Smart Cities in Smart Regions 2024 Conference

The fourth Smart Cities in Smart Regions Conference will take place on October 9-10, 2024 at the campus of LAB University of Applied Sciences in the beautiful city of Lahti, Finland.

The themes of this year’s conference are:

  • Solutions for Systemic Change
  • Smart Health and Wellbeing Innovations
  • Design for Sustainable Business and Responsible Consumption

The conference is centered on the idea that environmental, social, and economic sustainability are crucial for a resilient future. Resilience, within the context of sustainability, signifies the ability to address diverse challenges faced by regions and urban areas; be it climate change, social inequalities, safety, or energy transition. At SCSR2024, you’ll discover speakers sharing solutions to help move cities and regions toward being smarter, that is, more sustainable, inclusive, and interconnected. 

A key aspect of the conference is to promote collaboration between researchers, industry, and local and regional development actors. Therefore, we welcome presentations of scientific and applied research as well as practical case examples, which gives the participants a great opportunity to familiarize themselves with the newest research as well as innovative real-world applications. Companies, organizations, and public sector actors are encouraged to present their best practices, practical innovations, and development projects connected to the themes of the conference.

As a part of the program we will also organize a matchmaking session to boost research, development and innovation cooperation between universities, industry and public actors. The matchmaking session will allow participants to present new project ideas and find partners.

Finally, SCSR2024 aims to showcase the competence and creativity of students from LAB University of Applied Sciences. Hospitality, tourism and event management students are actively involved in the organization of the conference, and during the conference you will find many examples of their engagement and fresh perspectives.

The conference is organized by LAB University of Applied Sciences and the City of Lahti in close co-operation with Avans University of Applied Sciences, LUT University, the Regional Council of Päijät-Häme, Lahti University Campus, buildingSMART Finland and Forum Virium Helsinki.

Important dates

  • Call for scientific abstracts is open until February 29, 2024
  • Call for practical case examples is open until April 30, 2024
  • Notification of acceptance: March 25, 2024
  • Deadline for full paper submission: May 31, 2024
  • Notification of acceptance or request for revision: June 28, 2024
  • Submission of final paper: September 1, 2024
  • Publication of the conference proceedings: beginning of October 2024


  • Early bird registration: March 25, 2024 – April 30, 2024
  • Registration: May 1, 2024 – September 22, 2024

Social media

The conference is on LinkedIn! Please feel free to share the event and post about it on social media using the hashtags #smartcities2024 and #scsr2024.


09. - 10.10.2024


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