Giving power to your city – the POWER Follower City Conference

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Giving power to your city – the POWER Follower City Conference

12 April 2019 all-day
Palazzo del Consiglio dei Dodici
Giving power to your city - the POWER Follower City Conference @ Palazzo del Consiglio dei Dodici

The conference welcomes to Tuscany the POWER Follower Cities and other interested municipalities with the desire that the event will provide them with a series of solutions to the engagement of their citizens in global environmental issues that will affect the future well-being of their communities.

The POWER project aims at demonstrating that the use of the POWER Digital Social Platform (DSP) could prove to be an essential element in an innovative approach to citizen engagement at local level. The DSP encourages the sharing of knowledge and experiences on climate change and water issues (scarcity, safety, quality, consumption) between citizens, public bodies, companies, and local authorities, both within Europe and the rest of the world. This creates an important tool to support the European policy of managing water resources, and strengthens and improves the governance of the environment and water networks.

In order to achieve the aforementioned goals, it is essential that the project’s initiatives are observed by, disseminated to, and ultimately replicated in a number of follower cities who have expressed their interest in the activities of the POWER consortium.

Conference participation is free of charge but requires registration.
Please fill the registration form at this link:

Programme of the Follower City Conference

09.30/10.00 Registration and coffee
10.00/10.15 Welcome | Michele Conti, The Mayor of Pisa
11.00/11.30 Coffee break
12.15/13.00 Introduction to the POWER FOLLOWER CITY NETWORK

13.00/14.00 Lunch

14.45/15.45 THE OBJECTIVES OF THE POWER FOLLOWER CITIES | Open discussion presided by Klaus Nutzenberger, Director of the German Federation of Towns and Cities

15.45/16.00 Coffee break

16.00/16.30 THE FORMAL DECLARATION OF THE POWER FOLLOWER CITIES | Bernd M. Gawlik of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

16.30/17.00 Conclusion | Professor Giuliano Manara of the University of Pisa | Professor Ljiljana Marjanovic-Halburd of the De Montfort University (UK) | Filippo Bedini, Counselor of the Mayor of Pisa

At the end of the conference all the participants are invited to the following activities:
17.15/19.00 Guided walking tour to the Piazza dei Miracoli with the world-famous Leaning Tower
19.00 Dinner at a typical Tuscan restaurant

Click here to see the leaflet for the Follower City Conference.


The Palazzo del Consiglio dei Dodici, where the Follower City Conference is held, is situated in Piazza dei Cavalieri (Knights’ square), the second main square of the city.
Below is a map of central Pisa and the Palazzo del Consiglio dei Dodici.

How to get to Pisa

By plane

The airport of Pisa, which is also the main airport of Tuscany, is the Galileo Galilei airport. The airport is situated close to the city centre and caters to both national and international destinations on a weekly basis, with many charter flights as well as Low Cost Carriers flying to and from Pisa.

While taxis are readily available at the airport and can take you to the city, you might want to walk if you are travelling light, as it takes just 20 minutes to reach the city centre – Pisa central railway station is less than 2 kilometres away. The airport terminal is directly connected to the Pisa central station by the People Mover shuttle (every 5-8 minutes from 6 AM to midnight), which is located just outside the passenger terminal.

The second closest airport is the Amerigo Vespucci Airport, in Florence. There are, however, no direct connections from Florence airport to Pisa. Thus you need to go to Florence main train station (Firenze Santa Maria Novella) and catch a train to Pisa. The journey for non-stop connections takes about 45 minutes.

Pisa Airport is also well connected to Rome’s Fiumicino Airport with three to four daily flights.

By train

Pisa is well-connected by a strong rail network to all the major cities in Italy and Europe. The city’s main station is called Pisa Centrale. While Florence has regular trains to Pisa and the journey takes about an hour, Rome-Genova is another frequent train route which stops at the city’s main station. You can get information about the train timetables on Trenitalia website.

By car

Pisa can be reached via major highways: E80/A12 connecting Genova with Rosignano (exit at Pisa Nord if coming from the North, or Pisa Centro if coming from the South), A11 Firenze-Pisa (exit at Pisa Nord) and Strada di Grande Comunicazione (SGC) Firenze-Pisa-Livorno (also known as FI-PI-LI) both connecting Pisa with Florence. The A11 and A12 highways have tolls. You can plan a route and check the highway status on the Autostrade per l’Italia website.

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