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Invitation to Nordregio Forum 2015: Nordic City Regions in a Global Environment

Matt Ball on June 30, 2015 - in Uncategorized

June 30, 2015—Nordregio Forum is the annual meeting place for professionals and policymakers working with urban and regional development in the Nordic countries. It is a forum for exchange of ideas and trends; for sharing new knowledge and examples; and for pushing policy agendas by learning from others and questioning the norm. Save the date now and we will send you an email invitation by the end of the summer. Welcome to Nordregio Forum 2015!

Date: 2526 November
Place: Kulturvaerftet, Helsingor, Denmark

Sneak a peek at the prestigious speakers list (to mention a few)

  • Architecture and urban design as competitive advantages for Nordic city regions, Tonje Frydenlund, Managing Director, Snøhetta
  • Where strangers become neighbours – Community planning for liveable city regions, Professor Leonie Sandercock, University of British Columbia
  • City example: the Vancouver model. How people with ideas, visions and disagreements build cities? Larry Beasley, Beasley and Associates, former Director of Planning for the city of Vancouver
  • City example: Vienna and Danube region. “We grow together – together we grow – city collaboration in Danube region”, Kurt Puchinger, Senior Expert of the city of Vienna and EUSDR Priority Area Coordinator
  • How would Nordic city regions benefit from a national or Nordic urban policy? William Tompson, Senior Counsellor, OECD
  • What about people in planning? Housing and segregation.Moa Tunström, Senior Research Fellow, Nordregio


Nordregio Forum 2015 will focus on the strengths and weaknesses of Nordic city regions in a time characterized by fierce global competition, climate change and migration. Through international scholars and creative examples, panel discussions and peer-to-peer dialogue, we will explore ways forward under four different, cross-cutting themes or challenges:

1. Competitive and climate friendly city regions
2. Effective governance of Nordic city regions – the collaboration challenge within and between city regions
3. Attractive/liveable and socially inclusive city regions
4. Smart city regions – creating good life conditions by using the latest technology

The choice of topics is based on discussions between 17 Nordic city regions within the Nordic Working Group on Sustainable Urban Regions, coordinated by Nordregio. Many of the city regions share these challenges and see the potential in closer Nordic cooperation and knowledge exchange.

Finally, Nordregio Forum will be an arena for discussion about a possible Nordic framework for closer collaboration and increased political focus on our Nordic city regions and their needs in order to fulfil their important roles: to ensure climate smart growth, global competitiveness and inclusive attractiveness also in the future.

Organizers and sponsors

Nordregio, Danish Ministry of Business and Growth, Nordic Council of Ministers through its Committee of Senior Officials for Regional Policy, RegLab Denmark, and University of Copenhagen.

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About Matt Ball

Matt Ball is a former editor and publisher of V1 Media.

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