Call for external expertise

Cities around the world are undergoing significant transformations and are facing substantial challenges in the form of urban densification and extreme weather conditions, due to climate change and the ongoing urbanization. Nature-based solutions (NBS) present an approach to address urban challenges through working with nature, in order to achieve ecological and resilience objectives, while creating opportunities for social and economic innovation concurrently. 

UNaLab's three demonstration cities, Tampere, Eindhoven and Genova, will implement urban living labs demonstration areas in their cities. They will address identified urban climate- and water-related challenges by co-creating NBS with local stakeholders and end users, using an innovative systemic decision support tool. The project aims at using the feedback from the Urban Living Labs demonstration areas to create a widely applicable toolbox consisting of user-friendly handbooks, models and instruments to guide cities across Europe in developing and implementing their own co-creative NBS. 

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The UNaLab project sets out to provide a framework for future upscaling of the NBS in the demonstration cities, as well as replicate the solutions in seven replication cities. The replication cities Cannes, Prague, Buenos Aires, Başakşehir, Castellón, Hong Kong and Stavanger will therefore work in collaboration with the demonstration cities to develop individual NBS roadmaps in a co-creation approach. The city Guangzhou and the Network of Brazilian Intelligent Cities will serve as observers and actively learn from the European NBS approach, which will enable the creation of a global NBS marketplace.

In order to support the coordination of ENoLL activities in UNaLab the ENoLL Office launches the present Call for external expertise, whose terms and conditions are explained below.


ENoLL activities focus on WP2: Living Lab and co-creation: Models and tools. This WP goals:

- develop a common Living Lab framework, tools and approaches for UNaLab front-runner

cities that can be extended and implemented in follower cities and elsewhere

- with the objective of creating genuine European reference Living Lab environments

- The common Living Lab framework and tools will, through training, enable the cities involved to become ULLs to demonstrate NBS at the European level.

Throughout the WP2 different tools and methodologies are introduced through various tasks: EASW and Design Thinking workshops, Urban Living Lab framework & principles, Urban Living Lab methods & tools toolkit, and Urban Living Lab training. The main idea is relating to our task in question in this WP is about Urban Living Lab training. 

The Urban Living Lab training consists of a 1-day training “workshop” where the participants are taught how to set-up and run a sustainable Living Lab. This first open call is focusing on Living Lab methodologies and tools for the three front-runner cities: Tampere, Eindhoven and Genova. Therefore, applicants in this open call can apply to conduct the training locally at one, or more, of these cities. 

The aim of the training workshops at this initial phase in the project is to introduce effective co-creation and citizen engagement strategies as well as support in the process of trans-disciplinary, participatory, multi-stakeholder co-creation and co-implementation of NBS. The recipients of the trainings consist of the local ULL managers and other local key personnel in running the Living Lab activities.

The workshops would take place on the following days:

- Eindhoven (25 April)

- Tampere (15 May)

- Genova (16 or 17 April - tbc)


The one-day workshop in each city will be structured in the following way:

- Urban Living Lab framework (by UNALAB expert)

- Urban Living Lab vision (external expert with the help of ENoLL Office when needed)

- Panel management (external expert)

In total the external expert will facilitate a four to six-hour long workshop.



60 foreseen working hours. Retribution will be discussed with the selected profile based on her/his daily cost rate (to be provided, see below)



Effective members and Innovation Partners kindly apply by sending an e-mail to by 9 March 2018, 3pm CET.

Adherent members can apply from 9 March until 16 March. Final application closing date is 16 March 2018.  

Deadline: 22 March 2018

Your message should include:

♣ Updated CV

♣ Including languages spoken by the facilitator of the training

♣ A written expression of interest providing more information on the requirements below (1 Word page max)

♣ Your daily cost rate

♣ Indication of which training(s) you are applying for: Eindhoven, Genova or Tampere


IMPORTANT: Only ENoLL Effective Members and Innovation Partners (former Associated members) can apply. The call will be open to Adherent Members if there will be no interest from Effective Members and Innovation Partners. A facilitator can apply for more than one city. 



• Minimum five years of experience in participation and management of European projects of cooperative research and innovation and/or inter-regional and trans-national cooperation

• Strong focus and previous experience on as many of the following topics as possible: nature based solutions, green infrastructure/spaces, water management, climate change, smart cities, sustainable societies, Urban Living Labs

• Solid, on-the-field Living Lab experience

• Being an ENoLL active Effective Member or Innovation Partner (former Associated member)

• Ability to organise and run co-creative, interactive workshop training sessions for municipality stakeholders managing Urban Living Lab operations. Kindly provide relevant proof of your know-how.

• Good English language proficiency. For the workshop in Genova, the expert has to speak Italian.


Assessment will be run based on provided information and requirements listed above. Experts can apply to facilitate sessions in more than one city. All applicants will be notified by end of March 2018. Selected experts will also participate in a one-hour long podcast which will be included in the ENoLL learning lab.