To embark on our mission and create replicable solutions we are focused on five Flagship Areas which are key determinants of societal well-being and sustainability.
The Flagship Areas were identified and selected together with all ENLIGHT cities and communities, who play an important role in our activities as associated partners. They will form the test-beds for developing our learning and research pilots around actual real-life challenges.
The Flasghsip Areas relate to at least 10 of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a particular focus on sustainable cities and communities (SDG11), contributing through quality education (SDG4), local and global partnerships (SDG17), good health and well-being (SDG3), affordable and clean energy (SDG7), responsible consumption and production (SDG12), climate action (SDG13), and reduced inequalities (SDG10).
Challenge 1 Health and well-being
KEY THEMES: Urban Health with a special focus on (i) the impact of aging populations, especially on brain and mental health, (ii) the impact of environmental exposures and inequalities in healthcare access, and (iii) opportunities for future cities through precision medicine and digital public health.
Challenge 2 Digital revolution and impact of digitization
KEY THEMES: AI for Good in our cities and communities, with a special focus on digital simulation to support decision-making, AI and health, AI and sustainable society.
Challenge 3 Climate change
KEY THEMES: Climate change and urban development with a special focus on: (i) impact of climate change on land use, socio-ecosystems, relation between cities and surrounding rural areas, (ii) mitigation through improved environmental impact assessment, intersectoral initiatives for climate neutrality.
Challenge 4 Energy use and circular economy
KEY THEMES: Energy conversion and transition with a special focus on multidisciplinary approaches to (i) energy transition, (ii) circularity, and (iii) raw material value chain.
KEY THEMES: Addressing polarization in our cities and communities, with a special focus on (i) urban development and marginalization, (ii) access and equity in future cities for long-term sustainability, (iii) sustainable heritage and polarization.