Webinar | 2030: A journey towards climate neutral and smart cities in Europe

This seminar will highlight existing actions in the alliance towards the goal of achieving smart and climate-neutral cities amongst our regions and will inspire innovative actions to take place within our community, including citizens, academia, and businesses and implement transformative processes.

COMPASS Webinars


Ulysseus European University introduced in 2021 a brand new series of webinars. These are part of the calendar of activities of COMPASS: Leading Ulysseus to become a European University excellence model through Research and Innovation, a Horizon 2020 project of Ulysseus and the flagship for its R&I agenda and strategy.

Organised by Ulysseus Innovation Hubs, these webinars bring together experts from academia, industry and NGO’s, among other organisations to discuss key regional and local challenges.

2030: A journey towards Climate Neutral and Smart Cities in Europe

A hundred cities from the European Union member states plus 12 cities from associated countries have been selected to join the EU Mission: 100 Climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030 to pursue ambitious goals to slash emissions rapidly and pioneer innovative approaches with citizens and stakeholders.

Seville, Helsinki and Košice are three of the selected cities in the EU and home of three partner universities of the Ulysseus alliance.

This seminar will highlight existing actions in the alliance towards the goal of achieving smart and climate-neutral cities amongst our regions and will inspire innovative actions to take place within our community, including citizens, academia, and businesses and implement transformative processes.

See below our panel of the experts:

  • Ricardo Chacartegui Ramírez, Professor, Dept. Energy Engineering Department of the University of Seville (Spain)
  • Blanca Gómez Dominguez, Innovation and Project Officer at Cartuja Science & Technology Park, Seville (Spain)
  • Maroš Halama,Vice-dean for Research, Innovation and International Relations, Technical University of Košice, FMMR (Slovakia)
  • Begoña C. Arrue, Associate Professor, Dept. of Systems Engineering and Automation Department, University of Seville (Spain) 


Ricardo Chacartegui

University of Seville

Ricardo is Professor in the Energy Engineering Department of the University of Seville. His research is focused on thermal energy systems: design, development, and optimization. Its current main activity can be classified into two wide groups: energy storage systems and Low Carbon Economy systems.

His R&D interest areas integrate the development of novel materials and thermal systems for sustainable energy systems applications. Since 2006 he has had more than one hundred publications in Scopus and more than 80 contributions to international congresses. They are directly linked to his R&D activity in more than 80 R&D collaborative projects with the energy and transport industries. They include seven European Union, three national and two regional funded projects. They were oriented to product development, analysis or optimization of energy storage systems, concentrated solar systems, biomass burners, bifacial PVs, CHP district heating and cooling networks and sustainability education. Recently he has coordinated the H2020 Project SOCRATCES, GA 727348 for a novel concept of a thermochemical energy storage system based on Calcium looping to integrate into concentrating solar power plants and under execution is the project ECF4CLIM ( GA 101036505) for developing a European competence framework for a low carbon economy and sustainability through educationP

Blanca Gómez Domínguez

Blanca holds a MBA from Universidad Internacional de la Rioja (UNIR) and is graduated in Journalism by the University of Seville. Since 2006, she works as Innovation and Projects Officer in the SPT Cartuja. Her work is focused on assessing entrepreneurs and technology based companies at Marie Curie Tecnoincubator at STP Cartuja. She was involved in “Invierte PCT Cartuja”, private investors and business angels for start ups programme. She was responsible for the development of the Erasmus Young Entrepreneurs programme in Andalusia and was part of the team of Speedier (SME Program for Energy Efficiency through Delivery and Implementation of EneRgy Audits) and Project officer Cartuja Qanat (Urban Innovative Actions – topic Adaptation to climate change).

Maroš Halama

Technical University of Košice

Vice-dean for Research, Innovations and International Relations at Technical University of Košice, Faculty of Materials, Metallurgy and Recycling, head of the Corrosion Testing Laboratory at the Promatech Center for Advanced Materials and Technologies at the Slovak Academy of Sciences and Vice-president at Slovak Association for Surface Treatment.

His actual research focusing on safety of advanced materials for Li-ion batteries and hydrogen technologies, application of nanotechnologies in different environmental applications, application of artificial neural networks in material science and nanosafety.

He obtained M.Sc. in Chemistry at UPJS Kosice (partly Aristotle Uni. of Thessaloniki) and PhD at TUKE in Material Science. Between 2005-2007 he coordinated project with Technische Univesität Wien, TVFA Institute, later CTA. He was invited lecturer at Ecole Nationale de Chemie Paris-Tech, KIMab Stockholm, IST Lisboa, CEST Wiener Neustadt, Uni. Barcelona, Institute for Work and Health in Lausanne, World Trade Center Moscow, Martin-Luther Uni. Halle-Wittenberg, Westfälische Wilhelms. Munster, Kurt-Schwabe Mittweida, AAMC Miami, World Trade Center Dubai, Global Science & Technology Forum in Singapore, Nanotech in Tokyo, Peter the Great Petersburg Polytechnic University, European Defence Agency and others. Since 2006 he took part on several European Science Foundation’s annual trainings on advanced materials, nanobiotechnology, nanomedicine, nanosafety and others. In 2014 he was visiting scientist at Jan Dlugosz Uni. Czestochowa. He participated on industrial inquires and failure analysis within the industrial sector in the field of energy, oil & gas, coating industry (eustream a.s., SPP-distribution, ENEL, SES Tlmače, Bukóza holding a.s., Matador automotive, Kerex a.s., U.S Steel, VÚZ PI etc.).

He was awarded by president of IAAM prof. Hisatoshi Kobayashi with prestigious International Association for Advanced Materials Scientist Medal 2016 in Miami congress, US. Since July 2017 he acted as member of the Steel Advisory Group, since 2020 as member of COSCO group at Research Fund Coal and Steel (RFCS), European Commission and since April 2019 as CnGE representative of the Slovak Republic in the Captech Group at European Defence Agency, since August 2019 he has been working in the Presidency of the Slovak Battery Alliance (SBaA), since 2019 in Slovak National Hydrogen Association and since 2020 in Advisory Council in Kosice Self-Government Region.

Begoña C. Arrue

University of Seville

Associate Professor Arrue (Dep. of Systems Engineering and Automation, University of Seville) holds BSc in Computer Science (University of Deusto, Spain), and a MSc and a PhD in Electrical Engineering (University of Virginia, USA).

During her academic career, Arrue has been lecturing undergraduate and postgraduate students of a variety of engineering disciplines. 

Her areas of expertise include robotics, computer science, artificial intelligence, systems engineering and automation, and signal theory among others. Dr. Arrue’s research aims to devise novel robotic paradigms integrating multidisciplinary approaches. In particular, Arrue is specialized in multirobots aerial systems, bio-inspired aerial soft robotics, AI in robotics, perception, manipulation and planning, and intelligent systems, among others. Assoc. 

Prof. Arrue has published a number of research articles in world-class journals, book chapters and conference proceedings. She has participated in more than 30 research projects – including EU funded projects – such as EUFIRELAB project (Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development. EVG1- 2001-00024. 2002-2006.) where she was the principal investigator of the Spanish team. At present, Dr. Arrue is working on various research initiatives (GRIFFIN, AERIAL-CORE, PILOTING, RESIST), and is co-PI of the European projects TERRINET and RIMA. In addition, she has closely worked with a repertoire of industrial partners such as AIRBUS MILITARY or ABEGONA to bring technological advances to the market, including more than 15 companies such as ITURRY, FAASA, among others.

Arrue is also an IEEE Senior member, has been an active reviewer in various international journals, and has acted as scientific assessor for national and international research initiative

More details about this webinar


Erica Romero Pender, Innovation Hub Officer at the Energy, Transport, Mobility and Smart cities Innovation Hub of the University of Seville, will facilitate this seminar. 

Day | Wednesday, 22 June 2022.

Time | 09:45-11:15 CET.

Host | Ulysseus Energy, Transport, Mobility and Smart Cities Innovation Hub, University of Seville.

Location | Pabellón de Mexico, P.º de las Delicias, s/n, 41013 Sevilla and online.  

Language | This seminar will be in English.

Format | Hybrid (in person and online). This seminar will take place in person during the course of the COMPASS Researchers’ Days in Seville (22-23 June) but will also be livestreamed on the YouTube channel of Ulysseus. 

Registration | Registration is mandatory.  

Certificate of attendance  | At the end of the webinar a link will be supplied to request your certificate of attendance for this webinar.

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COMPASS: Leading Ulysseus to become a European University excellence model through Research and Innovation” is a Horizon 2020 project of Ulysseus and the flagship for its R&I agenda and strategy.

COMPASS has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement No 101035809. The views and opinions expressed in this communication are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission.