International development

ADVANCITY is putting international development at the heart of its 2013-2018 strategy. The challenge is to support members in their international development by helping to set up technological partnerships with European partners and capitalising on the advancity® brand to promote French expertise on an international level.

Interview with Florence Castel on Jiangsu TV on protecting the environment – October 2014


  • raise the profile of the cluster’s ecosystem,
  • Support SMEs’ international development,
  • contribute to promoting the French offer abroad.

European or extra-European partnerships (research centres, inter-clustering, etc.) are long-term processes. The cluster seeks to consolidate its existing cooperation and to create new ones. Since the concept of a cluster is not recognised internationally, the types of relationships that can be created internationally can take various forms. International cooperation allows for the development of strong scientific and technical relationships, BtoB partnerships between companies, and even the sharing of activities, research or good practices, such as the agreement signed with the World Bank at the end of 2013, which includes ADVANCITY within the Global Lab on Metropolitan Strategic Planning network (more information here).

Scientific cooperation

In terms of scientific cooperation, the dynamic is already under way thanks to the cluster’s active participation in two European projects / networks: URBAN-NEXUS (PCRC7) and EURBANLAB from Climate KIC, which will serve as relays in forming new European partnerships.

These European networks are seen as relays for ADVANCITY in forming new European partnerships, with skill centres in Dutch, Swiss, German, English, Swedish, Spanish, or Eastern European countries. They will also develop links with European bodies and initiatives such as EUKN, Urban Europe, ICLEI, EUROCITIES and Sustainable Cities Europe. These links will offer many points of support to the EFFICACITY Institute for international recognition.


In addition to these partnerships, ADVANCITY wants to develop new relationships around:

  • the scientific and technical challenge in industrialised countries targeting the USA and Europe; two partnerships are planned, one with CITRIS in California, with which the ARD, the City of Paris and the Inria are involved.
  • opening up to dynamic urban systems in emerging countries or new champions; regions for exploration to date are Morocco, China or Brazil.

ADVANCITY will be able to build on its network of academic partners to build new and fruitful partnerships. For example, École des Ponts ParisTech is a partner of Tongji Shanghai, and ESIEE is a partner of universities in South Africa such as the Witwatersrand.