Flagship Domains

With ENLIGHT we focus on six cross-cutting challenge domains. They are anchor points for our future-proof education and R&I agenda: in each area our students, teachers and researchers work together on sustainable solutions for complex, real-life challenges that our cities and communities face today. 

Culture and Creativity

KEY THEMES: Culturally-informed sustainable development that fosters cultural diversity, heritage, social cohesion, and cross-cultural understanding (SDG4.7), with a special focus on: (i) History – understanding of Anthropocene/EU; (ii) Multilingualism; (iii) Art and music, education, innovation; (iv) Tourism and culture economy (local, EU).

Health and Well-being

KEY THEMES: Urban Health with a special focus on (i) the impact of aging populations, especially on brain and mental health, (ii) the impact of environmental exposures and inequalities in healthcare access, and (iii) opportunities for future cities through precision medicine and digital public health.

Digital revolution and Impact of digitization

KEY THEMES: AI for Good in our cities and communities, with a special focus on digital simulation to support decision-making, AI and health, AI and sustainable society.

Climate change

KEY THEMES: Climate change and urban development with a special focus on: (i) impact of climate change on land use, socio-ecosystems, relation between cities and surrounding rural areas, (ii) mitigation through improved environmental impact assessment, intersectoral initiatives for climate neutrality.

Energy and Circular economy

KEY THEMES: Energy conversion and transition with a special focus on multidisciplinary approaches to (i) energy transition, (ii) circularity, and (iii) raw material value chain.


KEY THEMES: Addressing polarization in our cities and communities, with a special focus on (i) urban development and marginalization, (ii) access and equity in future cities for long-term sustainability, (iii) sustainable heritage and polarization.