Cities of the Future, annual event of the Academy Programme Critical Materials in Circular Economy of Cities

23 August 2023
Place Lapland Hotels Tampere, Yliopistonkatu 44 (Tampere)

The event is aimed at researchers in the Romulus programme and for any others interested in the topics.  The seminar aims to provide insights and discussions on how to create sustainable and future-ready cities, with a focus on critical materials in the circular economy. The goal is to encourage collaboration and knowledge exchange among the participants.


10:00   Registration

Opening words, Timo Repo, Professor, Head of the steering group of Romulus programme

Invited presentation by Teppo Rantanen, Executive Director of economic policy, competitiveness and innovation, City of Tampere

Pitch session for the Romulus projects (3 min. each)

12:15   Lunch

Primary and secondary processing routes for lithium and RE elements, Neil Rowson, Professor of Minerals Engineering, University of Birmingham

13:45   Coffee break

Group discussions, facilitated by Salla Jokela and Anna-Kaisa Viitanen, Tampere University

 4-6 tables about the future of cities based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • Affordable and clean energy (SDG 7)
  • Sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11)
  • Responsible consumption and production (SDG 12)
  • Climate action (SDG 13)


Conclusions from the discussion groups, facilitator Salla Jokela and Anna-Kaisa Viitanen

Closing words, Timo Repo

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