Symposium Week

Next Generation Podium for Eurodelta 2022

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 megaregion. 'Next Generation Podium for Eurodelta 2.0' is a week long symposium to bring out fresh perspectives from the young generation and create dialogues between experts practice and academia.

Registration is now closed for the event. You will recieve the joining links via email. If you still wish to be a viewer, then drop us an email.

After the success of the pilot program, we are hosting the second edition of Next Generation Podium to continue to explore further the future developments of the Eurodelta. The program consists of a week long symposium open to the students, young researchers and professionals (0-2 years of experience) working in the field of architecture, design, urban studies, economic geography and spatial planning. The symposium will take place from 2-6 May 2022 (via ZOOM).

Detailed Program

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Lunch forums

Day 1 – Water Management and Climate Adaptation (12:00-13:30)
Moderated by Alankrita Sarkar, Vereniging Deltametropool

12:00              Welcome
12:05               Interview: Cédric Fettouche, New European Bauhaus
12:15                Mayor’s Manual: Scipio Kok, City of Amsterdam
12:30               Blue Space-Blue Parc: Maarten Gheysen, KU Leuven
12:45               Infrastructures to space: Piotr Kalbarczyk, CITYFÖRSTER
13:00               Discussion and debate

Open Office Day at Gemeente Amsterdam, the Netherlands (13:30-15:00)

Day 2 – Cross-border mobility and infrastructure (12:00-13:30)
Moderated by Cecilia Braun, braun-urban

12:00              Welcome and introduction
12:15               Cross border Mobility: Klaas van Staalduine, South Holland
12:30              International cooperation: Oliver Lah, Wuppertal Institute
12:45              Comprehensive Mobilities: Miechel De Paep, BUUR (Sweco)
13:00              Discussion and debate

Open Office Day BUUR (Part of SWECO) Leuven, Belgium (13:30-15:00)

Day 3 – Smart Specialisation Strategies (12:00-13:30)
Moderated by Dagmar Keim, Gemeente Amsterdam

12:00              Welcome and introduction
12:15               Presentation: Dmitri Domanski, Metropolitan Ruhr
12:30              Digital Cities: Daniel de Klein, Urban Development Initiative
12:45               Presentation: Ernst van Zuilen, SWECO Netherlands
13:00              Discussion and debate

Open Office Day at Metropole Ruhr, Essen Germany (13:30-15:00)

Day 4 – Working conference

09:00               Welcome by Paul Gerretsen, VDM
09:15                Introduction by Helmut Thoele, SURE Network
09:30               Keynote: Sandra Pellegrom, UNSDG Coordinator, NL
10:00               Studio presentations
                            — Christian Nolf, WUR
                            — Qu Lei, TU Delft
10:30                Research pitch presentations
                            — Benjamin Vossen, RWTH Aachen
                            — Cecilia Chiappini, (Post doc) KU Leuven
                              Halina Zarate (PhD researcher), TU Delft
11:00               Coffee Break
11:15                Project Brief  by Alankrita Sarkar, VDM
11:30               Workshop (participants working in teams)
12:30               Lunch Break
13:00              Workshop (participants working in teams)
16:45              Closing statements

Day 5 – Working Conference

09:00               Introduction by Emma De Wijs, SURE Network
09:15                Workshop (participants working in teams)
                           SURE Expert review (30 mts)
12:00                Lunch
12:30                Workshop (participants working in teams)
14:45                Coffee Break
15:00                Presentation pitches from participant teams
16:30                Reflections with jury members;
moderated by Erik Pasveer, SURE Network

                          — Rupert Kawka (BBSR),
                          — Marie Deketelaere-Hanna (Inspectrice générale, CGEDD),
                          — David Martens (The New European Bauhaus)
17:00                Closing statements by Carola Hein, Leiden-Delft-Erasmus

Open office day (Amsterdam/Leuven/Ruhr)

To give students an opportunity to get in touch with real life projects, we organize three open offices in three exciting offices working within Eurodelta. This will also be a part of the lunch forum to be hosted at the office, and later you have a chance to tour the workspace and interact with the practitioners. The first lunch forum + open office will be in Gemeente Amsterdam (2 May), Netherlands. This municipality makes policy for the city and surroundings of Amsterdam, home to a million people. The second day will be hosted by the BUUR Part of Sweco (3 May), located in the heart of Leuven, Belgium. BUUR is a planning and design agency working towards sustainable communities and cities of the future. The last lunch forum will be hosted by Metropole Business Ruhr, located in Essen, Germany (4 May). This office is the central point of contact and to give an impulse to the economic development in the region home to five million people.

If you have registered for the program, and want to attend one of the open office days and be part of the lunch forums physically, then please sign up at the link here.

Themes and Urgencies

The participants will work in teams to develop a ‘strategic plan for the region of Eurodelta’ by connecting scales of action on three specific thematic narratives;

— Water Management and Climate Adaptation
— Cross-border Mobility and Infrastructure
— Smart Specialisation Strategies

The symposium connects to existing global and EU programs, such as the EU Green Deal, New European Bauhaus and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The EU green deal is a plan to make the EU climate neutral in 2050. The New European Bauhaus is a program to help realise this Green Deal in a creative way. The SDGs are 17 global goals to help create a better world. The Next Generation Podium relates to these programs by focussing on the different themes of the symposium on different scales.

The participants will be urged to think strategically in terms of actions and timeline while developing their project idea on the local scale and upscaling the impact on the megaregional scale. Together they will address the following questions;

  • What are the steps that need to be taken towards implementing the project idea?
  • What is the long-term goal and how to get there?
  • Who are the relevant stakeholders required and how are they involved?

Jury Reflections

All of these themes will be tackled in an urban governance approach, with effective inclusion and participation strategies and a strong focus on cross-border collaboration under the umbrella of the EU Green Deal and UNSDGs. Proposing the upscaling and downscaling of solutions is the actual task of students and young planners participating in the podium. The three jury members will reflect upon the proposed visions/results of the students group on the last day of the symposium (see program).

Join the program!

We invite you to join the online symposium and contribute towards a sustainable mega-region Eurodelta. We are in the process of developing the program further and a detailed program will be added soon. If you wish to know more about the project or want to contribute towards the program, please get in touch with us. For more details, contact Alankrita Sarkar ( or Cecilia Braun (

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