Smart EcoDigital Cities and Regions - Challenges and Solutions for a Sustainable Future

September 5, 2020 12:00 - 1:30

Location: Virtual Room 3


Soon self-driving cars, robots, and the internet of thingswill shape the daily reality of many European cities andregions through the introduction of 5G. The related (smart) technologies increase the abundance of electromagnetic fields and radiation, in addition to mobile phones, house appliances, and other wireless devices. Involved stakeholders find themselves within several tensions and antagonisms arising from economical, ecological and social responsibility. Technical progress is of enormous importance to stay competitive on a global scale. However, research studies confirmed potentially damaging risks on humanlives associated with the technologies. Thus, the European Parliament recommends to employ the "precautionary principle" for the implementation of mobile technologies. The online fishbowl dialogue will focus on the following questions:(1) What are the latest scientific advances related to electromagnetic fields and their technological use? (2) How can policy makers and the general public take good decisions despite the scientific evidence around the topic is not fully established, but clearly indicates risks? (3) What solutions and services are available in European cities that assure minimal effects on the health of people and biodiversity while introducing future technologies? (4) What kind of challenges will weface that require digital and social inclusion? (5) What kind of approaches are available in different European countries?We aim to create a transnational, interdisciplinary discussion that includes perspectives from scientists, medical doctors, public administrations, social innovators, telecommunication companies, and regionaldevelopment agencies some of whom aim to catalyse the transformation of Europe towards smart EcoDigital cities and regions. All stakeholders including SMEs, corporate companies, applied research institution, universities, and end users are warmly welcome to join the highly interactive debate online.

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