Meeting the sustainability challenge with innovative lighting

PLUS 1st Brussels Briefing

28th of September 2011

11:30 – 13.30 (incl. lunch)
Rue du Trône 62 / Troonstraat 62, 1050 Brussels
(Metro station: Trône / Troon)

Lighting technologies have undergone major evolutions in the last decade, offering cities new perspectives and possibilities for the development of their urban lighting strategies.

Within the framework of their first Brussels Briefing, PLUS project partners invite you to further discuss these issues in a conference with:

Elke den Ouden, Professor, Eindhoven University of Technology on “Creating value that lasts

Dorothea Seebode, Senior Director Sustainability, Philips Research on “Sustainable Innovation: Towards a new innovation paradigm

• Elected representatives from the cities of Leipzig and Sofia.

This event will be the opportunity to present the European overview on urban lighting practices produced by the PLUS project.
It will also offer a platform to discuss issues such as the EU 2020 objective of creating a “green economy”, the facilitation of innovation and the knowledge economy, the use of public spaces as test beds, and local policy development in the field of public lighting, amongst other topics.

See the full programme

Register here

Registration closes on the 20th of September 2011.


Keynote speeches

Creating value that lasts
Prof. dr. ir. Elke den Ouden
Today, innovations need to go beyond delivering commercial value to companies. Current societal challenges can only be sufficiently addressed when private, public, profit, non-profit, business and knowledge organisations work together to create meaningful innovations that deal with societal issues in ways that bring value to people, organisations and society. The presentation will give examples of projects and practical tools that can be used to create meaningful innovations and design the accompanying ecosystem that creates sustainable value for all stakeholders involved.

Sustainable Innovation: Towards a new innovation paradigm
Dr. rer. nat. Dorothea Seebode
In 2010, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development launched its Vision 2050 report, stating that by 2050 some 9 billion people will live well and within the limits of the planet. While this vision seems rather unrealistic, more and more companies, civil society organizations and communities are embracing sustainability and changing their innovation scope, frame and processes. The presentation will introduce the sustainability challenge and its related innovation opportunity as well as four strategies for “Sustainable Innovation”.



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