High-level co-creation lab on digitally-enabled approaches to sustainability, inclusion and aesthetics

The workshop, hosted by CERN IdeaSquare, comprises inspirational talks and proceeds to “think and do tanks” on topics that include the new NEB Academy for a sustainable built environment, multidisciplinary Smart Communities, and digitally-enabled beyond-human ecosystems. The event also involves the CERN Green Village, a newly launched project where they offer integrated spaces for living and working and easy access that prioritises soft mobility. 

The workshop is curated by Michela Magas, a member of the NEB High-Level Round Table in partnership with the digiNEB.eu project aims to join the NEB community by enabling technology projects. The event runs for 2.5 days starting on the afternoon of Monday 27th February.

Due to space limitations, the event is by invitation only.

CERN IdeaSquare - Speakers

Mar Capeáns Garrido, CERN Green Village

Mar Capeáns Garrido is a particle physicist and senior staff member at CERN. She holds a Doctor in Physics, specialised in particle detectors R&D and construction for accelerators and an MBA in Management of Technology.


Markus Nordberg, CERN IdeaSquare

Dr. Markus Nordberg is the Head of Resources Development of the Development and Innovation Unit (IPT-DI) at CERN, Switzerland. In addition to coordinating multi-disciplinary innovation projects at IdeaSquare at CERN, he also coordinates the EU-funded sensor and imaging R&D&I initiative called ATTRACT aiming at both scientific and societal impact of disruptive co-innovation.

Prior to this function, he served 12 years as the Resources Coordinator of the ATLAS project at CERN. He has also served as Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Centrum voor Bedrijfseconomie, Faculty ESP-Solvay Business School, University of Brussels, and as a member of the Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society and the Association of Finnish Parliament Members and Scientists, TUTKAS. He has a degree both in Physics and in Business Administration.


Ruth Reichstein, New European Bauhaus, European Commission

Ruth Reichstein was born in Munich, studied in Germany, France and Belgium, and worked in Canada, Guatemala and bit everywhere in Europe as journalist. She is now working at the heart of the European project - in the European Parliament. As a trained journalist and moderator, she has been working in Brussels for ten years, before joining the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament in 2013. As Head of Communciation and Strategy, she is shaping the EC communication strategy.


Franklin van der Hoeven, Director of Research of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at TU Delft and Administrative Coordinator of digiNEB.eu

Dr.ir. Frank van der Hoeven is Director of Research of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and programme manager Open Science at TU Delft.  He is responsible for the development of the research portfolio of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at TU Delft, the policy on open access publishing, and for the position of built environment in the Dutch creative industry. He conducted his PhD research in the field of underground space technology and multifunctional and intensive land-use. Topics that he is involved in are: urban underground space, multi-functional land use, sustainable mobility, high-rise urban development, greenhouse horticulture, climate change, urban heat islands, remote sensing, heritage. Board member of the Royal Netherlands Archaeological Society KNOB and the Dutch Tall Building Council.


Silvana Muscella, CEO Trust-IT and Technical Manager of digiNEB.eu

CEO & founder of Trust-IT Services, SME providing international marketing & research specialised in fostering ICT solutions globally & across Europe & CEO & co-founder of COMMpla. A SW, dynamic boutique SME. I love that we have created a balanced mix of Tech and Commercial implementation and Research and Innovation in our organisation. I dedicate my time to focusing on high-level strategies and guidance around digital communications, innovation and impact methodologies - always maintaining a user-centric approach. I enjoy working within all challenging fields, particularly Open Science, Digital Infrastructures, and ICT Standards. Having grown up in the UK and being of Italian heritage, I chose to follow my roots and I am proud to be able to weave these cultures together within a Tuscan setting at Trust-IT.

Michela Magas, NEB@CERN curator, New European Bauhaus High Level Round Table and Advisory Board CERN ISAB-g

Michela Magas bridges the worlds of science and art, design and technology, and academic research and industry, with a track record of over 25 years of innovation. She is innovation advisor to the European Commission and the G7 leaders, creator of the Industry Commons and Member of President von der Leyen’s High Level Round Table for the New European Bauhaus. She sits on the Advisory Board of CERN IdeaSquare – the CERN space for frontier innovation (ISAB-G).

In 2017 she was awarded European Woman Innovator of the Year and in 2016 she was presented with an Innovation Luminary Award for Creative Innovation. In 2019 the Leonardo Journal, by the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology published by MIT Press, recognised her as an Outstanding Peer Reviewer.

She is Chair of the Industry Commons Foundation with a Steering Board of thought leaders in Open Innovation, which is building a legacy for cross-domain collaboration and data interoperability. She is Innovation and Sustainability Manager of OntoCommons which creates an ontology ecosystem for industrial interoperability based on data documentation for Industry Commons.

She is the founder of MTF Labs, a global community platform of over 7500 creative innovators and scientific researchers. The platform provides a test case for innovation in areas as diverse as neuroscience, forestry and microcomputing, and has been hosted worldwide by partners including Microsoft Research New England, Centre Pompidou in Paris and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican in London.

Ruth Schagemann, President, Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE)

Ruth Schagemann is an architect who studied architecture at the University of Braunschweig and at the University of Stuttgart in Germany. In 2006 she founded the Architect’s office VICEVERSA Architektur + Medien together with her husband. She was elected member of the executive board of the Architects` Council of Europe (ACE) from 2016 until 2021, Coordinator of the European Network of Architects` Competent Authorities (ENACA), member of the Coordination Group Europe of the Federal Chamber of German Architects and is head of department of national and international professional policy at the Chamber of Baden-Württemberg. Since 1. January 2022 she is the President of Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) 

Diploma in architecture, University of Stuttgart, 2004 and Membership in the Chamber of Architects of Baden-Württemberg, since 2008. 

Matti Kuittinen, Senior Ministerial Advisor at the Ministry of the Environment of Finland

Dr. Matti Kuittinen is professor of resource-efficient construction at Aalto University´s Department of Architecture. His scientific work focuses on climate change mitigation by bringing together architecture, engineering and ecology.

Dr. Kuittinen is also a Senior Specialist at the Finnish Ministry of the Environment where he develops policies for low carbon construction and the circular economy.

As an architect, he designs carbon-efficient buildings and humanitarian construction.

Helena Bjarnegård, Swedish National Architect, Swedish National Board for Housing, Building and Planning

Helena Bjarnegård is Sweden's national architect. She is leading the work within the field of architecture nationally, providing a structure that supports those planning and building in Sweden to create well-designed towns and cities. The responsibility of the national architect is to embody the vision of the Swedish government to create more sustainable, equal cities, now and in the future.

The national architect is also the chair of the Council for Sustainable Cities, a group that brings together the directors of a unique mix of government authorities whose work is affected by questions of design and environmental sustainability.

Oya Atalay Franck, President, European Association of Architectural Education

Prof. Dr. Oya Atalay Franck is an architect, architectural historian and academician. She is Professor of Architecture and the Dean and managing director of the School of Architecture, Design and Civil Engineering at ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Winterthur, Switzerland. Her teaching covers the theory and history of architecture as well as design studio. She has taught architecture and construction, urban design and architecture theory at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy NY, at Bilkent University Ankara, and at ETH Zurich. Her current research areas are a. o. design research methods (research by design), design doctorates, artistic research, interface education/research/practice, as well as higher education politics. Her recent publications address research methodologies and design doctorate programmes. She acts as an expert in various scientific bodies, a.o. the Swiss National Foundation of Research (SNF), the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) as well as in peer review committees and in quality audits.

Mia Roth-Čerina, Council Member of the European Association for Architectural Education and Vice-Dean for International Relations, Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb

Mia Roth-Čerina is a Croatian architect and associate professor at the Department of Architectural Design at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb, where she attained her diploma in 2000 (presenting the school at Archiprix 2001 in Rotterdam) and doctoral degree in 2015.

Her primary interests in both professional, teaching and research practices are educational buildings, spaces for achieving social standards, public space and architectural education. She is engaged in activities directed at raising spatial culture and initiatives aimed at promoting various levels of architectural education – from early built environment education to exploring new modalities in higher architectural education. As a teacher, she has led studios at first and third bachelor year of studies, master level studios, and mentored over 40 diploma theses some of which have been published and selected for international reviews. She has mentored extracurricular student workshops which have been covered in media, catalogues and architectural magazines.

José Pedro Sousa, Member of the New European Bauhaus High Level Round Table and Associate Professor at Faculty of Architecture (FAUP), University Of Porto

José Pedro Sousa is an Architect graduated by FAUP (Porto) and a PhD in Architecture by IST-UTL (Lisbon). During his doctoral studies, he was a special student at MIT (Cambridge, MA) and a Visiting Scholar at UPenn (Philadelphia, PA).

Since 2009, he has been Professor at FAUP teaching courses related to geometry and digital technologies. At FAUP, he founded and directs DFL, which is a research group from CEAU-FAUP dedicated to exploring the impact of technologies such as computational design, digital fabrication, additive manufacturing, robotics or XR technologies, on the thinking and practice of architectural design. Among other research achievements, he was the PI of a FCT Research project on robotic technologies in architecture and of several collaborations with large industrial companies such as Amorim and Mota Engil. Before FAUP, he was Professor of FCTUC (Coimbra), ESARQ-UIC (Barcelona) and IAAC (Barcelona).

Markus Reymann, Bauhaus of the Seas and Director, TBA21 Academy, Ocean Space Venice

Markus Reymann is Director of TBA21–Academy, a non-profit cultural organization he co-founded in 2011 that fosters interdisciplinary dialogue and exchange surrounding the most urgent ecological, social, and economic issues facing our oceans today. Reymann leads the Academy’s engagement with artists, activists, scientists, and policy-makers worldwide, resulting in the creation of new commissions, new bodies of knowledge, and new policies advancing the conservation and protection of the oceans. In March 2019, TBA21–Academy launched Ocean Space, a new global port for ocean literacy, research, and advocacy. Located in the restored Church of San Lorenzo in Venice, Italy, Ocean Space is activated by the itinerant Academy and its network of partners, including universities, NGOs, museums, government agencies, and research institutes from around the world.

Reymann also serves as Chair of Alligator Head Foundation, the scientific partner of TBA21–Academy. Alligator Head Foundation established and maintains the East Portland Fish Sanctuary, and oversees a marine wet laboratory in Jamaica.

Nicole Arthur Cabrera, Bauhaus of the Seas and TBA21 Academy, Ocean Space Venice

Brittney Nicole Arthur Cabrera is co-Founder of Fluke Stockholm.

Dirk Ahlers, NEB-STAR and Senior Researcher and Project Manager +CityxChange at Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Dr. Dirk Ahlers is a senior researcher and research manager with the NTNU Smart Sustainable Cities group of the Department of Architecture and Planning. He is the project manager of the +CityxChange European Lighthouse project and an individual contributor. There he helps to build Positive Energy Districts with 33 partners. These are a way for cities to jumpstart a hyperlocal European Energy Transition by integrating local renewables into the city, including energy, mobility, stakeholder and citizen engagement, organisational transitions, regulations, and ICT.

He is also the project manager and individual contributor for CrAFt – Creating Actionable Futures, NEB-STAR – New European Bauhaus Stavanger, and Re-Value – Integrated urban planning for climate neutrality.

He is working with cities and stakeholders towards urban digitalisation, urban transitions and climate action, the EU New European Bauhaus and the EU Cities Mission, the SCC1 Lighthouse Group, the EU Smart City Marketplace, as well as the NTNU NEB Forum.

He has a background and PhD in computer science and geospatial analysis and now applies it in the smart city context to bridge different disciplines and contributions towards climate action.

Heather Bergsland, NEB-STAR and Project Leader, New European Bauhaus Stavanger

Heather Bergsland is the Project Leader of the New European Bauhaus Stavanger Lighthouse project.

Amanda Brandellero, CULTUURCAMPUS and Associate Professor, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Amanda Brandellero is Associate professor at the Department of Arts and Culture Studies of the University of Rotterdam.

Martin Luce, NEBourhoods and Director, TUM School of Engineering and Design, Technical University of Munich

Director at TUM School of Engineering and Design - responsible for Infrastructure & Communications and development of Departments Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mobility Systems Engineering: Martin studied architecture in Hamburg, Vienna and Shanghai while being a scholar in the Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft (sdw). Prior to that, he was trained in Technical Business Administration and studied socio-economics at Hamburg University of Economics and Politics. Until 2007, Martin worked in Berlin as an editor of ARCH+, a leading magazine in the field of architecture. Afterwards, he acted as a chief project manager for DETAIL research. Extraordinary member of Association of German Architects. He investigates into the questions of Architecture Leadership and Organization Design

Aase Højlund Nielsen, DESIRE and Project Manager, BLOXHUB

Aase Højlund Nielsen over the last 15 years has focused her career as:
- Consultant working with EU-relations, EU-funding and policy issues in the fields of design, creative industries, tourism, education and culture
- Researcher on aspects of Danish educational history
- Speaker at the European Commission, presenting the institution, its background, role and functionality
- Fundraiser and head of development at a cluster organisation working with design methods in creating growth and development in enterprises in Denmark
- Strategic Fundraiser and Head of Office at Danish Design Centre's office in Kolding, identifying funding opportunities, supporting colleagues in fundraising, and managing our relationship with external stakeholders related to the design environment in Kolding. 

Carlo Battisti, Eyes Hearts Hands and President, Living Future Europe

Carlo Battisti holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the Politecnico of Milan, about twenty years of experience in construction companies, with different roles: technical department, sales manager, project management and technical director. Working for construction companies I have understood the importance of project management.

Jan Åman, Author Duved and Norrlands Model

Jan Åman is an entrepreneur, curator, writer and activist specialising in the intersection between cities, buildings, food, art and societal development. His extensive teaching and lecturing is based on bringing innovation needs into practical results IRL, then forming models to be implemented and scaled. His interest in societal and democratic processes is combined with a rather unique network within art, architecture, design and food, using top talent to deliver on citizen’s ideas and needs.

Florence Kuijl, Communication Manager, InnovaWood

Florence Kuijl is a Communication Manager at InnovaWood, an umbrella organisation that integrates four European networks in the Forest, Wood-based and Furniture industries into a more effective mechanism to support innovation in these sectors. InnovaWood has 60+ member organisations in 28 European countries, including Research and Technology organisations (RTO), higher education and VET institutions which are all related to the forest-based sector.

Anna Sandak, leader in Wood Modification at the InnoRenew CoE and Associate Professor at University of Primorska

Anna Sandak is the research group leader in Wood Modification at the InnoRenew CoE.

She is associate professor and research associate at the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Science and Information Technology at University of Primorska. She was previously employed at Trees and Timber Institute of Italian National Research Council, where she coordinated the Laboratory of Surface Characterization.

Jurgen de Jonghe, CERN

Jurgen de Jonghe is project and line manager at CERN.

Sandra Vengadasalam, Co-founder Bloxberg and Deputy Manager, Max Planck Digital Library

Sandra Vengadasalam leads the department Digital Labs of the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) in Munich, which serves a community of 14,000 scientists across 84 Max Planck Institutes worldwide. The mission of Digital Labs is to ensure a constant pipeline of new technologies to provide innovative and sustainable services for all Max Planck researchers. Blockchain technology and specifically innovative services for academia based on blockchain technology, is a passion for Sandra and her team. Furthermore, Sandra is one of the founders of the Max Planck Open Access Ambassadors initiative.

René Ranger, Project Owner, Digital Labs, Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL)

René Ranger is an experienced global Information Technology Project Manager with a demonstrated history of contributing to turn locally used stratgic applications into global assets. Currently leading a diverse team of experienced professional in the area of Supply Chain & Trade Finance with the responsibility over several smaller and global, strategic applications, mostly vendor made. Since 2015 blockchain enthusiast, contributing to UniCredit's efforts within the field, while trying to stay up to date.

Tom Minderhoud, Architect and Associate Director, UN Studio

Tom is an Associate Director and Senior Architect at UNStudio with a distinguished track record and long-standing involvement in a range of key UNStudio projects. He currently contributes as Project Director to major projects (>USD 500 M Building Costs) from early inception to completion. Recently he has been involved in the following projects of note, currently either built or under construction:

- Middle East - Undisclosed Major International Airport Project
- Middle East- Undisclosed 5* Hotel / Wellness Project

- Digi NEB Advisory Board
- AEGIR - European Horizon Research Project / Energy+ Retro-Fitting
- Basajaun - European Horizon Research Project / Building in Wood

- FOUR Frankfurt - High Rise (Office Towers - Scheduled for Completion in 2023)
- Qatar Integrated Rail Project - Stations / Mobility (Completed 2019)
- Raffles City Hangzhou - Mixed Use High Rise (Completed 2018)
- Galleria Centercity - Retail (Completed 2012)

He has extensive knowledge in the following fields:
- Mixed-Use Architecture (Offices / Hospitality / Retail)
- Mobility Developments
- Architectural Branding Strategies

He has lectured on Architectural Themes at a number of conferences including the Egurtek Conference (2022), GlassTec Conference (2016), Advanced Building Skins Conference (2015) and PVSEC Conference (2014).

He has been previously involved in the following European Research:
- FP7 / Horizon 2020, European Research (Technology in the Built Environment / Building Integrated Photo-Voltaics / Wood Based Building Strategies)

Andreas Rudenå, CEO, Paramountric, senior researcher BASAJAUN

Andreas Rudenå Conducts applied research on decentralised systems for the future data economy. Work on how to track intellectual property in data products and collaborate with leading companies, researchers and institutes on digital twin interoperability issues. Exploring the full potential of data spaces in the manufacturing industry and how to create trustworthy collaboration between actors in value supply chains with data sovereignty in mind.

Anke Schluensen-Rico, The HuT Project and Scientific Coordinator, Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS)

Anke Schlünsen-Rico (M.A.) joined GERICS at the end of 2019. She supported the Helmholtz Institute for Climate Service Science (HICSS ) and WCRP’s Coordination Office for Regional Activities (CORA) as a foreign language assistant. Since the beginning of 2022, she has been responsible for the new GERICS project "Climate Service and Art".

She has a Master’s degree in Romance Studies and always aimed to combine art and language in order to convey socially relevant topics in a holistically sustainable way.

For the last few years, she has been working as a freelance cultural manager. On behalf of GIZ, she curated "Satellites and Aliens. Exploding Cities", photography on desolate urban issues, at UN Habitat III in Quito. In the course of the parliamentary vote on the Protein Report 2018, she realized "amazon-connection", an exhibition on the deforestation of the rainforest, in the European Parliament in Brussels. For Greenpeace Central and Eastern Europe and in cooperation with the IPAM (Amazon Environmental Research Institute) and Misereor she went with "Street Art from the Amazon" to the COP24.

She also draws on ten years of professional experience in advertising agencies such as Jung von Matt AG and Berendsohn AG.

Angel Navarro, MAtchUP and Mobility Program Officer, Las Naves

Project manager and consultant with broad experience in public and private enterprises in several aspects from project management to Mobility, Business Intelligence, Information Society, Innovative European Projects. Interested in Innovation and solutions for Public and Private sectors.

Specialties: mobility, Project management, innovation, information society, European projects, public-private partnership, wireless, digital gap, eAdministration, web planning, data warehousing, SAP, business intelligence

Natalie Samovich, CoFounder ResilientGroup / Chair WG Energy AIOTI

Natalie Samovich manages innovation and digitalisation projects in the energy domain, developing spin-off ventures, expansion programs and projects for demonstration at the Solar Platform and Solar Lab facilities. I contribute my expertise as Chair of WG1 on Grids at ETIP-SNET, as SB board member and Chair of WG Energy at AIOTI.eu. Speaker, policy contributor, mentor and entrepreneur.

Her goal is to facilitate the introduction of distributed renewable energy systems and solutions to reach decarbonisation and sustainable development goals. Collaborations development, new business models creation and an overall system innovation are essential components of our approach.

Her research interests are within renewable energy systems digitalisation, Internet of Things impact on energy systems and the related interoperability issues. Sector integration, new business models of energy services, the distributed energy production are at the core of innovation and commercialisation at the ventures I am working on.

Gert de Tant, CEO - Sirus NV / CTO The Maximal Impact Foundation

Gert de Tant  is a seasoned Enterprise Architect with a strong focus on complex ecosystems like smart cities. I help design the architecture of different smart cities like Antwerp and Ghent.

His expertise are creating IT roadmaps, tacking complex integration problems and creating solutions that help companies innovate.

Dan Hill, Director, Melbourne School of Design and Professor in Built Environment, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne

Professor Dan Hill is a designer, urbanist, educator and experienced leader at the intersection of design, technology and cities. Dan held the position of Director of Strategic Design for the Swedish Government’s innovation and research agency, Vinnova from 2019 to 2022.

His previous leadership positions have produced innovative, influential teams and projects, ranging across built environment and architecture (two stints at Arup, Future Cities Catapult), education and research (Fabrica, AHO, UCL), government and social innovation (SITRA, Vinnova), and media (BBC, Domus, Monocle). He was one of the Mayor of London’s inaugural Design Advocates, and a Trustee of Participatory City Foundation, and is a founding member of the UN HABITAT Council for Urban Initiatives. Dan’s projects take a holistic approach to multidisciplinary research and design combined with an acute reading of everyday technologies and social infrastructures.

Jan Bunge, Director, Squint/Opera and contributor New European Bauhaus High Level Round Table

Jan develops strategic relationships for Squint/Opera. An expert at identifying trends in technology that will shape the future of the built environment,Jan has nurtured valuable client relationships within this space since joining Squint in 2012. Before joining, Jan worked in urban design and is passionate about finding solutions for the decarbonisation of the planet.

Tuuli Utriainen, Fellow, CERN IdeaSquare

Tuuli Utriainen is keen to deeply understand the human experience. She's worked in the borderline of various fields and facilitated over 60 global teams engaged in human-centered product development. Tuuli is currently working at CERN, where together with her team she's established the IdeaSquare unit. Its purpose is to connect the technological know-how and radical thinking of CERN to solve some of the human kind’s biggest issues.

Markus Reymann, Bauhaus of the Seas and Director, TBA21 Academy, Ocean Space Venice
reymann photo

Markus Reymann is Director of TBA21–Academy, a non-profit cultural organization he co-founded in 2011 that fosters interdisciplinary dialogue and exchange surrounding the most urgent ecological, social, and economic issues facing our oceans today. Reymann leads the Academy’s engagement with artists, activists, scientists, and policy-makers worldwide, resulting in the creation of new commissions, new bodies of knowledge, and new policies advancing the conservation and protection of the oceans. In March 2019, TBA21–Academy launched Ocean Space, a new global port for ocean literacy, research, and advocacy. Located in the restored Church of San Lorenzo in Venice, Italy, Ocean Space is activated by the itinerant Academy and its network of partners, including universities, NGOs, museums, government agencies, and research institutes from around the world.

Reymann also serves as Chair of Alligator Head Foundation, the scientific partner of TBA21–Academy. Alligator Head Foundation established and maintains the East Portland Fish Sanctuary, and oversees a marine wet laboratory in Jamaica.

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