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.


The lunch forums for this year’s edition of the Next Generation Symposium have concluded. Following the themes of Circular Delta, Accessible Delta and Fluid Delta the lunch forums proved an engaging and exciting series. A brief reflection on which can be accessed here. This year, Next Generation Podium also connects with the Waterweek New York Agenda, to bring back the focus on vulnerable delta regions. If you have missed this year’s edition of the lunch forums but are interested in participating in the online workshop you are more than welcome to register!

Online Workshop (11-12 May)

The two-day working conference will see students working in groups to develop their strategic spatial plan for the megaregion. They will work together within their chosen themes under supervision from experts in the field, mentoring and guiding the process throughout. Below is an outline of the program, if you are interested in viewing a more in depth description of the events and speakers click here.

Detailed Program day 1

May 11 (09:00 – 17:00 CET)

Opening ceremony – public program

09:00              Welcome by Alankrita Sarkar (Vereniging Deltametropool)

09:10               Next Generation Podium- Talk with Cecilia Braun                                             (Braun-Urban)

09:20              Introduction – SURE Network by Dagmar Keim                                                  (Gemeente Amsterdam)

09:25               Reflection on Lunch Forums 2023 by Paul Gerretsen                                          (Vereniging Deltametropool)

09:35             Keynote Speaker – Ivo Cré (POLIS Network) – Repositioning                          city regions as crucial players

10:00              Keynote Speaker – Kersten Nabielek                                                                  (Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving) – Scenario research as a tool

10:30              Coffee Break + End of Public program

Workshop for students

10:45              First steps – Project brief by Alankrita Sarkar 

10:50              Questions+ Practicalities

11:00              Step 1 Contextualise Workshop                                           

12:00              Lunch Break

13:00              Step 2 Ideate – Workshop                                                  

14:30              Coffee Break

14:45              Expert Consultation 

15:30              Step 3 Upscale – Workshop 

16:30              Closing statements Erik Pasveer (City of Amsterdam)

Detailed program Day 2 

May 12 (09:00 – 17:00 CET)

Workshop for students

09:00              Welcome by Alankrita Sarkar (Vereniging Deltametropool)

09:15              Step 4 Impact – Workshop  

10:30              Expert interaction 

11:00              Step 5 Action Plan – Workshop  

12:30              Lunch

13:00              Step 6 Prepare presentation and deliverables 

Closing ceremony – public program

14:00              Presentation Pitches & Reflection with Jury                        

15:15               Coffee Break 

15:30              Presentation Pitches & Reflection with Jury          

16:45              Closing statements by Valeria Fedeli (Politecnico di Milano)                            & Erik Pasveer (City of Amsterdam)

17:00              End

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The process involves the students working through different scales starting at the local/city (project scale) to create an idea that can then be up-scaled to the regional/cross-border level (planning scale) and then finally studying its impact on the mega-regional scale (impact scale). Together, this will result in a strategic plan that can be implemented across multiple scales and timelines.


Lunch Forums ( 20-22 March)

The lunch forums that were conducted online by researchers and practitioners within the Eurodelta focused on three critical themes – Circular Delta, Accessible Delta and Eurodelta. This years symposium included 6 open office days (in-person) and provided a diverse and insightful set of options across the Eurodelta where participants could both learn and network.

Program – Lunch Forums

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) 

12:10              Heroic attempts to start from scratch 

12:25              Circular use of wood in mass timber buildings

12:40              Circular and local materials: wood from urban forests

13:00              Open dialogue

13:30              End

Open Office Day 1:  13:30 – 14:30 

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 

12:20              Roadmap for implementation of the STISE 

12:35              Developing sustainable mobility for the Ruhr Metropolis 

12:50              Open dialogue

13:30              End

Open Office Day 2:  13:30 – 14:30

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 

12:15               Watershed design: past, present and future 

12:30              Water-conscious transformation 

12:45              The BonnWaterNetwork 

12:50              Understanding delta change in South and Southeast Asia 

13:00              Open dialogue

13:30              end

Open Office Day 3:  13:30 – 14:30

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 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 that took place between the 20th and 22nd of March while the online workshop will take place between the 11th and 12th of May.

If you also cannot attend the workshop be sure to keep an eye on our website for future editions and upcoming events of a similar nature.

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