EU is as strong as its cities and neighbourhoods!


Helsinki Impact Conference calls together European leaders, experts and academia on cohesive urban policy and urban planning, to share insights on how cities act as global change-makers. Conference takes place at Helsinki Musiikkitalo, Music Centre on 9–10 October 2019. 

The Helsinki Impact Conference is organised by the City of Helsinki as part of the City’s official programme to celebrate Finland’s EU presidency and the city-driven future of the European community. The conference is co-hosted with Eurocities, Metrex, Urban Academy and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland.

Cities are the glue that holds the European community together. Globally and locally meaningful solutions to rapid growth, immigration, growing segregation and climate change are created within our cities.  In order to reach the goals set by UN Sustainable Development Guidelines and the EU Urban Agenda we need a shared long-term vision combined with actions that can be implemented already today. The Helsinki Impact Conference gives an extensive insight into the state of European cities as a network of urban change-makers and calls for cities to take leadership in creating a cohesive future for urban Europe and aims to bridge the gap between urban policy and practical urban planning.

We warmly welcome you to join Helsinki Impact Conference 2019 and hope to have the honour of meeting you there.

To gain your personal invitation, please contact the HIC-team at .

Deputy Mayor for Urban Environment Anni Sinnemäki and Mayor of Helsinki Jan Vapaavuori

Anni Sinnemäki and Jan Vapaavuori

Our Partners are EUROCITIES, Metrex ja Urban Academy

Helsinki Impact Conference 2019 is organised by the HIC team in collaboration with EUROCITIES and Urban Academy. The city of Helsinki is hosting the conference as part of the City’s official programme to celebrate Finland’s EU presidency and the city-driven future of the European community.

EUROCITIES is the network of major European cities with over 140 members across 39 countries, representing more than 130 million people. It facilitates learning experiences between cities and represents their interests towards the European Union. EUROCITIES is committed to working towards a common vision of a democratic, sustainable future in which all citizens can enjoy a good quality of life.

METREX provides a platform for the exchange of knowledge, expertise and experience on metropolitan affairs, and joint action on issues of common interest. The network of European Metropolitan Regions and Areas has members from some 50 metropolitan regions and areas and partners n many others. METREX contributes the metropolitan dimension to policies, programmes and projects on a European scale. The Network is a partner of European institutions, the research community, governmental organisations and other networks.

Urban Academy 

Urban Academy (Kaupunkiakatemia) is a platform and network that brings together multidisciplinary research, teaching and societal impact in the field of urban studies. It is a partnership of five organizations: University of Helsinki, Aalto University, City of Helsinki, City of Espoo and City of Vantaa.

The Urban Academy vision is to create better and more sustainable cities through collaboration. The method is co-creation, which enables the demolishing of boundaries between traditional academic disciplines and also between government organizations. Urban Academy brings together researchers and students, policymakers, urban planners, officials and residents to learn from each other through concrete case studies and problem solving.

Helsinki Impact Conference 2019 in social media

Share your thoughts about global challenges that cities tackles with; rapid growth, immigration, growing segregation and climate change by using hashtag #HelsinkiImpact2019