Virtual Workshop "Smart Neighborhoods"

As part of this year's Berlin Science Week, the Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF), together with the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, is organizing an event on "Sustainable Digitalization in Urban Areas". The first part of the event consists of three virtual parallel workshops. The ECDF is proud to host the workshop "Smart Neighborhoods". We hereby cordially invite you to participate on November 3, 2020, 3-6 pm.

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The workshop will focus on "Smart Neighborhoods" as key components of an intelligent, digitalized city. Smart Neighborhoods are the cross-dimensional elements that connect the small scale of individual buildings with the large scale of infrastructural, social, technological and ecological urban networks. The digital transformation and sustainability of our urban neighborhoods and their communities will be analyzed and discussed from heterogeneous perspectives with the aim of identifying current research priorities, interdisciplinary challenges and opportunities for joint collaboration between researchers and policy makers.

This workshop will provide an active forum to discuss the following aspects related to Smart Neighborhoods: (I) Infrastructure systems (e.g., district heating, mobility networks, interconnected water-energy infrastructure), (II) Technology (e.g., smart metering, IoT sensors), (III) Sustainability (e.g., sustainable consumption, environmental awareness), (IV) Social Challenges (e.g., accessibility, equality, privacy), and (V) Governance (e.g., data governance, data ownership, political agenda).

The workshop will be hosted by ECDF Professors Andrea Cominola (Smart Water Networks) and Tilman Santarius (Socio-Ecological Transformation and Sustainable Digitialization).

Together with representatives from other research institutions as well as from civil society, businesses and politics, we want to develop ideas and promote the discussion about the role of Smart Neighborhoods in cities like Berlin. Therefore, we will ask each participant to provide some short introductory statements about his or her perspective and main approach to the topic. Moreover, for those who are interested, we will offer the opportunity to make a three-minute pitch so that you can share your knowledge with the entire group and suggest priority issues to be discussed in the afternoon. Based on the feedback of the other participants, we will then delve deeply into some priority aspects that all participants can understand.

The results of the workshop will be summarized and presented by Andrea Cominola in a subsequent virtual panel discussion, which will start at 7 pm. The virtual panel will be transmitted via livestream. Further information about the Berlin Science Week event can be found //here.

If you have any questions regarding the workshop, please contact Tim Kawalun (

We look forward to your participation!