The SUNRISE project started in May 2017, which makes it sensible – one and a half years into the project – to take stock, to reflect and to plan in detail for the next phase and – ultimately – for the time until the end of SUNRISE in April 2021.For this purpose, all project partners met on January 15 and 16 in Southend on Sea, UK, one of the six “action cities” of the project. The representatives of these cities plus the “technical support partners” amounted to a total of almost 30 people. They were joined at certain parts of the consortium meeting by members of Southend’s so called Core Group, that is citizens and stakeholders from the local community, who are actively involved in Southend’s “Neighbourhood Mobility Lab”. Similar groups were formed in all six neighbourhoods and have since been working with the local SUNRISE team to co-identify pressing problems and to co-develop ideas for concrete measures, which are now at the start of being co-implemented on the ground. On January 17, the SUNRISE consortium was joined by over 10 representatives of “Take-Up Cities”. This is a group of cities and organisations that are keen to learn directly from the SUNRISE experience. A series of webinars, an online discussion forum and an eCourse will be organised over the coming months. And another face-to-face meeting with them is scheduled in conjunction with the next consortium meeting.
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