With a goal to cultivate an Eurodelta Knowledge Platform, within the SURE Network, a pilot program has been initiated to include the young minds in the vision development of 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 universities, master’s students and young professionals who are interested in contributing to the sustainable spatial-economic vision for the territory of 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 Eurodelta-SURE (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 Eurodelta – SURE. We foresee this idea and discussion forming a bigger program in future with adding partners and commitments from the universities, beginning with the following program as a pilot. This can create an added value of 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 Roadmap, 2020, p.7 ).
Role of the network
The first steps of this programme is initiated by a small working group within the SURE Network. Whilst, we foresee this program to include the whole network in the planning and program in coming months. As a first step of the program 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: Including Young Generation (Students, young professionals, recent graduates) in the discussion of future of Eurodelta.
Themes and topics
Taking into account the discussion and the ongoing projects and urgencies, six themes have been identified together incorporating the weakness and threats. The workshop and the research questions will be designed around these 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 from around the Eurodelta tentativeley, to join this initiative like, The Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, University of Amsterdam, Wageniging University and Research, TU Dortmund, RWTH Aachen, Technical University Cologne (TH Köln), ILS – Institut für Landes- und Stadtentwicklungsforschung), University Duisburg-Essen, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Université Libre de Bruxelles, University of Vienna, University of Copenhagen, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Ghent University, KU Leuven, ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
We wish to carry forward this dialogue with many more universities and knowledge institutions and this is an open call to join this program. 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!