Sunday, November 30th

8.30 pm Ice-breaking dinner - flavours of the South of France
(Meeting in front of the CORUM at 8.00 p.m.)

An evening with a thoroughly Languedocian flavour will be held at the Domaine de Verchant, in the heart of a vineyard. Surrounded by hundred year-old oak and pine trees, the Domaine de Verchant was built on the site of a 14th century seigniorial residence, inspired by Montpellier's 17th century follies. The current château has been renovated in the traditional style without the use of cement or modern materials. On the evening's agenda is the chance to taste a number of Mediterranean culinary specialities whilst enjoying the rhythmic sounds of a banda du cru (a folk-style group from the south of France). Arriving for the Sunday night also means you're sure to be here for when the Conference kicks off the next day. That way, you won't miss anything.

Monday, December 1st

8.30 - 9.30 am Registration of the participants
9.30 - 10.10 am Plenary opening session
Metka CERNELC, Chair of the URBACT Monitoring Committee
Dirk AHNER, Director General, DG Regional Policy, European Commission
10.30 - 11.20 am
First series of thematic workshops

A1 - REDIS & RUnUp

How can different types of cities compete within the Knowledge Economy?
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A2 - Creative Clusters

Mobilising creativity and culture in small cities to generate employment opportunities for young people
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A3 - Co-Net & MILE

Building cohesion
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A4 - Net Topic

Transformations, Functions & New Identities in Peripheral Towns and Cities
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Good, Green, Safe, Affordable Housing. Cruise traffic as urban tourism generator and opportunity for urban-port heritage value Read more

A6 - LSG

Local Support Groups 'Live': everything you want to know about LSGs!
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11.20 - 11.45 am Coffee break
11.45 am
12.35 pm
Second series of thematic workshops

B1 - Urban N.O.S.E

Green and social economy; Building social and green economic systems in cities

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Tools and methods for entrepreneurship, pathways to partnership

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B3 - My Generation & Active A.G.E.

Generation X

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B4 - EGTC & Joining Forces

Governance of Cross-Border and Metropolitan Areas

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Innovative Metropolitan Planning and Land Use Management

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B6 - LSG

Local Support Groups 'Live': everything you want to know about LSGs!

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12.35 - 2.00 pm Lunch
2.00 - 2.30 pm Plenary session : "Transferring good practice to the mainstream - the approach of Regions for Economic Change"

Alexander FERSTL, DG Regional Policy, Directorate for Policy Development, European Commission.

2.45 - 3.35 pm
Third Series of thematic workshops


A fast track for traditional sectors and socially deprived urban areas
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C2 - WEED & OPENCities

Promoting the potential of ethnic minorities and women in cities
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C3 - Suite & Building Healthy Communities

Healthy cities and sustainable housing
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C4 - Reg Gov and City Regions Net

Beyond the city: New Forms of Co-operation in Integrated Regional Development
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This workshop
will not take place

C6 - HerO & REPAIR

Integrated, Sustainable Approaches to Cultural and Military Heritage in City Development
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C7 - LSG

Local Support Groups 'Live': everything you want to know about LSGs!
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3.35 - 4.00pm Coffee break
4.00 - 5.30 pm Roundtable "Intersecting perspectives from four continents on European urban issues"

The closing international roundtable of the conference will set URBACT projects and cities in the context of globalisation, organised around the themes of social innovation, youth, and civil society in city-building. Speakers include prominent thinkers, social innovators, and academics specializing in urban issues:

Rubem CESAR, Director of Viva Rio, an NGO in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Goeff CAPE, Founder and Executive Director of Evergreen, a National NGO in Toronto, Canada Shipra

Shipra NARANG-SURI, UN consultant, PhD researcher at University of York, United Kingdom

Jean-Pierre ELONG M'BASSI, Secretary General of United Cities and Local Government of Africa, Cameroon

The debate will be moderated by Graham MEADOWS, former Director General of the DG for Regional Policy of the European Commission, who is presently Special Adviser of the European Commissioner, Vladimir Spidla, and who has been leading a mission of European experts in the six major Chinese cities (July 2008 - ongoing).

5.30 pm Conclusions
Hervé MASUREL, Inter-ministerial Delegate for Urban Affairs, Managing Authority of the URBACT Programme
8.00 pm Dinner with Cities Forum participants

Tuesday, December 2nd

9.00 - 11.30 am
Guided thematic field visits
(Meeting in front of the CORUM at 9.00 a.m.)

V1 - 30 years of urban development in Montpellier (visit only in English)

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V2 - Marianne Port Project: Developing a New City Centre (visit only in French)

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V3 - Diversity and urban quality: development of new neighbourhoods in Montpellier (visit only in French)

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V4 - Challenges of urban renovation: the example of two Montpellier neighbourhoods (visit only in French)

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V5 - Environmental quality in recent architectural creations (visit only in English)

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V6 - Regenerating the historic centre: Grand Coeur operation (visit only in English)

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