Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, eMOTIONAL Cities is a 48-month project that initiated on March 2021, with a total budget of nearly 5 million Euros, that is designed to fully characterise the intensity and complexity of urban health challenges and inequalities. As the world is becoming more urbanized and cities of the future need to be people-centred, robust evidence-based knowledge on the underlying biological and psychological processes, by which Urban Planning & Design influence brain circuits and human behaviour, will be critical for policy making on urban health. Emotions are key drivers of our decisions; similarly, our choices are the conduit for our well-being and health. The eMOTIONAL Cities project aims to provide robust scientific evidence on how the natural and built urban environment shapes the neural system underlying human cognitive and emotional processing, with a perspective that also incorporates age, gender and vulnerable groups’ specificities.
The consortium of eMOTIONAL Cities is led by the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning of the University of Lisbon (IGOT - http://www.igot.ulisboa.pt) and co-coordinated by Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa (FMUL - www.fm.ul.pt), and comprises of a total of 12 partners: Michigan State University (MSU - https://msu.edu/), The Chancellor Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge (CAMB - www.cam.ac.uk), CLIMATEFLUX (CLIMA - www.climateflux.com), Starlab Barcelona Sl (SLAB - www.starlab.es), NeuroGears Ltd (NGR - https://neurogears.org/), Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU - www.dtu.dk), Tallinna Tehnikaulikool (TT - www.ttu.ee), EarthPulse (EP - https://earthpulse.pt), Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI – www.spieurope.eu), and University of Tartu (UTARTU - https://www.ut.ee/en).
The eMOTIONAL Cities Launch Event will take place next Tuesday, 13th April 2021 at 10:30 - 12:00 (CEST). The Launch Event will be a public conference expected to bring together researchers, industry representatives, policy makers, representatives from the European Commission and other actors that are interested in the urban health and wellbeing topic. The Launch Event will start at 10h30 am (CEST) and the agenda will be as follows:
10:30 – 10:40 Registration
10:40 – 11:10 Welcome & Opening Remarks
11:10 – 11:30 European Commission Vision – Introduction to the Urban Health Cluster
11:30 – 11:50 eMOTIONAL Cities Presentation and Way Forward
11:50 – 12:00 Conclusions and closing remarks
- medical research
- Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning of the University of Lisbon
European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme