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AccessibleEU European Event - Smart Cities: Enhancing Urban Design and Mobility for All (24-NW-EU-01)

The main objective of this AccessibleEU networking event is to raise awareness about the importance of accessibility in urban design across Europe.

It aims to foster a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by people with disabilities navigating urban environments and to promote inclusive practices in urban planning and mobility. By bringing together stakeholders from diverse backgrounds, the event would catalise positive change to enhance urban design and mobility for all.

Recognising the importance of urban tourism to the visitor economy, the event will also examine ways in which cities are working to ensure equal access for all to urban streets, heritage buildings and monuments, for the benefit of local communities and visitors, making use of participatory design approaches and smart data.

  • Target audience: Policymakers, organisations and professionals linked to the world of urban design, urban mobility, urban planning and construction. City managers, DMOs, cultural institutions. Professional associations, societies, and organisations representing professionals and experts in charge of developing accessible infrastructures in urban environments, and those especially linked to design, mobility, engineering and architecture. Representatives of members of civil society. Universities and academics working in accessible urban design and mobility. Trainers of future accessibility professionals in Europe.
  • When: Tuesday, July 2, 2024
  • Where: Fundación ONCE. Calle Sebastián Herrera, 15 28012 Madrid
  • Format: Hybrid
  • Type of event: Networking
  • Language: English
  • How to participate: Free registration
  • Accessibility information: Accessible venue. Captioning in English and international sign system (ISS). Hearing loop in the room.
  • inclusion | urban planning | urbanisation
  • Tuesday 2 July 2024, 09:30 - 17:30 (CEST)


  1. 2 Jul 2024, 09:30 - 17:30 (CEST)
    Preliminary agenda

    9.00 – 9.30 Registration
    9.30 – 10.00 Opening Session
    Official Statement from government officials and presentation on the achievements of AccessibleEU to date.
    10.00 – 10.30 KEYNOTE SPEECH
    10.30 – 11.45. Panel #1: Smart human cities: technology at the service of urban design and mobility for all
    This panel will address the benefits that the implementation of the Smart City concept can have for the understanding and usability of built environments, as well as the presentation of some success stories in the incorporation of various solutions of this model in public spaces and in the transportation network.
    11.45 – 12.30    Coffee Break
    12.30 – 13.30    Panel #2: Users of the urban environment: needs, problems and good practices for the use and enjoyment of public spaces
    This panel seeks to understand the needs of the most vulnerable people as users of the urban environment, to locate the main problems that the public spaces of our towns and cities currently present and to learn about success stories that have managed to maintain the character of urban spaces, responding effectively to the needs of all people.
    13.30 – 15.00  Lunch & networking
    15.00 – 16.15  Panel #3: New urban developments: strategies and challenges for the effective incorporation of accessibility in urban design processes
    This panel seeks to identify the challenges faced by urban planning in the 21st century, in which factors such as sustainability and accessibility are defined as keys, not only to inclusion, but also to quality, and knowing the strategies that are being used, for the design and construction of sustainable and inclusive environments from all points of view.
    16.15 – 17.30  Panel #4 – Lessons learned from the award-winning cities in the EC Access City Awards
    This session will showcase participants of previous editions of the City Awards, highlighting innovative approaches and lessons learned.
    17.30  Closing remarks

Practical information

Tuesday 2 July 2024, 09:30 - 17:30 (CEST)