Ljubljana Forum

Ljubljana Forum is an annual gathering that combines knowledge and experience of city governance and defines key areas, visions and strategies of the future development of cities.

The aim of Ljubljana Forum is to promote opportunities for future development of cities and metropolitan areas of the South-East European region.

The objective of Ljubljana Forum is to offer a framework for cooperation, networking and learning among various stakeholders, namely political decision-makers, city administration, investors and banks, businesses, civil society, researchers, academics and students, who create future of cities through researching, developing and implementing the best practices of urban development.

Enabling prosperity of cities means creating synergies between Foresight and Urban & Territorial Planning, which was a driving force behind foundation of the Ljubljana Forum in 2011. Two founders of Ljubljana Forum, namely Mr. Blaž GOLOB, Director of the GFS - GoForeSight Institute, and Mr. Miran GAJŠEK, Chief Urban Planner of the City of Ljubljana, created this European & global wide platform of various stakeholders that are important for bringing about prosperity of our cities. Ljubljana Forum is an international gathering of city mayors and city leaders, The Millennium Project, Regional Cooperation Council, European Commission and European Parliament, European Investment Bank, government representatives, industry representatives, R&D and University representatives and civil society partners. From the very beginning, partners of Ljubljana Forum are creating the evolving model of the ''City of the Future''.

Mr. Blaž GOLOB & Mr. Miran GAJŠEK, founders of Ljubljana Forum
Mr. Blaž GOLOB & Mr. Miran GAJŠEK

Past Events

Ljubljana Forum 2014

Ljubljana Forum 2014 created a network of worldwide experts, joined cities of the region and, thus, enabled broad discussion on cities’ issues, future challenges, and development opportunities. Participants shared experience on applying various solutions to the cities’ challenges that can be similarly applied in many cities. The main aim was to learn and improve - that is what being smart means.

Five highlights of Ljubljana Forum 2014

  1. 1. Presentation of success factors for Ljubljana becoming Green Capital of
        Europe 2016
  2. 2. Opening of the Smart City Innovation Center for South East Europe by IBM
  3. 3. Presentation of the City of Bilbao: a good practise case of building a modern city
  4. 4. Presentation of Smart City Platform with technological solutions
  5. 5. Mayors - City Leaders presentations of cities’ good practice cases

Ljubljana Forum 2014

Ljubljana Forum 2013
conference on Managing Water & Transport in the Danube Region took place at Ljubljana castle 17th and 18th October, 2013.

Nearly 140 participants from 19 different countries had the opportunity to exchange their knowledge, experience and project ideas on water and transport management and to establish new ways of cooperation among themselves as also with potential investors.

56 speakers from European Union, European investment bank, governments, municipalities, private businesses, NGOs, institutes, consultant companies, universities, presented their views, experiences, projects and future visions of urban development in the field of water and transport management in Europe.

The Chairman of Ljubljana Forum, Mr Blaž Golob stressed the importance of building such cooperation among various stakeholders in order to create future development models for the cities to enable them to pursue the goals of Europe 2020.

Ljubljana Forum 2013 offered valuable examples of addressing cities’ challenges in the areas of water and transport management. Mayors and city representatives of the Danube region presented key issues in the field of urban water and transport management, highlighted major urban projects and present future visions and strategies of water and transport management in their cities. Participants also learnt about financial instruments and opportunities and about available industry solutions for future development of cities. IBM as a partner of Ljubljana Forum 2013 presented conclusions of their recent study: Management of traffic in Ljubljana Urban Region. There was also Sava Commission session on Friday, where 24 projects in the Danube Region were presented.

For the first time, there was Ljubljana Forum Award granted to the most innovative and effective practice of sustainable urban development. This year Ljubljana Forum Award was granted to ADA Bridge in Belgrade.

Ljubljana Forum 2013

Ljubljana Forum 2012
Foresight conference on Energy Efficiency & being Always On-Line, gathered 160 participants from 29 different countries and many online viewers from all around the world to learn, to exchange and discuss their views and experiences on European sustainability challenges, existing energy efficiency industry solutions and new business models and future possibilities for making our cities even smarter and even more energy efficient. Following the conferences’ conclusions, the Future of Cities Model has been designed.

Ljubljana Forum 2012

Ljubljana Forum 2011

Conference on Future of Cities was creative and impressive vision building event, where various stakeholders discussed global challenges, European identity of cities and smart industry solutions for future of cities.

Ljubljana Forum 2011