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Erasmus University joins €25 million project working on sustainable energy for ports

Two organisations within Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) are part of a project that has been awarded nearly € 25 million in EU funding for a project that will improve the sustainability of ports in the European Union. In total 45 organisations will be collaborating in an international alliance working on a Horizon2020 project under the Green Deal Call to boost the green and digital transition. The project, led by the Port of Rotterdam, is expected to start in September 2021 and will run for five years.

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Vacancies Erasmus UPT

Erasmus UPT sees its activities growing and is looking for reinforcements. We are looking for passionate junior and senior researchers who like to stand in between the academic environment and practice and who can help that practice to a higher level with targeted research and advice.

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AIVP Port City Talks webinar

The next webinar of the AIVP Port City Talks, will take place on Thursday 1st July 2021 from 3pm to 4pm (CEST). This time the focus lies on Human Capital Development, focusing on formation and training, with three excellent speakers from IPER, UNCTAD and Puertos del Estado, with the moderation of Maurice Jansen, AIVP expert in the topic. There will be live translation into French and Spanish. More information soon! 

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PhD defence Paolo De Martino: Land in Limbo

On 17 May, Paolo De Martino defends his PhD thesis 'Land in Limbo: Understanding path dependencies at the intersection of the port and city of Naples'. 

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Thesis internship World Port Days Rotterdam

The World Port Days in Rotterdam is one of the world’s largest maritime community engagement events. During this annual event of three days, various companies who are active in the port demonstrate their activities, either on the water, on the quay side as well as on site. In recent years, the World Port Days attract over 300,000 people to Rotterdam. The research project is to assess the online programme offerings which have been offered by other event organisations in the Netherlands and abroad. The aim of the internship project is an advice for the World Port Days programme.

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MOOC

PortCityFutures has been given the opportunity to develop a MOOC: (Re)Imagining Port Cities: Understanding Space, Society and Culture. In this course we will analyze examples of port cities from a multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural perspective. You will develop the skills to identify and address the challenges port cities face now and into the future. It will launch May 2021.

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Vacancy Time Travel project

PortCityFutures offers two positions for 18 months in the Time Travel project. The first position is a 0,5 FTE offered at the HCU Hamburg https://www.hcu-hamburg.de/universitaet/stellenausschreibungen/ for someone with an urban planning/urban history background. Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is hiring a 1,0 post-doctoral researcher for interdisciplinary research on machine learning applications for analyzing historic maps. 

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Climate Adaptation Summit 2021

The international Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 will take place from the Netherlands on 25 and 26 January. The event is aimed at finding solutions that can help us adapt better to a changing climate. The Dutch UNESCO Commission is organizing a side event about the role that culture and heritage can play in this. Registration is required to attend the Climate Adaptation Summit and to gain access to the various online side events. You can register free of charge via the website of the Climate Adaptation Summit.

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Master in Sustainable Planning and Design of Port Areas

The Master in Sustainable Planning and Design of Port Areas starts again! This year the teaching activities will be held mainly online, expanding the opportunities for discussion with international experts. For further information you can write to the Coordinator: maria.cerreta@unina.it
We look forward to seeing you for a new exciting learning experience!

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Book: Port Geography and Hinterland Development Dynamics Insights from Major Port-cities of the Middle East

This book illustrates and discusses the main characteristics of port-city development dynamics with a focus on the fast-growing city-states of the Middle East, which are emerging as key players in logistics and the global supply chain.
Author(s): Mina Akhavan

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Sharjah Architecture Triennial podcast

Mina Akhavan was invited to participate in a podcast, SATtalks, for Sharjah Architecture Triennial based in the Emirates. This podcasts' subject is architecture and infrastructure. 
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Article: In the hands of a few: Disaster recovery committee networks

Read the new article co-authored by Andrew Littlejohn, Timothy Fraser, Daniel P. Aldrich, and Andrew Small on disaster recovery governance in port areas. 
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Conference: Water, Megacities and Global Change

EauMega Second International Conference « Water, Megacities and Global Change »
Online Pre-Conference 7-11 December 2020
Following the postponement of the Second International Conference "Water, Megacities and Global Change" to December 2021, the Steering and Programme Committees propose to hold an online pre-conference event from 7 to 11 December 2020.

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Conference: Caumme

The Mediterranean and Middle East regions have long played an integral, if sometimes volatile, role in the urbanization of the world. The Mediterranean littoral has witnessed rapid growth of population between the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century, from 281 million to 470 million inhabitants.  

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Webinar: Escenarios para las ciudades puerto durante y luego del COVID-19

Next week on monday 07 September, the Departamento de Negocios Internacionales e Integración from the Universidad Católica del Uruguay will organise a webinar on scenarios for port cities during and after COVID-19. It will be hosted by three members of our International Advisory Board: Prof. Stephen RamosFernando Puntigliano and Vicent Esteban-Chapapría. Everyone is welcome, feel free to join!

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New Portus Plus publication

Games can be of great use when teaching children, but also for explaining more complecated matters like port city facilities and functions. Carola Hein published an article in new issue the online magazine of RETE, Portus Plus, about port cultures and games.

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MOOC

PortCityFutures has been given the opportunity to develop two MOOCs on Port Cities and Urban Delta and on Water and Culture. Stay tuned for more information.

Planned launch May 2021

Guest post Leiden-Delft-Erasmus magazine June 2020

Port cities are hubs of opportunities, wealth and diversity. How can these cities work on an inclusive society? We wrote a blog for the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus magazine where we explore the hyperdiversive city of Rotterdam!

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Call for papers: Urban Planning Journal

The Urban Planning Journal is open for submissions for their upcoming issue: Planning for Porosity: Exploring Port City Development through the Lens of Boundaries and Flows, which will be edited by Carola Hein.
Deadline for abstract submission: 1-15 September 2020

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Call for papers: CPCL

The European Journal of Creative Practices in Cities and Landscapes (CPCL) is open for submissions for their upcoming issue: Port City Cultures, Values, or Maritime Mindsets: How to define and assess what makes port cities special, which will be edited by Carola Hein, Sabine Luning and Paul van de Laar.
Deadline for paper submission: Dec 2020

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RETE webinars: port-city scenarios during and after the COVID-19

During the Corona crisis, RETE will be organizing several webinars to discuss port-city relations with the consequences of COVID-19. It has an undeniable impact on our day to day lives and leaves us with questions about what's in front of us and how to move forward. The first webinar discussed the future impact of COVID-19 and how port-cities can serve as laboratories to research the consequences of the Coronavirus. The next webinar, organised by Carola Hein, takes place on May 18th.

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Call for papers: PortusPlus

PortusPlus is an open-access journal, peer reviewed and indexed, dedicated to the multidisciplinary study of themes concerning the relationship between ports and cities and urban waterfronts. They are open for submission on their next issue on "Research Themes" ,  inviting experts, professionals, researchers and scholars.  Deadline submission paper: May 31, 2020

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Call for papers: Urban Planning

The Urban Planning open access journal is open for submissions for their upcoming issue: Planning for Porosity: Exploring Port City Development through the Lens of Boundaries and Flows, which will be edited by our PCF team member Carola Hein. Deadline abstracts: 1-15 September 2020

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PortCityFutures has started a blog

This blog is a collaboration of all PortCityFutures mebers with posts ranging from scientific articles to critical points of view and even reviews of cultural events. Every week we will launch a new blog, so follow us on Twitter if you dont want to miss out! We will notify you of new posts and other interesting port news. 

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New publication: Adaptive Strategies for Water Heritage

A new Port City Futures related book is out now! The new Open Access Publication Adaptive Strategies for Water Heritage (ed. Carola Hein) features several chapters on port cities.

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Roundtable discussion of Water Heritage

Last week the International LDE-Heritage conference "Heritage and the Sustainable Development Goals" took place. Port City Futures participated in the roundtable discussion of Water Heritage, where the chair Carola Hein and Tino Mager raised three main questions:

1) What has water shaped space, society and culture around the globe? 
2) What geographical spaces, methodological approaches, themes and case studies ought to be added to the existing research? 
3) How can water heritage research help shape the emergence of more sustainable societies? 

Focusing on these three key issues, the participants showed their opinions on the table from multiple perspectives. The participants each have different understanding of water and water heritage, and the discussion and debates started with asking the question "what do we mean by water"?

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MSP Game: Gamification on Spatial planning and coastal management

On the 3rd of December 2019, the Department of Architecture of Naples (DiARC) will host a game for the MSP challenge, using Naples as a background with the aim to define short, medium and long term to define scenarios about port-city relations and land-water interconnections. The MSP Challenge games have been developed in light of the implementation of the European Framework Directive 1 (2014/89) on Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) and the opportunities it gives for Ecosystem Based Maritime Spatial Development (EBMSD).
Students and professors from IUAV will join students, researchers, professors and decision-makers in Naples to play together. The workshop will provide a first glimpse of a forthcoming film on port-city-region development entitled « Communicating Complexity » conceived by Carola Hein and Paolo De Martino from TUDelft as part of PortCityFutures with funding from NWO (KIEM) and in collaboration with several partners such as RETE, AIVP, Naples port authority and the Learning Center in Dunkirk. 

Vacancy: Call for Postdoc student

Port City Futures is looking for a Postdoc student! The Postdoc will have in-depth knowledge of port city literature and social scientific theories and methods (anthropology, cultural geography, sociology). They should be able to conceptualize and theorize port city region’s relationships, cultures, and institutions as they occur in and through space. He/she will collaborate with researchers from diverse disciplines in Leiden, Delft and Erasmus and is expected to commute to these locations.

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Open call for post master students

Spend a year in Napels working on the topic of sustainable port-city relations! Post master students can apply now for the master program Pianificazione e progettazione sostenibile delle aree Iortuali.  The course aimes to train professionals capable of integrating planning and design with knowledge coming from socio-economic and ecological-environmental fields of research. In addition, issues related to governance and regulatory framework of port areas are central aspects within the course. The educational project is based on three fundamental elements: 1. "port areas", analysed as parts of the city, and investigated according to a logic that goes beyond the sectoral approach, rather in a systemic perspective; 2. "planning and design", conceived as activities based on the creative integration of the relationship between the planning regulations and the future design. This is strongly related to financial, economic and multi-dimensional evaluation approaches; 3. "sustainability", framed as the main objective of the planning design, aimed at improving economic / management efficiency, environmental protection, quality of the relationship between nature and artifice. 

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Vacancy: Call for PhD (or PD) students

Under the auspices of the Graduate School of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, the Leiden Delft Erasmus (LDE) Research Program PortCityFutures, launches the special PhD programme PortCityFutures. Besides this, we are aiming to hire three PHD (or two PHD and one PD) to work with the faculty members involved. Together they will develop a methodology that can be repeated in other geographical areas. The group will work within the PortCityFutures context on social, spatial and human values and long-term port city region relations. The call will remain open on a rolling basis.

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