In recent years, it has becoming increasingly clear that global economic growth can only be an accompaniment to the emergence of a fairer, more open, more inclusive society. Technological breakthroughs in every field, social trends and citizen engagement, the rise of collaborative practices, local and global environmental considerations, the distribution of wealth... all of these challenges need to be faced at once. And at the heart of all these issues, port cities are doing more than anyone to innovate, transform and drive forward a whole new approach.
In order to work together and devise "crossovers" that include all stakeholders - not just cities and ports, but also businesses and citizens, start-ups and universities, architects and logistics operators - you are invited to Rotterdam, one of the world’s most creative port cities!
Join us in the centre of the innovation district in Europe’s largest port, and help us envision a new kind of port city - your port city. One focused on renewable energies and the circular economy. An imaginative port city, creating new solutions to enhance mobility both for individuals and freight. A pleasant place to live, in a constantly changing urban setting. A port city connected to its citizens, and committed to ensuring they have the training and skills needed in today’s dynamic world!
Representatives from port cities around the globe will be in Rotterdam from 5 to 7 October. Join us there to keep abreast of the latest pioneering strategies in a friendly atmosphere, and make your voice heard at the many debates that will be organised, alongside some of the world’s leading experts!
Welcome to the heart of urban and port innovation. Welcome to Rotterdam!
President of AIVP
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