With the goal to establish a Eurodelta Knowledge Platform, within the SURE Network, a pilot program has been initiated to include the young minds in the vision development of the Eurodelta development. "Next Generation Podium for Eurodelta" is an online symposium to create a dialogue between experts, practice and academia, from different generations.
This is an invitation call for all universities, master’s students and young professionals who are interested in contributing to the development of a sustainable spatial-economic vision for the territory of the Eurodelta. The online symposium week will take place from 17th – 21st May 2021. Contact Alankrita Sarkar, for more details.
With the encouraging and enthusiastic discussion during the 6th SURE Webinar on Informal Planning Procedures and The New Planning Dialogue #8 – Mega-regions, a central idea was built-up along the development of a knowledge platform for the territory of Eurodelta, within the SURE Network. Supporting that idea, a small working group within the SURE Network was created, including City of Amsterdam, City of The Hague, Province South Holland, Vereniging Deltametropool and Cecilia Braun. We initiated the development of a proposal for a half year program including the young minds and out-of-the-box thinking in the Eurodelta development discussion – “Next Generation Podium for SURE-Eurodelta (online symposium week)”.
Why this knowledge platform?
This program urges to include the young generation towards the thinking and development of the spatial-economic vision for SURE-Eurodelta. We foresee this idea and discussion forming a bigger program in future with adding partners and commitments from the universities and research institutes, beginning with the following program as a pilot. This can create an added value of the SURE Network – activating the research/ innovation network to stimulate the “cross-border discussion”.
The SURE Network also intends to coordinate actions in which enthusiastic people (new generations) come together to develop innovative solutions for complex spatial problems and learn to tackle the common urban challenges of today (SURE-Eurodelta Roadmap, 2021, p.7 ).
Role of the network
The first step of this programme is initiated by a small working group within the SURE Network. Whilst, we foresee to include the whole network in the planning of this program in coming months. As a first step we are approaching the SURE Network to review this proposal and add their comments. We expect some concrete contributions from them during the program timeline. This will create a sense of ownership towards for the SURE Network and provide a platform to include the local stakeholders and universities in the program.
Approach, program and planning
The pilot program ‘Next Generation Podium for Eurodelta’ is being planned with following elements:
— Timeline: December 2020 – May 2021
— Outcome: Online Symposium Week from 17th – 21st May 2021. Depending on the situation with COVID-19, we can later plan a physical meeting to exhibit the results.
— Aim: Include Next Generation (students, young professionals, recent graduates) in the discussion of the future of Eurodelta.
Themes and topics
Taking into account the discussion and ongoing projects and urgencies, six themes have been identified together incorporating the weaknesses and threats of today’s cities and regions. The workshop and research questions will be designed around the following themes:
— Inclusiveness and Cohesion within and between regions
— Mobility and Infrastructure – Connecting Eurodelta
— Circular Economy
— Climate and Energy
— Water Management and Resilience
— Digitalisation and Post-COVID Strategies
We are in talks with various universities in and around the Eurodelta. The following have showin interest in joining the discussion: The Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, University of Amsterdam, Wageniging University and Research, TU Dortmund, RWTH Aachen, University Duisburg-Essen, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Ghent University, KU Leuven, Politecnico de Torino, ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
We wish to carry forward this dialogue with many more universities and knowledge institutions..Feel free to reach out to us if you are interested in being a part of this network and knowledge sharing community with the young planners and designers of tomorrow!