Digital Twins to Future-Proof Europe’s Buildings and Neighbourhoods

15. September 14:30 - 16:00

Data is a keystone for better decision making at city-level, helping to inform policy making and underpinning the monitoring and fine-tuning of measures for improved climate mitigation and adaptation. Data alone is not enough, however: only when building-, neighbourhood- and city-level information is processed, made accessible and is sufficiently understandable can stakeholders harness it properly.

The EURESFO session, which is being co-organised via the EU-funded RUGGEDISED and EXCESS projects, focusses on the power of digital twins in helping cities future-proof their built environment and wider urban systems. The session features a panel discussion between representatives from leading cities and from the private sector that are working with building- and city-scale modelling applications.

Panellists and the audience will be invited to reflect on current as well as future digital twin applications in European cities, exploring cross-sectoral dimensions to enhanced resilience, citizen engagement potential and enabling factors for the scaling up of building, neighbourhood and city-wide models.


Ilia Christantoni

Head of EU Projects Sector, DAEM - IT Company of the City of Athens

Ilia Christantoni, Head of EU Projects Sector, DAEM - IT Company of the City of Athens

Ilia Christantoni is a National and Kapodistrian University of Athens graduate and holds a BSc Degree in Computer Science and Telecommunications (2004) and two post graduate degrees (MSc) in: Radioelectrology and Electronics (2012), as well as in Neurosciences, Socio-biology and Education (2014). She has been working in the IT sector (System Administration, Education) and since 2014 is a freelance Scientific Collaborator in the National Hellenic Research Foundation. Her professional skills were further enriched in the field of project management as a financial and project officer in EACEA (Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency), European Commission. Since 2017 is the Head of EU Projects Sector in DAEM S.A. and has been involved in the projects City4Age, CHARGED, VisiOn, CO3, EXTREMA, DUET, MESOC, CODE(EEA Grants), PRELUDE, FUSILLI, AI4PublicPolicy, ASSURED, CompAIR etc.

Adam Estefányi

Data Analyst, Brno City Municipality

Adam Estefányi, Data Analyst, Brno City Municipality

Adam works as a data analyst at the Municipality of Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic. He has several years of experience working in the private and public sector, in project management, urban strategy and planning.

He graduated in Regional Development and International Studies. After graduation (2015) he worked as a consultant in the field of EU-funded projects, mainly focusing on industry and transportation, but also focused on the Industry 4.0 topics (production automation, artificial intelligence, digital twin or cyber security).

In 2019, he moved to the public sector and started working for the City of Brno. First at the Strategic Department, as a brownfields specialist. Since 2021, he has been working in the Data Department. Currently, he is mainly involved in the operation of the web data portal, which is aimed at three different types of users: the general public (who can learn more about their city through data), professionals or students (the website offers them a number of interactive long-term statistics about the city or applications) and developers and IT professionals (working with machine-processable datasets).

Eftychia Kalogianni

Consultant, Future Insight

Eftychia Kalogianni, Consultant, Future Insight

Eftychia Kalogianni is Rural, Surveyor & Geoinformation Engineer from NTUA and holds MSc in Geoinformatics from NTUA and MSc in Geomatics from TU Delft. Currently she is PhD candidate at TU Delft, working on developing a holistic approach to treat 3D Land Administration Systems within the Spatial Development Lifecycle. She is involved in the standardization of the revision of the Land Administration Domain Model (ISO 19152:2012 as member of ISO TC211 committee (

For the past 7 years she has been involved in various infrastructure, strategic urban planning and sustainable urban mobility projects, EU-funded research programs (Horizon 2020, Interreg). From January 2022 she collaborates with Future Insight as a Consultant in BIM, 3D and 3D Cadastre related projects. Eftychia participates in the education at Master level at TUDelft as MSc thesis supervisor and guest lecturer and is author and co-author of publications at the area of land administration & management, 3D city models, digital twins, circular economy & Sustainable Development Goals for the built environment.


Andreas Jaeger

Officer, Built Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy, ICLEI Europe

Andreas Jaeger, Officer, Built Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy, ICLEI EUrope

Andreas joined the Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience team at the ICLEI European Secretariat as a Project Officer in January 2020. At the Secretariat the primary focus of his work lies on projects seeking to catalyse energy positive / low carbon built infrastructure and sustainable energy development.

Building on his background in architecture and urban planning, Andreas worked in sustainable urban development policy research in Europe and Asia for over six years.To better understand processes that shape our built environment Andreas worked in the private real estate sector, just prior to joining ICLEI. In the course of his career Andreas has been engaged in research and capacity building in the fields of green buildings, multi-level governance and subnational climate-smart strategy making. In this context he has also contributed to international policy processes, such as Habitat III and the Sustainable Development Goals.