Activities and support

The network’s activities include meetings between members and guest contributors from national or international institutions, universities, research organizations and companies.

The meetings, one and a half days in length, take place in various cities around France at the invitation of a local authority. Since it was founded in 2012, BEST has met 23 times in 17 different cities.

The 23rd meeting took place in Grenoble in March 2022.

Go to meetings

Topics addressed at meetings

#23Transition: prospective scenarios and action plans
#22Metropolises and their academic system + Strategic management of human resources
#21New urban players and urban services
#20Long-standing crisis, sudden crisis : how to cope ? (video conference)
#19Covid-19: crisis management and recovery in local  territories
#18The challenges of the energy and ecological transition for territories
#17Brussels, un multi-faceted city-region
#16The making of the city : strategies and managerial challenges
#15Metropolises, territorial cohesion and administrative simplification
#13Urban mobilities
#12Social and region-wide inclusion of vulnerable populations
#10Local governance reforms: dynamics and repercussions
#9Human resources, cooperation and public policy
#8Innovation in the public sector, funding of public investment and administration
#7Large urban areas and regions in Europe: what kind of strategic partnerships can address regional changes?
#6Mergers and reorganization of local authorities: implications for management and social partners
#5Local governance
#4Public-private cooperation to serve local areas
#3The role of executives in large local authorities. Running and monitoring satellite entities. Managing water and sanitation
#2Scenario planning and sustainable cities
#1Public service performance


In 2017, the first meeting was held in a European city outside of France: Barcelona

#11 Seminar / tour on the topic of:
Organization and operation of the city and its satellites

In 2018, BEST went to COLOGNE, invited by the City and its holding Stadtwerke Köln

#14 Seminar / tour on the topic of:
Organisation, operation, achievements and futur challenges

In 2019, it is to BRUSSELS the BEST network went, invited by Brussels-Capital Region

#17 Seminar / tour on the topic of:
Organisation, operation, achievements and futur challenges

Host local authorities

Other support

Since its 11th meeting, BEST has received support from France Urbaine, a non-profit that federates French metropolitan areas, large combined urban authorities and cities.