Symposium 2023

Next Generation Podium for Eurodelta

This is an invitation to the next generation of planners, designers and urban thinkers, universities and research institutes on behalf of the SURE Network, to participate in the development of the Eurodelta mega-region. Next Generation Podium for Eurodelta 2023 is a symposium to bring out fresh perspectives from the young generation and create dialogues between experts practice and academia.


After the success of the first two editions in 2021 and 2022 , we are hosting a third edition of the Next Generation Podium to continue to explore further the future developments of the Eurodelta.

This year, Next Generation Podium also connects with the Waterweek New York Agenda, to bring back the focus on vulnerable delta regions.

This edition is a program open to students, young researchers and professionals working in the field of architecture, design, urban studies, economic geography and spatial planning. Unlike the previous two editions of the symposium, this years edition will be split across two separate weeks with the online lecture series taking place between the 20th and 22nd of March while the online workshop will take place between the 11th and 12th of May.

The Lunch Forums (March 20th, 21st and 22nd)

The lunch forums will be conducted online, starting with the lectures at 12:00 which will last for one and a half hours. These lectures will be given by significant practitioners within the Eurodelta and will focus on three critical themes that the region grapples with. After a brief 30 minute break the day will continue with an hour long open office. This aspect of the symposium takes place in person and on site at one of several relevant offices. The open offices and days will then conclude at 15:00. This years symposium will include 6 open offices which will provide a diverse and insightful set of options across the Eurodelta where participants can both learn and network.

Lunch Forum Program

LUNCH FORUM 1 – March 20 (12:00 – 13:30 CET) – Circular Delta

Moderated by Paul Gerretsen, Deltametropolis Association

12:00 Welcome and introduction

12:05  Interview (SURE and ambitions of circularity) with Erik Pasveer, SURE Eurodelta

12:10 Heroic attempts to start from scratch by Peter van Assche, Bureau SLA, NL

12:25 Circular use of wood in mass timber buildings by Markus Steppler, DERIX-Gruppe, DE

12:40 Circular and local materials: wood from urban forests by Stephan Kampelmann, ULB, BE

13:00 Open dialogue

13:30 End

Open Office Day 1: 13:30 – 14:30 hours

Municipality of Amsterdam | Municipality of The Hague | Park city Limburg


LUNCH FORUM 2 – March 21  (12:00 – 13:30 CET) – Accessible Delta

Moderated by Paul Gerretsen and Cecilia Braun

12:00 Welcome and introduction

12:05 Interview on trans-border mobility corridor by Cecilia Braun, EGTC Rhine-Alpine Corridor

12:20 Roadmap for implementation of the STISE by Luuk Boelens, Universiteit Gent, BE

12:35 Developing sustainable mobility for the Ruhr Metropolis by Frank Joneit-Regionalverband Ruhr, DE

12:50 Open dialogue

13:30 End

Open Office Day 2: 13:30 – 14:30 hours

Ruhr regional association


LUNCH FORUM 3 – March 22  (12:00 – 13:30 CET) – Fluid Delta

Moderated by Alankrita Sarkar, Deltametropolis Association

12:00 Welcome and introduction

12:05 The Benelux builds bridges by Yvonne Havenga, BENELUX

12:15  Watershed design:past, present and future by Carola Hein, LDE, NL

12:30  Water-conscious transformation by Ann De Cannière, BMA, BE

12:45 The BonnWaterNetwork by Annabelle Houdret, IDOS

12:50 Understanding delta change in South and Southeast Asia by Jack O’Connor, UNU-EHS

13:00 Open dialogue

13:30 end

Open Office Day 3: 13:30 – 14:30 hours

May workshops

The workshops will take place across two days in May and will involve students being split into groups and creating presentations which will be published in a booklet following the conclusion of the symposium. The diversity in both nationality and discipline of the participants encourages collaboration and enhanced understanding of the working world, bringing forward new ideas on critical themes within the Eurodelta. The groups will create their presentation based on one of the themes explored during the lunch forums held in March. Participants are given the opportunity to express their preference regarding themes during the registration process. The workshops are held entirely online, Thursday the 11th will begin at 9 and conclude at 17:30 while Friday the 12th will also begin at 9 but conclude an hour earlier at 16:30.

Are you an university or a research institute interested to join and collaborate?

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