The Society for Urban Ecology (SURE)
South Eastern Europe chapter workshop and EC meeting in Sinaia, 8-11 April 2024

South Eastern Europe chapter workshop and EC meeting in Sinaia, 8-11 April 2024

Events 2024

Between April 8 and 11, 2024, the Executive Committee of the Society for Urban Ecology met at the Cumpătu Zoo in Sinaia, Romania.

The meeting of the Executive Committee was preceded by the workshop of the South Eastern Chapter of the Society for Urban Ecology, entitled Challenges in Societal Sharing of Urban Ecology Research, co-organized with the Research Institute of the University of Bucharest, and the Center for Environmental Research and Impact Studies.

The workshop explored the main challenges of transferring urban ecology research to stakeholders, including public institutions, public and private companies, NGOs, and citizens. During the workshop, several works were presented:

  • Professor Jurgen Breuste (SURE President, University of Hildesheim) – The garden city approach in urban planning
  • Professor Junxiang Li (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) – Urban Climate Change and the Associated Human Mortality in Shanghai, China
  • Professor Martina Artmann (SURE General Secretary, Freising University of Applied Sciences) – Opportunities in Society for Urban Ecology for students
  • Niță Mihai, Gavrilidis Athanasios (University of Bucharest) – Nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation in Brasov metropolitan area – Carmine project
  • Cigdem Coskun Hepcan, Aybuke Canguzel, Ahsen Tugce Yuksel, Serif Hepcan (Ege University of Izmir) – Heat Exposure of Vulnerable Population in Izmir
  • Akbar Rahimi (University of Tabriz) – Why is Lake Urmia drying up? Climate change OR Human factors
  • Alexandru-Ionut Petrisor, Antonio Valentin Tache, Oana Catalina Popescu (Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest), Planning for the green belt of Bucharest: challenges and opportunities
  • Florian Bodescu (Multidimension), Marilena Onete (Institute of Biology of the Romanian Academy), Cristian Ioja – Urban ecosystem services in Romanian cities – MAES perspectives
  • Cristian Ioja, Diana Onose, Gabriel Vânău (University of Bucharest) – Benchmarking the citizen sciences initiative related to climate change adaptation – ScienceUs project.

Professor Andrzej Mizgajski (Poland) and Professor Meryem Hayir Kanat (Yildiz Technical University of Istanbul) also participated in the discussions.

It should be noted that different projects were presented during the workshop, such as: Carmine (Horizon EUROPE HORIZON-CL5-2023-D1-01 – Climate-Resilient Development Pathways in Metropolitan Regions of Europe, coordinated by the National Meteorological Administration, within which the University of Bucharest is a partner), ScienceUs (HORIZON-WIDERA-2023-ERA-01-08 – Integration of citizen SCIENCE best practices to UpScale and maximize projects impact related to Green Deal and EU missions, coordinated by Universidad Autonoma de Madrid) and ResilientCoasts2Climate (IPA II – Climate Change Adaptation Grant Program – Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment of Urban Coastal Districts in İzmir, financed by the European Union and Turkey, where Society for Urban Ecology is partner).

Twenty students of the Master’s degree programs of the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Geography, also attended the workshop, where they interacted actively with SURE members.

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