1st Apr 2019


The purpose of the present call is to collect researches, case studies and projects related to Smart Villages from all over the Alpine region. Participants to the call are asked to prepare a poster paper and to present it during the conference Smart Villages – a Common Perspective Through Different Visions.

The event is organized by Regione Autonoma Valle d’Aosta within the Italian presidency of EUSALP, the European macro-regional strategy for the Alpine region, to exchange ideas about the introduction of new approaches to deliver better services and improve the quality of life in Alpine villages. The conference will be held in the prestigious location of Courmayeur, close to Mont Blanc, on May 23rd-24th.

Younger citizens are leaving Alpine villages, while the remaining inhabitants are growing older. Bringing basic services to remote areas is becoming increasingly expensive, due to low density of population. Fortunately, in the era of digitalization, innovation might be the key to find a solution. This is the main idea beyond Smart Villages: local communities in rural areas who obtain a better access to services of general interest and foster a sustainable development of their territory by means of new technologies and better connectivity.

Computer literacy, smart mobility and energy efficiency are some of the topics related to Smart Villages, but they are also a starting point to design real projects and best practices tailored on the needs of the Alpine population.

This conference is meant to bring together politicians, researchers, project managers, associations and all those people who can provide new inputs for the introduction of Smart Villages in the European Strategy for the Alpine Region. Contributions from all the fields involved are welcome, included researches, projects and case studies.


Courmayeur is an Alpine resort close to Mont Blanc, the highest peak in western Europe. Pavillon du Mont Fréty can be easily reached from Courmayeur with the Skyway Monte Bianco, a cable car that offers a breath-taking view on the Italian Alps.

Posters will be presented at Pavillon du Mont Fréty (2200 m) on May 24th, all accepted authors will receive a free Skyway ticket to attend the event. Authors are also invited to discover more about Smart Villages, best practices and relevant case studies during the first day of conference, that will take place at Courmayeur Congress Center. 


We accept contributions in all fields related to Smart Villages or the use of technology in remote areas, with an interest in:

  • Digital skills, digital education, computer literacy, and digital support for senior citizens;
  • Smart social aspects for a better life quality, work-life balance, better education and training;
  • Smart mobility, car sharing, carpooling, demand responsive transport, e-mobility (e-bikes and e-cars), multimodal transport, tourism and sustainable mobility;
  • Digital connectivity and Services of General Interest, broadband infrastructures, provision of digital services and accessibility to SGI in remote areas;
  • Smart grids and renewable energy, energy system in the future, independency from fossil fuels, prosumers, grid stability, charging infrastructure for e-mobility (integrated energy systems).



Contributors can submit the abstract (200-600 word long)  of their poster before 8th  May.

A flat-rate reimbursement of expenses will be  provided to the best projects for each areas of interest. The commission will be composed by the Action group leaders of EUSALP.

Authors will be expected to print their own poster and to be present on the 24th to explain it. Each author can therefore present only one poster. Posters must be printed in A1 format.



  • Deadline for submission: 8th May 
  • Notification of acceptance: 10th May
  • Conference dates: 23rd and 24th May