. The METREX SURE Eurodelta Network will present the latest research results and an agenda for how to stimulate growth in international rail mobility and to strengthen the urban system. Followed by debate.

Additional Members-only Expert Group
13:00 tbc
From Roads to Streets – urban regeneration in the metropolitan fringes
(Members only)

Thursday 2 April

The METREX Conference in Lisbon will coincide with the Urban Future Global Conference (UFGC20). METREX members are eligible for two complimentary tickets to the UFGC. Registration must be made in advance, following registration to the METREX Conference.

09:30-18:00
UFGC20 Parallel Sessions
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20:00-21:30
FuckUp Night & Afterparty
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Friday 3 April

The METREX Conference in Lisbon will coincide with the Urban Future Global Conference (UFGC20). METREX members are eligible for two complimentary tickets to the UFGC. Registration must be made in advance, following registration to the METREX Conference.

09:00-16:30
UFGC20 Field trips
METREX Members are encouraged to register early for UFGC20 field trips. Once you have registered for the METREX Conference, you will receive a booking link for the UFGC20.

UFGC20 will offer more than 35 field-trips and excursions, ranging from 2 to 6 hours. Experience live the many faces the City of Lisbon offers, recent developments, critical issues, successes and fields of controversy: walking, biking, taking the train.

The complete field-trip programme will be released in January 2020, with registration for conference pass holders starting in February 2020.

Study Tours will take place on Friday 3 April as part of the UFGC20.

METREX Members are encouraged to register early for UFGC20 field trips. Once you have registered for the METREX Conference, you will receive a booking link for the UFGC20.

UFGC20 will offer more than 35 field-trips and excursions, ranging from 2 to 6 hours. Experience live the many faces the City of Lisbon offers, recent developments, critical issues, successes and fields of controversy: walking, biking, taking the train.

The complete field-trip programme will be released in January 2020, with registration for conference pass holders starting in February 2020.

For more information please check Day 3 on the UFGC20 programme.

Due to the thriving tourism market in Lisbon, we are unable to secure a block booking in any of the city’s hotels.

To secure accommodation we therefore recommend that you check an online service such as https://www.booking.com/ or indeed Air bnb.

The map below notes the location of the two principal venues.

METREX Conference
The main venue for the METREX Conference will be the offices of Área Metropolitana de Lisboa (number 1 on the map below).

UFGC20
The main venue for the Urban Future Global Conference is Pavilhão Carlos Lopes (number 2 on the map below).