About Us

The European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) is a global network of open innovation ecosystems (Living Labs) that places people at the centre of product and service development and innovation. The network and its members provide innovation services for small and medium-sized international companies, the public sector, organisations and citizens. ENoLL promotes the development of business and industry and the creation of tax revenue and jobs.

The ENoLL international non-profit association, as the legal representative entity of the network, was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Brussels. ENoLL supports the evolution and the uptake of the Living Lab paradigm throughout Europe and worldwide, contributes to the creation of a dynamic, multi-layer and multidimensional European Innovation Ecosystem, and facilitates the cooperation and the exploitation of synergies between its members and external stakeholders.

ENoLL has recognised nearly 400 living labs from around the world maintained by municipalities, universities, regions and companies acting also as the development and piloting partners. Of these, 170 make up the core for piloting European industry and innovation policy and are involved in in-depth cooperation with regions and the European Commission's Directorates General.

The ENoLL network aims at creating pan-European experiments and prototypes for new markets, based on the Digital Single Market. It is an open engagement platform where new business models can be co-design, experimented with and developed all based on a quadruple helix approach, creating safety nets for experiments and prototypes with new roles of the public sector as enabler and catalyser. ENoLL can combine European vertical specialisation domains (health, smart cities, creativity, education etc.) with horizontal and territorial specialisation.

UNaLab Team Members

Meet the UNaLab Team Members from ENoLL

Spela Zalokar

Spela Zalokar
Work Package 2 - Living Lab and Co-Creation: Models and Tools
Ines Vaittinen

Ines Vaittinen
Work Package 2 - Living Lab and Co-Creation: Models and Tools
Clara Mafé

Clara Mafé
Work Package 2 - Living Lab and Co-Creation: Models and Tools

Latest Updates

Playing Our Way to a Greener City

In September, the UNaLab project took part in the Science Is Wonderful exhibition, which was organised as part of the EU Research & Innovation Days. The aim was on the one hand to present the UNaLab project to the visitors, and on the other hand to introduce them to nature-based solutions (NBS) and the benefits that they can bring to cities.

The Urban Living Lab Playground Game

The second prototype of the Urban Living Lab Playground Game was tested at two events over the summer period: The Nature of Cities Summit held in June and the OpenLivingLab Days in the beginning of September. Through the game, participants learn how an Urban Living Lab functions and how it can bring city stakeholders together to fight a given climate challenge.

ULL Training at the Learning Lab Day

The Urban Living Lab training, hosted in connection to the OpenLivingLab Days conference, offered the UNaLab cities the opportunity to follow a full-day training on Living Lab methodologies. The UNaLab sessions at the training focused specifically on “getting started” and “ideation and design” of Urban Living Labs: where to start, what are the pitfalls to avoid along the way, and experiences from Living Labs from the ENoLL network on how to ideate and design with your stakeholders.

The UNaLab Toolkit

In UNaLab, a wide range of co-creation tools and methods have been used across the different urban demonstration areas to explore, design, implement and evaluate the nature-based solutions that will help the UNaLab cities tackle their specific climate and water related challenges. All of these tools and methods will now be gathered in an online Toolkit!

Co-creation Workshops in Genova

The Municipality of Genova organised three co-creation workshops that took place between March and April 2018. With the European Awareness Scenario Workshop methodology, citizens, representatives of local associations, urban planners, geology experts and the staff working for the Municipality of Genova, came together to create a vision, propose their ideas, and discuss their implementation. Results that arose from the co-creation activity were evaluated by designers and the municipality to ensure their technical and economic feasibility.  

Co-creating Smart Nature-based Spaces – NBS Workshop at the Nordic Edge Expo

The UNaLab project organised a nature-based solutions workshop at the Nordic Edge Expo & Conference in Stavanger, Norway, with the title ‘Co-creating Smart Nature-based Liveable Spaces – Necessary Solutions for Real Life Challenges’. The aim of the workshop was to explore urban challenges that our European cities are tackling and to co-create potential solutions to these challenges.

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