TROPICO Online Series 2020


In the coming weeks, TROPICO is organising digital Online Series 2020 - Collaborating for Digital Transformation - Achievements, Challenges and Future Solutions. On behalf of the TROPICO team, I would like to invite you to join us at this event.

During the Online Series we will discuss i.a. the potential of collaborative governance in providing high quality ICT-enabled public services, responding to the challenges that governments face in their efforts towards becoming more open and innovative. All sessions will gather practitioners and academics from across Europe, providing an arena for sharing experiences and generating broader insights on collaboration and digitalisation.

If you would like to participate in the event, please register here<> (you will then receive links to the chosen sessions of the Online Series in a reminder email).

The event consists of three free digital sessions using Microsoft Teams - you can find some more details about each session below and on our website

Session 1 - Wednesday, 25th of November 2020 (14:30-16:15, UTC+1) Collaborating for Digital Transformation during the COVID-19 pandemic The first session will look into challenges and opportunities of tackling the current COVID-19 pandemic, with a special focus on how collaboration between different actors can stimulate the development of new digital tools and services (to monitor and control).

Speakers include Professor Eva Sørensen (Roskilde School of Governance), Katrin Reinhold (Health and Welfare Information Systems Centre, Estonia) and Holke Brammer (ProjectTogether, Germany)

Session 2 - Wednesday, 2nd of December 2020 (14:30-16:45, UTC+1) Digital Transformation: The Challenge of Better Collaboration within Government The second session will focus on the digital transformation in governments, and will explore how to successfully organise and manage collaboration between government agencies and specifically connected to the development of Smart Cities .

Speakers include Professor Jane Fountain (Distinguished professor of political science and public policy and founder and director of the National Center for Digital Government, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA), Professor Gerhard Hammerschmid (Hertie School, Germany) and a panel with practitioners from leading European Smart Cities.

Session 3 - Wednesday, 9th of December 2020 (14:30-17:00, UTC+1) Public-private collaboration for ICT-enabled service innovation The final session is on the effects of public-private collaboration for the development of new, ICT-enabled services (with a focus on eHealth services), and will explain how the joint creation of such services by different actors (like private sector firms, non-profit organisations and citizens) affects their innovativeness.

Speakers include Vincent Dupont (Federal Public Service Health, Belgium), Professor Koen Verhoest (University of Antwerp, Belgium) as well as a panel with participants from across Europe.

We hope that the topics raised will relate to your interests and we would be very happy to see you among the participants at the TROPICO Online Series!