What is the ACT NOW Mayors’ Conference 22?

The ACT NOW Mayors’ Conference is a 3-day event that aims to foster exchange between local decision makers, experts of local innovation and young changemakers. This year, the Conference will focus on the topic “Global crises call for local innovation”.

When and where will the ACT NOW Mayors’ Conference take place?

The ACT NOW Mayors’ Conference will take place on 8-10 May 2022 in Stuttgart, Germany. The event is due to start at midday on Sunday and finish at 1pm on Tuesday.

Who can participate?

The ACT NOW Mayors’ Conference is specifically designed for Mayors in Europe and the MENA region but we also welcome other professionals engaged in local politics, public service, civil society, business and research.

Why should I attend?

If you are interested in learning more about local innovation, want to share your own experience or learn how to create change at the municipal level, then the ACT NOW Mayors’ Conference is what you are looking for. The Conference will be packed with opportunities to network, gain professional development, be inspired and energised for your work.

Find out what you can expect from the Conference by watching this video of the 2020 event.

Can I offer a workshop at the conference?

Yes, if you are interested in hosting a workshop at the conference, please use this form to apply by 28 February 2022. Before applying, make sure to read our Workshop Guidelines carefully.

What is the conference’s language?

The main language will be English. But there will be participants from across Europe and the MENA region, so bilateral conversations in the breaks over coffee will be multilingual.

Will you offer simultaneous interpretation for non-English speakers?

The English-speaking skills of the conference’s participants is very diverse. Please do not worry if you are not too confident in English, we are sure you will still enjoy and get much out of your participation. We will offer simultaneous interpretation during the panel sessions, and in parts also whispering interpretation during the workshops.

How can I register?

You can register by visiting this page: Register now!
Please note registration places are limited.

How much is the participation fee?

Participants are asked to contribute a participation fee of 500 EUR. The participation fee covers the cost of food and drink, as well as participation in the workshops, plenary sessions and field trips.

Members of the ACT NOW Mayors’ Network and their delegates, representatives of the Local Labs, committed members of the ACT NOW Youth Network and our cooperation partners can participate in the conference for free.

(If you are a (deputy) mayor and interested in applying to the ACT NOW Mayors’ Network, find out more here.)

How do I get to the venue?

The Wagenhalle, our conference location, is well connected by public transport. There are both metro and train stations within walking distance.

Is there parking at the event venue?

Yes there is free parking at the venue.

Is the venue freely accessible?

Yes. All rooms are on the ground floor and easily accessible.

Do you cover the costs of travel and accommodation?

Participants are required to cover the costs of travel and accommodation. However, the organizers will accept applications from the following categories of participants to partially or fully cover the cost of travel and accommodation: *

  1. Mayors and Local Innovators, who have participated in the Local Labs 2021.
  2. Representatives of municipalities who commit to organizing a Local Lab initiative between January and March 2022. If you are interested in organizing a Local Lab with a team in your municipality, we are happy to support you. Please contact actnow@innovationinpolitics.eu.
  3. Young local change-makers who are members of the ACT NOW Youth Network and are part of our Erasmus+ programme “NOW – Connecting the Dots”.

Please contact actnow@innovationinpolitics.eu to learn more about the conditions for the travel grant.
* Please note that there is a limited number of applications per municipality.

Is there a conference hotel?

No, there is no specific conference hotel. If you are looking for a hotel, there are several options within walking distance to the Conference location. Depending on your travel budget, there is, for example: ibis Stuttgart City (**), Hampton by Hilton Stuttgart City Centre (***), Hotel Stuttgart 21 (***), Mercure Hotel Stuttgart City Center (****), Jaz in the City Stuttgart (****).

Is there a COVID-19 safety strategy?

The safety of our participants is very important to us. The conference will strictly observe COVID-19 safety measures from the county of Baden-Württemberg. Moreover, there will be strict hygiene measures in place and all participants must have a valid covid certificate based on the current guidelines.

What if I can no longer attend?

If you registered for the event but can not attend please let us know as early as possible. Please note that we only refund the participation fee for cancellations until 30 April 2022.