The population trend in the 21st century is to concentrate in large urban areas. This current need for our society to live together in communal areas where we can all work, play, learn and interact means that we must be able to satisfy all of these needs in one place. We therefore need to rethink the concept of the city and its organization, and look for new ideas, concepts and solutions to the new challenges. These cities are platforms where people live and work.

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In the knowledge society, cities really are the engines of world economic and social development. This is where companies create and develop their services. They are strategic communications places and perfect locations for finding workers and talent.

This tendency of populations to concentrate in cities requires efficiency. Resource management and sustainable development should be strategic lines in this city model.

ICTs (information and communication technologies) can organize the management processes of these urban environments with infrastructures, networks and platforms that enable all the processes to be monitored and help promote sustainability and efficiency. These technologies can be applied to any subject or field, from basic services such as water, electricity and gas, to public and private transportation, culture, education, health, and even citizen involvement in order to create a more participatory and democratic society.

  • The concept of smart city
  • Efficiency and sustainability in urban environments
  • Models of smart cities
  • Areas and strategies for moving towards smart cities
  • ICTs as the platform for smart cities
  • Smart cities in a more participatory and democratic society
  • Francesc Giralt i Prat
  • Helena Ricomà
  • Megan Groome
  • Ronda Zelezni-Green
  • Albert Sangrà Morer
  • Vicente Guallart
  • Santiago J. Castellà Surribas
  • Jaume Trilla Bernet
  • Mar Camacho Martí

Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Chemical Sciences. Distinguished and Emeritus Professor of the URV. Director of Society Affairs, City Protocol Society. Distinguished Research Fellow of the Generalitat (autonomous government) of Catalonia. Researcher at the BioCenit Research Laboratory of the URV.

Degree in Political Science and Public Administration. Operations Manager and Administration of the City Protocol Society.

Former head of Institutional Relations in the Department of the Vice-Presidency of the Generalitat (autonomous government) of Catalonia.

Holds a PhD from Teachers College Columbia University in Science Education with a focus on urban science education and reform.

Executive Director of Education and Public Programs at the New York Academy of Sciences and Director of Science & the City, the public gateway to the New York Academy of Sciences.

Holds a PhD from the University of London. She is an expert in gender, learning and mobiles, and advocates participatory and sustainable approaches to the use of mobiles for educational purposes.

Holds a PhD in Educational Technology, specializing in Organization and Educational Technology. Director of Methodology at the UOC and advisor to the Laboratory of Educational Innovation (Edu Lab).

Chief architect of the city of Barcelona and general director of Urban Habitat since 2011. Founder of Guallart Architects and of the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC). Pioneer of the interaction between nature, technology and architecture.

Holds a PhD in Public International Law. Tenured professor of Public International Law and International Relations at the Rovira i Virgili University. Former vice-rector of External Relations at the URV and former president of the Language Policy Committee of the Vives Network of Universities.

Holds a PhD in Education and Society. Professor in the Faculty of Education and member of the Research Group on Moral Education (GREM) of the University of Barcelona. Author of numerous publications and director of research projects on non-formal and informal education, socio-cultural promotion and leisure.

With a PhD in Educational Technology, she is a professor in the Department of Pedagogy at the URV. Also a member of ARGET (Applied Research Group in Education and Technology) and LATE (Laboratory for Technology Applied to Education).