Caring about the future

UNaLab - Urban Nature Labs
Coordinator - External coordinator
CESAM Responsible researcher - Peter Cornelis Roebeling
Programme - Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programm
Execution dates - 2017-06-01 - 2022-05-31 (60 Months)
Funding Entity - EC - European Commission
Funding for CESAM - 485300 €
Total Funding - 14278699 €
Proponent Institution - Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT)
Participating Institutions
Universidade de Aveiro
Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus (VTT), Finland
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Forderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V, Germany
Gemeente Eindhovem, The Netherlands
Comune di Genova, Italy
Tampereen Kaupunki, Finland
Stavanger Commune, Norway
Ayuntamiento de Castellón de la Plana, Spain
Mairie de Cannes, France
Institut Planovani a Rozvoje Hlavniho Mesta Prahy, Czech Republic
T.C. Basaksehir Belediyesi, Turkey
European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL), Belgium
European Regions Research and Innovation Network, Belgium
Land Milano, Italy
Engineering - Ingegneria Informatica SPA, Italy
M3S SRL, Italy
Ramboll Management Consulting (RAM; FI)
Innovation HUB (OPENREMOTE), Netherlands
!MPULS, Netherlands
D’Appolonia SPA, Italy
Infrastutture Recupero Energia Agenzia Regionale Ligure SPA, Italy
Parc Científic, Tecnològic i Empresarial de la Universitat Jaume i de Castelló, Spain
Hlavní Mesto Praha, Czech Republic
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands
Universitaet Stuttgart, Germany
Lulea Tekniska Universitet, Sweden
Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Ltd, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hing Kong
Ubatec SA, Argentina
City of Guangzhou, China
Network of Brazilian Intelligent Cities, Brazil

Project Description

UNaLab will develop, via co-creation with stakeholders and implementation of ‘living lab’ demonstration areas, a robust evidence base and European framework of innovative, replicable, and locally-attuned nature-based solutions (NBSs) to enhance the climate and water resilience of cities. UNaLab focuses on urban ecological water management, accompanied with greening measures and innovative and inclusive urban design. The UNaLab partners aim to develop smarter, more inclusive, more resilient and more sustainable local societies through nature based innovation jointly created with and for stakeholders and citizens. UNaLab’s 3 front runner cities: Tampere, Eindhoven and Genova, have a track record in smart and citizen driven solutions for sustainable development. They support 7 follower cities: Stavanger, Prague, Castellon, Cannes, Basaksehir, Hong Kong and Buenos Aires plus share experiences with observers as City of Guangzhou and the Brazilian network of Smart Cities. Therefore UNaLab results will impact on different urban socio-economic realities, with diversity in size, challenges and climate conditions. In order to create an EU reference demonstration and go-to-market environment for NBS, UNaLab will use and further develop the ENoLL Urban Living Lab (ULL) model, and the European Awareness Scenario Workshop method for the co-creation of solutions, and the roadmap approach, in this way achieving an innovative NBS toolbox. Roadmaps will be used in all 10 cities, but in particular serve the follower cities. VTT, with a track record in the field of urban sustainability and Smart Cities, leads UNaLab. The UNaLab consortium is comprised of 29 partners across 12 different European countries and three non-EU countries. The consortium is well-balanced, representing key stakeholders within the value chain of urban challenges and smart, sustainable cities (public bodies, research institutions, large industries, small and medium enterprises.

The University of Aveiro team, including members from the DAO and DCSPT, is responsible for Working Package 3 (WP3) and Task 4.3 (T4.3). The overall objective of WP3 is to monitor and evaluate the measured performance and assess the potential impacts of NBSs in front-runner cities, using key indicators of performance (KPIs) and impact (KIIs) as well as a Systemic Decision Support Tool (SDST) to underpin and support the co-creation of NBS in the face of global change (in particular population growth and climate change). The aims of T4.3 are to develop an NBS Impact Simulator & Monitor, i.e. the UNaLab ICT framework platform representing: i) the ICT platform for visualisation of monitoring data and geo-data published in the UNaLab database; and ii) the user interface underlying the SDST defined in WP3.

Project webpage

CESAM members on this project


Joana Ferreira

Research Fellow
Rita Mendonça


CESAM Funding: UIDP/50017/2020 + UIDB/50017/2020 + LA/P/0094/2020


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