Using the SURE-Network for teaching exchange

From 3-7 April 2017 SURE Secretary-General Dr. Martina Artmann (IOER Dresden, Germany) visited SURE Treasurer Prof. Cristian Ioja at the Centre for Environmental Research and Impact Studies, University Bucharest, Romania. During her stay she was giving a lecture on “Cities: sealed – compact – green? Challenges and options for urban soil sealing management” for the master study module on “Multicriteria Environmental Assessment”. Since the topic on urban soil sealing management is underrepresented in Romanian research, the students could learn on the demand and best practices for an efficient soil sealing management in general and in particular for approaching compact and green cities. Prof. Ioja arranged also a great geographical excursion to the center of Romania including industrial, medieval, compact and revitalized cities (Bucharest – Sinaia – Brasov – Bran – Sibiu – Sighisoara) providing the chance to deepen discussions on urban ecological issues as well as ongoing and future cooperation.  This visit should motivate also other SURE members to use the network not only to promote student exchange but also to promote teaching exchanges.

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SURE Summer School 21 to 26 August 2017 in Bucharest (Romania) : „Urban Climate Change Challenge: Monitoring, Assessment & Adaptation“

The summer school wants to provide structured information, skill development and capacity building related to climate change challenges in urban areas, with a primary focus of creating an active pool of young scientists that tackle the major sustainability challenges facing future generations.

The Summer School will be organized by the SURE Chapter Central Europe.

Application is open for doctoral and post-doctoral students from now until 15 May 2017.


International Workshop 6-9 July 2017 in Bucharest: Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Urban Planning

The workshop of the South East Europe Chapter is aiming to represent a platform of debates which will help scientists, public administration and other stakeholders exchange experiences on the use of Green Infrastructures (GI) in the sustainable planning of cities.

SURE Summer School 3 – 8 July 2017 in Salzburg

The Summer School will be organized by the SURE Chapter Central Europe.

The course content will be „Sustainability of environment and development in urban regions – The case of Salzburg region, Austria“.

Application is already closed.

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Workshops on Urban Agriculture 10 – 13 January 2017 in Bogotá, Colombia:

Different themes under the main subject „Urban Agriculture“, collaboration of EcoNat, Instituto Humboldt Colombia and the Society for Urban Ecology.

Natureparif provides a new educational animated video „Urbanism, architecture and biodiversity: when nature inspires cities and buildings“

Natureparif is the regional agency for nature and biodiversity in Paris region. Since 2008, Natureparif works with local actors on biodiversity issues, providing knowledge and tools regarding urban planning, green space management or construction.

Nature as a source of innovation for cities and buildings !

There is a new publication out now: Labor Forces and Landscape Management by Shimizu, Hiroyuki, Takatori, Chika, Kawaguchi, Nobuko. The book:

– proposes a new concept of „landscape management labor accounts“

– presents case studies that provide a balance between theoretical development and actual evidence

– contains contributions by authors from various academic fields including urban planning, landscape planning, agriculture, forestry, sociology, and ecology