8. Webinar: Assessing Transatlantic Exchange on Urban Revitalization - What works, what doesn’t? – Shaping Future Programming

The regeneration of older industrial cities remains a challenge for U.S. and European countries. Although the legal, policy, political and community contexts are different, researcher and policymakers in European and US cities have long compared approaches to urban regeneration with an eye toward replicating successful programs and policies. Join this workshop for an interactive discussion on experiences and perspectives on (1) successful trans-Atlantic peer learning experiences; and (2) concrete outcomes, including changes in program or policy, that have resulted from peer learning activities.

Tamar Shapiro (non-resident fellow Urban Institute, former President and CEO of Center for Community Progress) presented her assessment and discussed it in a webinar on February 7th.

The recording is available at our Webinare page.

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7. Webinar: Global Warming: What can we learn from the COP24 meeting?

Speakers: Prof. Dr. Reimund Schwarze, Dr. Oleksandr Sushchenko, Hannes Rassmann

In December 2018, politicians and scientists from around the globe met in Katowice to evaluate the status of climate change, which is broadly considered to threatening sustainability and resilience of societies around the world. A team of social science researchers with backgrounds as different as international law, political economy and social ethnology from the German research center "UFZ" followed the COP24 meeting in Poland. At this webinar they report on their experiences and assessments.

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6. Webinar: Live-Streaming: At the Frontiers of U.S.-German Urban Transformation Research

We will be streaming live from Washington, D.C., Resources for the Future meeting of!

9:00       Intro

Short presentations + Q&A by hosts of event setting the scene.

  • Ann Bartuska, Vice President RFF Land, Water and Nature (LWN) Program
  • Stephan Bartke, UFZ: A short introduction of the Platform
  • Annette Gatchett, EPA: The history of US-German Bilateral Working Group

9:30       Pitches and presentations by participants

  • Reimund Schwarze, UFZ and European University Viadrina
    "Using Fulbright support for climate and extreme events risk research"
  • Detlef Grimski, German Environment Agency
    "Stakeholder needs for research for sustainable land-use"
  • Britta Bierwagen, US Environmental Protection Agency
    "Community Resilience Research at EPA"
  • Allison Reilly, University of Maryland, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    "Repeated disasters and the costs for FEMA: Insights from the Public Assistance Program"
  • Kris Wernstedt, Virginia Tech Urban Planning
    "The Risk of Resilience"
  • Leidy Klotz, University of Virginia VA Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture
    "Nudging Designers: Choice Architecture for More Resilient Infrastructure"
  • Mike Gerst, University of Maryland, Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center
    "Development of Resilience Indicators in Maryland Communities"
  • Casey Wichman, Resources For the Future
    "Who pays to replace water infrastructure in the U.S.?"

Join without prior registration online! - Just visit our site and follow instructions!

Read more … is coming (back) to D.C. - Join us in July 17-20!

We are coming back to Washington, D.C. - July 17-20!

As part of and in continuation of the U.S. - German bilateral collaboration on making municipalities more sustainable, we are organizing different events and workshops in D.C.

Meetings include

  • field trips at Long Birdge Park
  • workshop at The US Green Building Council
  • strategic event and discussions at the German Embassy
  • exchange on research frontlines at Resources for the Future

... all oriented at facilitating new German - U.S. collaboration.

You can find first details in a tentative agenda here:

Read more … Summer School in Bochum on Structural Change and Brownfield Recycling

Vom 21.5. bis zum 25.5. fand in Bochum und dem Ruhrgebiet die im Rahmen des Netzwerkes (Research in Germany, City of tomorrow) unterstützte Summer School zum Thema : Structural Change and Brownfield Recycling in Germany. statt. Geleitet wurde die Summer School von Prof. Sabine Martin, Kansas State University, und Prof. Dr. Rolf Heyer. Beiträge kamen von Dr. Stephan Bartke, Umweltforschungszentrum Leipzig, Detlef Grimski vom Umweltbundesamt, von Prof. Reimund Schwarze, Umweltforschungszentrum Leipzig, und Heike Brauckhoff von der Bochumer Veranstaltungs GmbH. Neben zwei Vortrags- und Diskussionstagen, standen am 23.5. die Exkursion zu Bochumer Beispielen des Strukturwandels (siehe Foto von der Exkursion auf Mark 51°7) und am 25.5. der Besuch auf Phoenix, in Gelsenkirchen-Bismarck, auf Zollverein und im Landschaftspark Duisburg im Mittelpunkt. Die Teilnehmer kamen aus den USA, Mexiko, Brasilien, Polen, der Türkei, Ecuador, dem Iran und Deutschland.


The Summer School on "Structural Change and Brownfield Rcycling in Germany" has brought together students and professionals from the US and Germany in Bochum. Bochum is in the heart of the Ruhr-Area - a region characterized by dramatic structural change and industrial heritage.

The summer school links presentations - that are also live streamed to the web - and excursions to the remarkable places of brownfield revitalisation in the area, including the Jahrhunderthalle and former car production of Opel and mobile phone production of Nokia to Zeche Zollverein.

See Summer School Details for the agenda and links to the livestreams.

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URBAN FUTURE global conference

The URBAN FUTURE global conference is the World’s largest meeting point of CityChangers: committed people that actually drive change to make cities more sustainable. At the URBAN FUTURE we met mayors, architects, mobility experts, city planners, scientists, sustainability managers, representatives from Start-Ups, environmentalists, innovation experts and many more.

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