The 9th Low Carbon City Development World Forum will be held in October 2015 in Tampere, Finland.

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For details on discounted hotel rates, please see below the forum agenda.

This autumn's forum is titled Capabilities for Sustainable Urban Innovation and will feature two days of presentations and plenary discussion sessions followed by a third day of site visits organized by the City of Tampere. These visits offer participants an opportunity to see first-hand the interesting development underway in the region. 

The forum will focus on core themes, addressing them from the perspective of innovation capabilities:

  • Systemic solutions for renewable energy
  • Mobility as a service vs. automotive industry
  • Ageing as a catalyst for social innovations
  • Health as platform for urban development

The forum will also provide an international perspective on developing regional cooperation in innovation activity, offering perspectives from Finland, China, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Ireland.

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Forum Highlights

The Low-Carbon City Development World Forum was initiated by the World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities (WALCC). The Alliance is a non-profit, international association, aimed at improving the international development of low-carbon cities and facilitating communication and cooperation. The three main objectives of the WALCC are: to serve as a learning platform for members, initiate and orchestrate international research projects for low-carbon development, and be a globally active promoter of low-carbon initiatives. 

  • Catalyze business opportunities for international players in Finland and internationally
  • Provide an opportunity for exchanging ideas and networking with key people such as policy makers and business leaders
  • Reflections from world class experts on the conference topics
  • Network with renowned business figures, thought leaders, and decision makers
  • Visits to some of Tampere's leading low-carbon development related sites

Forum Agenda: Capabilities for Sustainable Urban Innovation

Venue: Valtatie 30, Tampere

October 7, 2015 


Opening address


  • Ms. Hannele Pokka, Permanent Secretary of the Finnish Ministry of the Environment

  • Ms. CHEN Wen, Political Counselor, Embassy of the PRC in Finland


Cities as business partners

  • Mr. Pauli Välimäki, Director, City of Tampere
  • Mr. Pekka Sundman, Director, City of Turku
  • Mr. Jonas Kamleh, Head of Unit, City of Malmö

Panel discussion




The Climate Change collaboration initiative between UC Berkeley and Tsinghua University

Professor KANG Feiyu, Dean, Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, Chairman, WALCC


Cities as innovation nurturers; learning from progressive cities

Dr. Johan Wallin, managing partner, Synocus Group, Vice-Chairman, WALCC




Quality, efficiency, and innovation: The case of Finnish Social and Health Sector;

Dr. Mikael Forss, Director, Kela, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland


Parallel sessions; mini-workshops

  • Health as platform for urban development, Chairperson: Professor Sven-Olof Isacsson, Lund University
  • Mobility as a service vs. automotive industry, Chairperson: Mr. Robert Galyen, CTO, CATL
15.30 - 16.00


16.00 - 16.30

People flow as innovation enabler

Ms. Hanna Uusitalo, Environmental director, KONE 

16:30 - 17:00

Aging and nursing home challenges in China

Dr. YANG Yansui, Professor, Tsinghua University


World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities; annual general meeting


Reception, hosted by the City of Tampere, Raatihuone


October 8, 2015 


Cities as orchestrators of innovation and dynamic value constellations

Dr. Mikael Paltschik, Associate Professor, Hanken School of Economics


Parallel sessions; mini-workshops

  • Ageing as a catalyst for social innovations, Chairperson: Professor Olli Kangas, The Social Insurance Agency (KELA)
  • Systemic solutions for renewable energy, Chairperson: Research Professor Jari Kaivooja, University of Turku

Health implications of environmental and social resources for preadolescents in China

Dr. LI Wanxin, Associate Professor, City University of Hong Kong




National – regional innovation collaboration

  • The Finnish perspective, Mr. Jari Konttinen, Director, The Confederation of Finnish Industries
  • The Chinese perspective, Professor KONG Ying, Director, Division of Social Science & Management, Tsinghua University
  • The Dutch perspective, Professor Marjolein Caniëls, Open University of the Netherlands

Panel discussion




Plenary discussion related to panel discussion


Concluding remarks

KANG Feiyu & Johan Wallin


October 9, 2015 


Visit to various sites organized by the City of Tampere

  • Fastems, leading provider of flexible manufacturing systems and robot cells to the metal cutting industries to automate the manufacturing and finishing processes
  • Mediapolis, an international campus that concentrates on content production and information & communications technology connected to the Tampere unit of the Finnish national broadcasting company YLE
  • FinnMedi, a company providing services related to business development and clinical research in the Life Sciences sector



Forum attendees in need of accommodation during the forum (October 6-9) are eligible for a discounted rate at the Original Sokos Hotel Ilves (Hatanpäänvaltatie 1, 33100 Tampere). A limited number of superior, single and double rooms are available at the rate of €160 / night (single) or €180 / night (double). This rate includes a complimentary breakfast and use of the hotel’s sauna facilities.

To gain this rate mention booking code WALCC when booking. All reservations must be made before September 15th.

Phone: 020 1234631 Website

Download a PDF copy ofthe latest agenda here.


The Low-Carbon City Development World Forum is the main platform for encouraging partnership and an ecosystem-approach in sustainable development. By bringing together leading experts from a variety of industries, localities, and backgrounds, all sharing a strong interest in driving the development of low-carbon cities, the Forum helps to realize the full potential of this vast international network of cities, companies and research institutes. As we face unprecedented opportunities and challenges in the coming year, we are pleased to invite your organization to participate in the Low-Carbon City Development World Forum.

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Reframing City Districts (ReCiDi)

A research project conducted by the Universities of Turku and Tampere which aims to form a new conceptual framework which will help shape the collective identity and common vision necessary to realize the future low-carbon and sustainability targets.

Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Innovation (SASUI)

An action learning and research project conducted by Aalto University and the University of Tampere which aimed to form a better understanding of the architectural requirements for successful innovation projects.