WAVE Living Lab in Bacoli, Italy​

WAVE Living Lab in Bacoli, Italy​

From September 18th to September 27th, students from universities around Europe gathered in Bacoli, just north of Naples, Italy, to design a development plan for Lake Fusaro as part of the WAVE (Water Areas Vision for Europe) Erasmus+ Project. Lake Fusaro is the largest lake of the Phlegraean Fields and, as we quicky discovered, is far from meeting its full potential. 

The students were divided into five groups, each tackling a different section of the lakefront. After touring the area and discussing with various stakeholders, students brainstormed challenges and potentials for the lake, each group taking its own approach to problem analysis. It became apparent that, from an urban planning and design perspective, there are many issues in the area – poor accessibility, lack of pedestrian infrastructure, illegal & unplanned urban development, high levels of pollution, and poor ecosystem management, to name a few. 

From these analyses, students came up with solutions, each group creating a vision for their section of the lakefront area. These visions were communicated through comprehensive designs, using a variety of different artistic, mapping, and design methodologies. They were then able to share these visions with various stakeholders, resulting in a very successful project overall.

It was a privilege that the ISOCARP Institute was able to participate in this inspiring event, and we look forward to future Labs.

For an overview of the outcomes, check out the dissemination video (a mix of English and Italian) below, as well as the gallery of photos (photo credit: Didier Vancutsem, Antonio Acierno, & Taliah Dommerholt).

Students with their certificates of successful course completion.

ISOCARP UPAT at Lake Chapala, Mexico

ISOCARP UPAT at Lake Chapala, Mexico

ISOCARP Institute and ISOCARP Society recently helped organize, facilitate, and carry out a UPAT Design Planning Workshop in Chapala, Mexico, on the topic of waterfront urban development. From August 1st to 6th, an international group of ISOCARP members participated in the UPAT, working together to address the various challenges along Chapala’s shoreline and develop comprehensive solutions. Coordinated by former ISOCARP Vice President Paco Perez and sponsored by a group of municipalities and civil society groups from around Lake Chapala, the purpose of the UPAT was to develop a relevant, realistic, and sustainable masterplan with key strategies for managing the lake and its surroundings, helping the area to realize its full potential while celebrating its heritage.

The ISOCARP UPAT team and student assistants, together with municipal and community representatives at Lake Chapala (photo credit: Ric Stephens).

During our time in Mexico, we had the privilege of meeting with an array of political and civil society representatives, including elected officials, municipal representatives, environmental experts, and tourism interest groups. We were also able to tour the expansive lake front, visiting various sites in the surrounding towns. In addition to a breath-taking boat ride and many opportunities throughout the tour to gain a better understanding of what the various areas around the lake have to offer, we also enjoyed a lunch of birrieria and life-changing tortillas, hill-side wine tasting, and a chance to sample the legendary nieves de garrafa (in short, we were not under-fed).

Based on our preliminary research, meetings with stakeholders, and first-hand experiences, we determined the main challenges and perceived opportunities around the lake and then divided these topics between the team to begin brainstorming solutions. After presenting our initial findings on the final day in Mexico, we have now returned home to our respective countries to write the final report, which will then be compiled and translated by our trusted leader, Rolf Schuett. The report will be made available online, and we look forward to sharing our findings with the global community!  

The final presentation, featuring UPAT coordinator and former ISOCARP Vice President Paco Perez (left) and Rolf Schuett, UPAT team leader (photo credit: Taliah Dommerholt).

We would like to thank the ISOCARP team members Rolf Schuett (team leader), Diana Andrea Giambiagi, Dara Golubovic-Matic, Ric Stephens, and Taliah Dommerholt for their attendance, contributions and highly appreciated ideas. In addition to the ISOCARP team, we could not have been successful without Walter Rast, senior expert of the International Lake Environment Committee (ILEC), and the assistance of the young planning professionals, Esteban Contreras, Deni Hernandez Castaneda, Sebastian Pacheco Velazquez, Ana Karen Pimienta Reynoso, Andres Rodriguez Von Hauske, and Donaji “Mave” Fiallo Zurita.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: INTERN

JOB OPPORTUNITY: INTERN

Intern position at ISOCARP Institute  

Den Haag, Netherlands

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About us 

The ISOCARP Institute is the research spin-off of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), based in The Hague, the Netherlands. With over five decades of accumulated knowledge and expertise in urban and regional planning, ISOCARP as a non-profit organisation with individual and institutional members in 85 countries worldwide, initiated the Institute as a Center for Urban Excellence – a think-tank empowering individuals, organisations, and institutions to achieve better human settlements. The Institute’s core function is to conduct research and promote knowledge transfer, offer advice and short-term consultancy services, as well as design, and deliver capacity development and continuing education programmes. The institute is involved in several EU research projects, offers technical assistance globally, as well as engaged in capacity development projects with other international partners. 

Job profile of an Intern:  

We are seeking an intern (32 hours/week) for 6 months (with a possibility of extension) interested in urban topics. The intern will support and assist us in the management and delivery of our EU and international projects. To apply for this position, you must have at least bachelor’s degree or are enrolling in a master’s course and have work and residence permit in the Netherlands.

Responsibilities: 

Projects: 

  1. Supporting research activities (e.g., data gathering & analysis, report writing, etc.) for on-going EU projects. 
  2. Experience in quantitative and qualitative analysis is a plus.
  3. Supporting communication with partners, act as a liaison between the organisation, the public and the media through different (digital) channels.

Capacity building: 

  1. Supporting the delivery of capacity building activities, in terms of coordination and content creation, including training modules, animation of online and in-person trainings and workshops.
  2. Supporting stakeholder (e.g., local governments, civil associations, NGOs, etc.) engagement activities. 

Project proposals: 

  • Assisting in the acquisition of new projects (i.e., Horizon Europe, etc.) including desk research and writing. 

In addition, you: 

  1. Can take initiative, bring a hands-on mentality, and enjoy working in a young, dynamic, and international environment. 
  2. Are a cooperative team player but also can work independently if necessary. 

Requirements:

  1. You hold at least a bachelor’s degree or are enrolling in a master’s program in Social Sciences or related discipline with a strong interest in urban issues.  
  2. Good knowledge on urban issues such as environmental justice, just transition, Green New Deal, smart cities, etc. is a plus. 
  3. You have skills in documentation and data management. 
  4. Experience with MS Office and/or Adobe Photoshop or InDesign. 
  5. You have excellent command of the English language, both verbal and written. Other European languages are an asset. 
  6. Available from September 2022 or earlier for a period of 6 months, at least 4 days per week. 
  7. You have a legitimate work and residence permit in the Netherlands.

What do we offer: 

  1. Work in an exciting, multi-disciplinary international team in a well-located office in the Hague (Den Haag HS). 
  2. Opportunity to gain hands-on-experience in real EU-projects in a friendly and encouraging working environment. 
  3. The opportunity to develop yourself through varied assignments. 
  4. Flexibility in distributing your working hours, working from home also possible. 
  5. 500 EUR /month (for 32hours per week) + holidays allowance

How to apply: 

Please apply using this application form. Only applications using this form will be accepted. 

For questions about the application, please send an email to Dr. Yirang Lim (Project Manager): lim@isocarp-institute.org 

Deadline to apply: 15th August, 2022 

To find out more about ISOCARP Institute, please visit our website https://www.isocarp-institute.org/ 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: EU Project Manager

JOB OPPORTUNITY: EU Project Manager

EU Project Manager at ISOCARP Institute  

Den Haag, Netherlands 

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About us 

The ISOCARP Institute is the research spin-off of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), based in The Hague, the Netherlands. With over five decades of accumulated knowledge and expertise in urban and regional planning, ISOCARP as a non-profit organisation with individual and institutional members in 85 countries worldwide, initiated the Institute as a Center for Urban Excellence – a think-tank empowering individuals, organisations, and institutions to achieve better human settlements. 

Job profile of a Project Manager:  

We are seeking a full-time staff member interested in urban challenges to carry out project management and support research communication responsibilities. The project manager will manage and support content development in multiple projects, both at the EU and internal levels. To apply for this position, you must have 2-3 years of experience of EU/International project management experience.   

We are looking for someone who can join us as soon as possible. Candidates located in the Netherlands will have priority. ISOCARP Institute accepts candidates from all nationalities. 

Responsibilities: 

  1. Support the implementation of our projects: 
  • Managing the general project implementation of our Horizon 2020 projects 
  • Facilitate and coordinate communication plans with partners and clients, act as a liaison between the organization, the public, and the media through different (digital) channels.   
  • Supporting in the administration of projects financially. Experience in EU budgeting accountancy and financing is a strong asset. 

2. Capacity building: 

  • Support the delivery of capacity building activities, in terms of coordination and content creation, including training modules, animation of online and in-person trainings and workshops; 
  • Have a good knowledge of transition governance processes. Hands-on experience with local level governments or stakeholder engagement is an added value; 

3. Project proposals: 

  • Assisting in the acquisition and research projects (i.e. Horizon 2020 etc.) including: stakeholder engagement, desk research, compilation of relevant research materials, writing proposals, and drafting budgets; 
  • Communicate and actively engage with high-level institutional partners. 

4. In addition, you: 

  • Bring action and hands-on mentality and enjoy working in a young, dynamic, and international environment; 
  • Are a team player, with the ability to engage with internal and external stakeholders; 
  • Can work independently as well as in teams; 
  • Can coordinate several projects simultaneously; 
  • Assists in the acquisition and research of projects, including: stakeholder engagement, desk research, compilation of relevant research materials, and proposal writing. 
  • Have experience in managing and coordinating an international team. 

Requirements: 

  • You hold a master’s degree in social sciences, geography, urban studies, public administration, environmental sciences, or other discipline with a strong interest in the urban spectrum;  
  • You have minimum 2 – 3 years relevant working experience with a focus in EU or international project administration.  
  • You are autonomous and proactive in building and setting up consortia, project ideas etc. 
  • You have documentation skills and data management; 
  • You are able to use develop graphical visual material and Microsoft and Adobe suite programs 
  • You are curious, open-minded, and experienced in the communication with high-level institutional partners; 
  • You have excellent command of the English language, both verbal and written. Other European languages are an asset; 
  • We are looking for someone who can join us as soon as possible. Therefore, those candidates located in the Netherlands will have priority (we accept candidates from all different nationalities). 

What do we offer: 

  • 32 hrs/week (3-4 days) negotiable; 
  • Work in an exciting, multi-disciplinary international team; 
  • The opportunity to develop yourself through varied assignments including presenting results in international events/conferences; 
  • A competitive salary;  
  • Flexibility in distributing your working hours, working from home also possible; 
  • Hands-on-experience in real EU-projects in a friendly, encouraging working environment. 

How to apply: 

Please apply using this application form. Only applications using this form will be accepted. 

If you have any questions please contact info@isocarp-institute.org 

Deadline to apply: 8th June, 2022 

To find out more about ISOCARP Institute, please visit our website https://www.isocarp-institute.org/ 

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ISOCARP Institute participates in WAVE consortium meeting Tartu

ISOCARP Institute participates in WAVE consortium meeting Tartu
January 2022

Last month, ISOCARP Institute participated in the WAVE (Erasmus+) transnational project meeting hosted in Tartu, Estonia by the Estonian University of Life Sciences. Two intense days where the consortium team had the opportunity to observe and experience firsthand the connection of the citizens to the water landscapes in winter. Sauna and swimming in the icy river were two examples of how the community interacts using the nature available in the area.

During the meeting, the consortium discussed the development of the living labs, the structure, and the content of the course that will take place from the 11th March 2022 to the 25th of May 2022. Moreover, we got the opportunity to hear the plans and ambitions for the upcoming Tartu 2024 European Capital of Culture (more information here: https://tartu2024.ee/ )

For more information check:

WAVE Instagram page
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CxC-Consortium Week-1a

4th +CityxChange Consortium Meeting

4th +CityxChange Consortium Meeting

October 18-27th, 2021

CxC-Consortium Week-1a

On the 18th of October, the +CityxChange project kicks off its fourth consortium meeting. This time, the consortium meeting will be held over 1.5 weeks with a series of smaller sessions to share project updates and hearing the challenges and key learnings from each city. The meeting brings together all project partners including Lighthouse and Follower Cities.  

The project is heading into its fourth year of the five-year project and focusing on the finalization and replication phase. With over 69 deliverables submitted and a significant number of milestones achieved, the project team is proud of the ongoing dedication and commitment, especially under extra-ordinary conditions over the last year and a half. 

ISOCARP Institute will be sharing their updates and progress on their role in various work packages and integrating storytelling events to support city partners in their sessions.

Stay tuned for more information on how the consortium week unfolds.  

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JUSTNature Kick-Off Meeting

JUSTNature Kick-Off Meeting

September 15-16, 2021

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On the 15th September 2021, the JUSTNature project was officially kicked-off! JUSTNature is an EU-funded project under the Horizon 2020 framework which aims to support a just transition towards low-carbon cities through Nature-based Solutions (NbS). More information about the project can be found here. 

The Kick-Off Meeting took place online over two days and brought together 19 European partners, including the ISOCARP Institute as well as public administrations, universities, and field experts. Together, the partners introduced the various components of the project and laid out the steps ahead for the coming months. The Kick-Off Meeting was facilitated by the project’s coordinator: EURAC (IT), who ensured fruitful discussions and provided interactive breaks for partners. The meeting also offered a platform for the project team to exchange and become better acquainted with one another. 

The ISOCARP Institute took part in the Kick-Off Meeting and presented its upcoming contribution for communication and dissemination. As a partner of JUSTNature, it will also be involved in other tasks related to research on co-governance and cross-learning activities.  

The Institute is excited to be a part of yet another interesting Horizon 2020 project. We are looking forward to the development of JUSTNature and a productive collaboration with the other project partners. 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: EU Project Assistant at ISOCARP Institute

JOB OPPORTUNITY: EU Project Assistant at ISOCARP Institute (Den Haag, NL)
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The ISOCARP Institute is the research spin-off of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), based in The Hague/Netherlands. With over five decades of accumulated knowledge and expertise in urban and regional planning, ISOCARP as non-profit organisation with individual and institutional members in 85 countries worldwide, initiated the Institute as a Centre for Urban Excellence – a think tank empowering individuals, organisations and institutions to achieve better human settlements. The Institute’s core function is to conduct research and promote knowledge transfer, offer advice and short-term consultancy services, as well as design and deliver capacity building and continuing education programmes. The Institute is involved in several EU research projects, technical assistance globally, engaged in capacity building projects with international partners, and more.

What we look for

We are looking for a full-time staff member interested in urban issues to assist us on delivering our projects. The project assistant will support and assist us in the management of our multiple projects, both, within the EU and at a more international level.  To apply for this position, you need to have at least 2-3 years of experience in EU projects

The ideal candidate is a motivated, independent and creative individual who is able to balance different tasks and responsibilities effectively and collaborate with the ISOCARP Institute team.

Requirements

You hold a master’s degree in Social Sciences or other discipline and a strong interest in the urban spectrum;  

You have minimum 2 years working experience in EU project administration and support, financial experience is a very strong asset. 

You are autonomous and proactive in building and setting up (new) operational processes from scratch; 

You have documentation skills and data management; 

You are curious, open-minded, and experienced in the communication with high-level institutional partners; 

You have excellent command of the English language, both verbal and written. Other European languages are an asset; 

We are looking for someone who can join us as soon as possible. Therefore, those candidates located in the Netherlands will have priority (we accept candidates from all different nationalities).  

What we offer

We offer an energetic and international working environment in a team of young professionals, with a competitive salary and flexible working conditions. The position will be based in The Hague (NL) but can be commenced in a flexible scheme due to restrictions of the pandemic. 

The deadline for application is Sunday, 13 June 2021. Applications will be reviewed upon arrival. 

International applicants:

We accept applications from non-EU citizens. However, we are looking for someone who can join us as soon as possible. Candidates located in the Netherlands will be given priority (we accept candidates from all different nationalities and backgrounds).  

Final Session WAVE – Erasmus+ project on Water Areas Visions for Europe

Final Session WAVE – Erasmus+ project on Water Areas Visions for Europe

The final session of the WAVE training took place last Friday 28th May 2021. The training, part of the Erasmus+ programme, aims at supporting and establishing partnerships with universities, NGOs, schools and other stakeholders to create integrated knowledge for sustainable landscapes in Europe.

The Erasmus+ program does not only encourages high education students to gain applied experience, but it also strengthens European universities’ collaboration, sharing knowledge, research, and education methods.

The final session was hosted by Ms. Ellen Fetzer from the School for Landscape Architecture, Environment, and Urban Planning at HfWU Nürtingen-Geislingen. With around 128 international participants, the last session concludes with the final presentation of goals and visions on water landscapes and visualizations on possible futures by the WAVE seminar participants. 

The course introduced the Living Labs that will serve as a knowledge base for students and stakeholder engagement. The Living Labs are located in the partner cities in Constanta (RO), Bucharest (RO), Naples (IT), Tartu (EE), Brussels (BE), Freising (DE), and Nürtingen (GE).

The WAVE Erasmus+ project catalyzed the creation of a wide range of diverse perspectives on water landscapes. With the support of the ISOCARP Institute over the last two months, the project served as an insightful exercise to visualize and engage with the complexity of natural river patterns and water systems toward integrated nature-conscious strategies on the territory.

The Institute is eager and looking forward to the second generation of this project in the fall and hopes to build on the findings and research that emerged over the course of the last two months with the WAVE Erasmus+ Project.

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ISOCARP Congress – Institute Special Session “Digital Infrastructure for Smart Services and Public Value”

ISOCARP Congress – Special Session “Digital Infrastructure for Smart Urban Services and Public Value”

One of the main activities of ISOCARP is the organisation of the annual World Planning Congress which focuses on a planning theme of foremost international interest. Attended by some 500-750 delegates, ISOCARP World Planning Congresses are small enough for a personal interchange of ideas on a given theme, yet big enough to encompass a broad professional and international range. The Congresses are open to ISOCARP Members, but our Society warmly welcomes non-members (individuals, parties or organisations). The Congress provides a platform for establishing professional as well as personal contacts with colleagues from all around the world.

The 56th ISOCARP World Planning Congress “Post-Oil City. Planning for Urban Green Deals” is held virtually from 8 November 2020 to 4 February 2021. ISOCARP Institute is proud to host the Special Session “Digital Infrastructure for Smart Urban Services and Public Value ” on 9 December 2020, 1.30 pm CET.

The session will reflect on how cities can support the ecological transition by providing more sustainable urban services (i.e. energy, health, mobility, etc.) and improving the quality of life of citizens. This session is relevant especially for those cities which are introducing smart and green pilot projects in their local contexts, and seek for collaboration with local communities and actors to achieve a successful implementation. Direct experiences from the EU projects where ISOCARP Institute is involved will be presented.  

Format of the session 

The session is conceived to be as much as possible engaging and interactive. The keynote speaker presentation will provide meaningful insights and inspire the rest of the session. The presentation of two projects where ISOCARP Institute is involved are meant to encourage the debate and the comparison with other projects and local initiatives. The third part of the session is entirely dedicated to the exchange of ideas and experiences, supported by engaging online tools. 

Programme 

  • 13.30 – 13.40 | ISOCARP Institute introduction

    13.40 – 14.00 | Keynote Presentation: Assembling sustainable smart city transitions 
                              Luca Mora, Professor of Urban Innovation, Business School of Edinburgh Napier University

    14.00 – 14.10 | Q&A Session

    14.10 – 14.25 | ISOCARP Institute projects presentation: (+CityxChangeVARCITIES)
                             Dirk Ahlers, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (for +CityxChange)
                             Denia Koloktsa, Professor (Associate) of Technical University of Crete (for VARCITIES)
                             Pietro Elisei, President-elect ISOCARP

    14.25 – 14.55 | Online Workshop  (discussion, sharing experiences, team brainstorming)

    14.55 – 15.00 | Closing

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Moderators

  • Didier Vancutsem – Director of ISOCARP Institute
  • Federico Aili – ISOCARP Institute

Keynote Speaker 

Luca is an Associate Professor of Urban Innovation at the Business School of Edinburgh Napier University, where he is also leading the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Subject Group. Luca is also Professor of Urban Innovation at Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech), where he is collaborating in delivering the €32 million Horizon 2020 project FinEst Twins. Over the course of his professional career, Luca has committed himself to improving the quality of knowledge production and dissemination processes related to urban and regional innovation management in the digital era. His research is interdisciplinary in nature and links urban studies, innovation studies and computer science. Luca’s main research interests include: technology-driven urban and regional innovation dynamics; technology-driven urban sustainability processes; smart city development projects and strategies; Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3); and strategic planning for smart cities and RIS3. Luca is offering a strong support to the emerging scientific and technical developments of urban and regional innovation management. He has a sustained track-record of producing high-quality publication outputs and has contributed to delivery several research and consultancy projects, mainly supported by EU funding schemes (7FP, Horizon 2020). These projects have resulted in the production of new knowledge and innovative products and processes which are helping industry, government, universities and civil society to exploit their collective intelligence and generate the collaborate ecosystems required for developing smart environments that enable urban infrastructure to operate in a more sustainable manner.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions.