23rd – 25th May 2018 | Utrecht, the Netherlands

managing urban change and growth

We are delighted to announce the UTRECHT SPRING CONFERENCE 2018: “Managing Urban Change and Growth; Connectivity – Lifestyles – Governance”. We kindly invite you to this conference and look forward to your participation. We are proud to present you the outline of the conference; a detailed programme will follow soon. We look forward to your participation!


The conference will include plenary sessions, flash visits to various sites, and breakout sessions where the following key themes will be addressed:

  • Connectivity: Workspace & Futures
  • Lifestyles: Healthy Living & Public Space
  • Governance: Collaboration & Design Thinking


Healthy urban living

By putting health at the heart of our urban development, Utrecht creats a value based strategy and a purpose for the future of the city. Ecomobility is an indispensable part of this. A fundamental partnership approach enables us to pursue the ambition of healthy urban living with the knowledge, experience and creativity of all Utrecht people, professionals, companies and institutions. Showing that it ’s cities and their surrounding regions that are at the heart of the urban solutions needed today.

‘bio-washing machine’
Visit the test location for self-driving cars and the ‘bio-washing machine’ (for cleaning contaminated land).

Stations-plein Oost
Stationsplein Oost: ‘complexification’ as a management strategy in urban regeneration.

Area development
The secrets and successes of area development.

central station
The new Utrecht Central Railway Station, the biggest Public Transport Terminal of the Netherlands (more than 88 million people each year)

Visiting the Merwedekanaal Zone, a regeneration programme of a current brownfield area.

New Hoog Catharijne
A complete remake of the biggest Dutch shopping mall, New Hoog Catharijne

Visiting LomboXnet, smart solar charging, the first sunpower-controlled charging station and V2G-system.

And much more
Around 30 other expert oriented workshops and excursions you can choose from.



For whom?

The conference is open for everyone interested. Invited are representatives and practitioners from cities and city regions with similar developments, from national and regional authorities and participants from various institutions, stakeholders, industries and interest groups.

when and where?

The conference starts the 23rd of May 2018 in the early afternoon and finishes the 25th of May in the afternoon. The conference will be held in Utrecht (half an hour by train from Schiphol Airport). The venues will sit very near to the central railway station.


Conference participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from Utrecht, and accommodation arrangements in Utrecht. Utrecht has a wide range of hotels offering accommodation at various rates. A list of preferred conference hotels will be provided at the time of registration (in cooperation with Utrecht Hotel Service).


Registration rates will be € 695. When you book before March, 17th you will pay € 550.