Should we not consider new kinds of city-port cooperation to generate economic value, in a social and environmental context revolutionised by new technologies and global challenges such as climate change, rarefaction of natural resources and questions about the end of era of fossil energy?
Faced with increasingly complex situations, it is now more vital than ever for politicians, economic operators and citizens to experiment with new approaches to develop their ports and port cities, with a greater emphasis on convergence and complementarity. The search for synergies is central to local debates. Populations want jobs, quality of life, safety and security. Closely interdependent issues such as mobility, energy, climate and demography are growing steadily in importance. And while governments look for global solutions, there is a constant drive to promote innovation locally as a mean of improving social cohesion and well-being for local communities and enterprises.
Port and City industries have to look for new “circular” business models, and have to adopt new technologies that are developing very rapidly, in order to find concrete solutions, drawing on the considerable assets of a specific natural, human and economic ecosystem.
New coalitions between local communities, local entrepreneurs, port businesses and public bodies are to be set up. These collaborations and synergies offer tremendous possibilities for action and innovation, and we are only just starting to grasp their potential. Our worldwide conference in Rotterdam will aim to demonstrate it.
Now is the time to pool knowledge, energy, resources and spaces, to come up with the solutions needed. Circular economy, renewable energy, flexible urban development, social and societal integration, the collaborative economy, new technologies, environmental innovation and human capital are all areas to explore.
This will lead to new City-Port-Citizen synergies that will prove invaluable to responsible port cities, as they face both the challenges of the future, and the needs of their local communities and businesses.
The realisation that resources are not inexhaustible now seems to be universally accepted, and COP21 made that explicit. Yet the transition towards a more virtuous economic model is only just beginning. It is likely that there is still hitherto unknown potential for action. Port cities in particular would seem to offer an ideal setting in which to create a circular economy, aimed at recycling, sharing, re-using, designing and producing in new and improved ways. Our city-port ecosystems would be richer, more coherent and more sustainable as a result.
Bringing together established businesses, start-ups and research institutes in a single location is about more than mere physical proximity. Promoting synergies and multi-sector partnerships helps to move away from a silo mentality and forge an environment favourable to innovation, collective thinking and co-production. Port cities then become engines for new economic growth and job creation.
New technologies and new ways of accessing information have revolutionised the way customers and consumers behave. They have become more demanding when it comes to the quality and the environmental impact of products and services. Businesses have adapted to this new reality, forcing the logistics industry to follow suit. So what is the situation today? Which are the areas where port cities could potentially take action by using smart technologies? Which are the likely consequences for the collaboration between City and Port?
The need to create a sustainable city-port, with a mix of functions is becoming more and more widely accepted. To that end, more needs to be done to devise new functions for the city-port interface and new ways of planning the city with the port: flexible and scalable planning, new decision-making and monitoring tools, co-creation and a collaborative approach based on cross-functional working environments that involve the wider community.
The recent COP21 provided a good demonstration of this: cities - and in particular port cities - are not only at the front line of climate changes, but also among the most dynamic when it comes to finding answers to the issue. Many Port Cities are part of sensitive deltas. They are looking beyond strategies merely designed to resist climate phenomena and actually adopting innovative solutions, which also happen to offer opportunities for resilient port cities for the benefit of both the population and the biodiversity alike.
The emergence of a civil society with an increasingly proactive role in development, a new approach to professional life and the impact of new technologies, are all game-changers. The knowledge and skills required are evolving constantly. Ports and their partners – ranging from businesses and trade unions, to universities and municipalities – are at the cutting edge of this change. As such, they have a crucial part to play in social innovation and training for both current and future generations of workers.
Be part of our efforts to envision new crossovers and unlock the potential of port cities!
There are synergies to be explored between local communities, entrepreneurs and institutions, with untapped opportunities for ground-breaking development.
Promote your expertise, experience, work and research with a unique network of port city stakeholders, the only one of its kind in the world, with over 10,000 professionals, decision-makers, managers, academics, etc.
Ensure your contribution will be seen by a wide audience - before, during and after the conference.
Gain visibility in the exhibition area
Debate with delegates from 80 countries
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NB: The organising committee will not cover registration fees for the conference, neither travelling or hotel expenses.
- Isabelle Vries, Corporate Strategy, Port of Rotterdam,
- Olivier Lemaire, General Manager, AIVP
- Prof. Roudaina Al Khani, Platforms for sustainable cities and regions, London, UK
- Prof. Austin Becker, University of Rhode Island, USA
- Henk de Bruijn, Manager Social Affairs, Port of Rotterdam, The Netherlands
- Carla Jong, Manager Environmental Affairs and Spatial Planning, Port of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Dr. Nicolas Mat, independent expert, M-Atome/ Ecole Des Mines d’Alès, France
- Menno Huijs, Policy Coordinator Maritime and Ports, City of Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Analysis by the Selection Committee: April 2016
Decision by the Selection Committee: 3 May 2016
Posters chosen from selected contributions: June 2016
Posters production: July – September 2016
Publication and promotion of contributions: September 2016
Registration fees include participation in different working sessions, technical visits and lunches:
In order to welcome you in the best conditions in Lorient, AIVP has pre-booked rooms at negotiated prices at the Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre and on board of the historical cruise ship « SS Rotterdam » for the nights of Tuesday 4, Wednesday 5, Thursday 6 and Friday 7 October. Just choose: urban atmosphere or port atmosphere!?
Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre
Hotel 4*, rooms from 160 Euros (breakfast and taxes included)
Hotel 4*, rooms from 119 Euros (breakfast and taxes included)
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