Next Generation Podium for Eurodelta

Online Symposium Week

This is an invitation to all universities and research institutes in the Eurodelta, on behalf of the partners of the SURE Network, to participate in the development of the megaregion. "Next Generation Podium for Eurodelta" is an online symposium to create a dialogue between experts practice and academia, from different generations.


A pilot program is being organised to explore the future developments for the territory of Eurodelta. The program consists of an online symposium “Next Generation Podium for Eurodelta”, open to the students, young researchers and professionals working in the field of architecture, design, urban studies, economic geography and spatial planning. The symposium will be held online due to COVID-19 restrictions in the week of the 17th – 21st May 2021. A week-long program will be organized in different formats (lunch forums, working conference, breakout sessions, etc.) with specific themes.

Are you interested to know more details, we are organising information meetings for the professors and academic experts on 26 February and 4 March from 11:30 – 12:30 hours. Drop an email to Alankrita Sarkarto get the joining link.

Read the brochure for more details

Tentative Program (speakers still to be confirmed)

Lunch Forum, Day 1 (17th May 2021) – Introducing SURE – Eurodelta

12:00               Cross-border collaboration in the Eurodelta (10 mins each)

— SURE Network milestones by P. Pol & E. de Wijs (City of The Hague)
— Go Europe Go Rail (tbc)
— Ongoing EU Project: ESPON STISE by F. Bekkers (Province of S. Holland)
— Next Generation involvement by E. Pasveer (City of Amsterdam)

13:00               Open discussion and questions


Lunch Forum, Day 2 (18th May 2021) – Research dimension in Eurodelta

12:00               Research & transfer in the Eurodelta (10 mins each)

—  Universities/ institutes presenting their research on megaregions (3 pitches)

12:30               Dialogue between practitioners and academicians (1 hour)


Lunch Forum, Day 3 (19th May 2021) – Practice dimension in Eurodelta

12:00               Best practices in the Eurodelta (10 mins each)

—  Practitioners sharing their projects located in the Eurodelta (3 pitches)

12:30               Open discussion and questions


Online Working Conference, Day 4 (20th May 2021)

09:00              Welcome by A. Sarkar (VDM)

09:10               Introduction to SURE & Next Generation Podium by E. Pasveer (City of Amsterdam)

09:20              Eurodelta Knowledge Platform by P. Gerretsen (VDM)

09:30              SURE-Eurodelta Roadmap by C. Braun (Braun-Urban)

09:40              Keynote: University & Practice + questions

10:15                Coffee Break

10:30               First steps: Project brief  by A. Sarkar (VDM)

10:45               Questions from students

11:00                Practice-based research: Two conceptual tools for urban design & planning

11:20                Lecture: Methods & practicalities

11:50                Reactions and questions

12:00               Lunch Break

12:50               Technicalities: Breakout rooms by A. Sarkar (VDM)

13:00               Breakout Rooms (participants working in groups)

16:30               Closing statements and preparations for next day


Online Working Conference, Day 5 (21st May 2021)

09:00              Welcome and Introduction by A. Sarkar (VDM)

09:15               Breakout Rooms (participants working on final presentation)

10:20               Coffee Break

10:30               Reflections from Day 1 by A. Sarkar (VDM)

10:45                Presentation pitches (10 mins) by teams & reactions by SURE Network

12:45                Closing theme: Next steps (university work packages + reward)

13:00               Lunch/Borrel (lunch packages will be send by the organisers)

Join the program!

We invite you to join the online symposium and contribute towards a sustainable mega-region Eurodelta. You can view the program and read more about the event at For more details on the program and registration, contact Alankrita Sarkar (


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