Creating the smart cities of the future using expertise gained in the energy sector was one of the key themes of a popular annual business event which took place online this week. The eighth annual Aberdeen-Norway Gateway was hosted by Granite PR on September 14 and 15 and held in association with Nordic Edge and RamBase UK to strengthen the links between the two locations through knowledge and networking. The event was the 29th in Granite PR’s growing gateway series of events which are renowned for attracting high calibre presenters. Leading the line-up at this week’s sessions were Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Norway Richard Wood and Aberdeen Lord Provost Barney Crockett who were joined by speakers from both sides of the North Sea, and a record, global audience of more than 190 registered delegates. Commenting on the event Stig Finnesand, chief executive officer of Nordic Edge AS, said: “The cities of tomorrow will be, and will have to be, smarter and more sustainable. By that, I mean that we are at the cusp of an energy and technology transformation that will make sure our future societies are not using up the resources for future generations. “Smart cities are at the forefront of using existing technology, from whatever industry it may come, such as oil and gas or manufacturing, and combining this with innovation and new products and services to make sure that there is chance of reaching the UN sustainable development goals.” Granite PR founder and managing director and gateway series creator Brett Jackson added: “The unprecedented level of interest in the 2021 Aberdeen-Norway Gateway is a clear indication of the appetite which exists for exploring and nurturing the links between Scotland and Norway." The Aberdeen-Norway Gateway 2021 is supported by Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeen Harbour, Add Energy, British Embassy (Oslo), Front Energy, Motive Offshore, Nordic Edge, Norwegian British Chamber of Commerce, ONS Foundation, RamBase UK, Safewell Solutions, Stronachs and Widerøe. Granite PR is now forging ahead with plans for the Aberdeen-UAE Gateway which will take place on November 3 and 4. To find out more, visit www.granitepr.co.uk.