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Abstract of the Speech entitled “Smart Cities Standards”

Our world is changing rapidly and we have to design and implement the new world by valorising all the available resources, knowledge, data, legacy systems with an anthropocentric & holistic approach. In this interconnected, interrelated, interdependent world we need to work smarter and efficiently to take advantage of the available tools such as digitalisation and standardisation among others, against the alarming global backdrop of climate change, energy crisis, cyber & hybrid threats, invasions and other geopolitical crises.
The 21st century will be urban for some 70% of humanity and digitalisation is the key to deal with the needs resulting of a supply chain related to 9~10 billion people to be feed, clothe, transport, employ, educate and entertain, as expected will be by 2050!
Both European and International Standardisation ecosystems issued an outstanding set of standards in order to support and enhance all the efforts of the relevant stakeholders.
In this presentation we will present the setting-standards organisations, the relevant Forums, Technical Committees, Working Groups and Standards. EU Policies will be highlighted too. Moreover, pertinent FP7 and H2020 R&I Projects will be presented briefly in order to bring into the light their valuable contributions to the topic and how important it is to build synergies, capacities and clusters. Last but not least, insights in terms of the way forward will be delivered as well.

Dr. Aikaterini POUSTOURLI is the Liaison Officer of the STRATEGY H2020 R&I Project to CEN CENELEC and ISO TCs and its Scientific Advisor on standardization issues. The Project is dealing with the European Crises Management Standardization challenges. She is a Scientific/Technical Officer of the International Hellenic University while contributes to a selected number of TCs and WGs of the national, European and International Standardisation in the domains of Civil Security for Society, Disaster-Resilient Society, Security Research & Innovation, Smart Cities, Resilient Infrastructures and CBRNe. Aikaterini has a PhD in Robust/Resilience Engineering (NTUA), a Postgraduate diploma in Design Thinking & Innovation Management (MIT) and an Integrated Master & Diploma degree in Industrial Engineering (TUC). She has served at the European Commission’s General Directorates of JRC (Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen/Technology Assessment Unit/ERNCIP) and HOME Affairs  (Innovation & Security Research) as Scientific/Technical Officer and Project/Policy Officer, respectively.