Activities in the Competence Field Metropolitan Research
Welcome to the website of the Competence Field Metropolitan Research. Find out about the latest activities and important dates and events.
First Metropolitan Research (KoMet) Day in Essen Explores the Future of Mobility in the Ruhr Region
The Ruhr region urgently needs to rethink its traffic systems and transport programmes. How to implement such change in the region was the subject of debate and discussion at the first KoMet day, hosted by the Ruhr University Alliance’s Metropolitan Research Competence Field on 4 November 2019 at Zollverein in Essen. Visions, innovative approaches and feasible solutions to current challenges in the field of transport were presented by KoMet in cooperation with its partners Emschergenossenschaft, Stiftung Zollverein, Stiftung Mercator and Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr.
After futurologist Kai Jannek from Z_punkt in Cologne held a presentation on utopias for the future of mobility, KoMet scientists Prof. Dr. Johannes Weyer (TU Dortmund University), Prof. Dr. Jochen Gönsch (University of Duisburg-Essen), Prof. Dr. Michael Roos (Ruhr University Bochum) and Prof. Dr. J. Alexander Schmidt (University of Duisburg-Essen) presented new ideas and possibilities for heralding in a turnaround in transport. Guest lectures by Prof. Dr. Kay Axhausen (ETH Zurich), Felix Hoesch (Cantonal Council of Zurich), Prof. Dr. Bert van Wee (TU Delft) and Dr. Thomas Klinger (Goethe University Frankfurt) showed how mobility can work in other regions. Following these presentations by internal and external experts and a round of feedback from Prof. Dr. Uli Paetzel (Chairman of the Emschergenossenschaft Executive Board), Associate Prof. Dr. Ani Melkonyan-Gottschalk (University of Duisburg-Essen), Michael Zyweck (Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr), Frank Joneit (Regionalverband Ruhr) and Dr. Andreas Schmidt (German Aerospace Center) discussed the prospects for implementing new, multimodal and sustainable concepts of "Smart Mobility" in the Ruhr Metropolitan Region. An exhibition also presented guests and conference participants the opportunity to inform themselves about bike-sharing, electric scooters, electric cars, cargo bikes and current research projects.
Conference with the Emschergenossenschaft - Transformation of the Emscher-Quarters
Photo: EGLV/Kirsten Neumann
The third conference organized by the KoMet and the Emschergenossenschaft was held on the 1st of July in the Lensing-Carrée Conference Center (LCC) in Dortmund. More than 100 participants discussed recent social and political challenges related to the urban neighborhoods in the Emscher region from a scientific and practical perspective. Starting with a key note presentation from Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Heitmeyer (Bielefeld University) the forthcoming input presentations were held by Prof. Dr. Jörg-Peter Schräpler (RUB), Prof. Dr. Susanne Frank (TU DO), Dr. Heike Hanhörster (ILS) and Michael von der Mühlen (NRW Staatssekretär a.D.). The closing panel discussion gave an insight to specific practical questions and future challenges.
Kick-off event Ruhr Lecture 2018/19
"The Future of the Ruhr Region: Beyond 2018 and the End of Mining" is the topic of the sixth edition of the Ruhr Lecture started on October 16th 2018 at the University of Duisburg-Essen. After the welcome addresses by Dr. Hans Stallmann (Coordinator UA Ruhr) and Prof. Eberhard Schmitt (Director of Communication and Sustainability of the RAG-Stiftung), Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Noll (Chairman of the Zollverein Foundation) and Prof. Dr. Barbara Buchenau (Vice-Rector for Social Responsibility, Diversity and International Affairs at the University of Duisburg-Essen) gave a lecture on current challenges regarding the sustainable and future-oriented development of the Ruhr Region. This semester the Ruhr Lecture is organized by the Competence Field Metropolitan Research in cooperation with the RAG Foundation. The lecture is highlighting current issues of the Ruhr Region on a total of six dates. Click here for the Ruhr Lecture Program.
BISTUS IV started discussing Shrinking Cities and Ageing Societies worldwide
The fourth edition of the Bochum International Seminar on the Transformation of Urban Spaces (BISTUS IV) started in October, led by Prof. Fumihiko Seta from the Department of Urban Engineering at the University of Tokyo. The focus of the international and interdisciplinary Seminar is the link between the ageing of societies and the urban transformation of shrinking cities. BISTUS was organized by the Department of Geography of the RUB (part of the Competence Field). The students represent diverse Master’s programmes from the three Universities of the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr) as well as exchange students from Mexico and Spain.
KoMet takes part in the SommerCampus 2018 about healthy municipalities
In August KoMet scientists of the research field Urban Health participated at the SommerCampus 2018. The Campus was a joint cooperation together with the State Health Center of North Rhine-Westphalia (LZG) and different universities of Bochum.
The scientists discussed approaches of metropolitan research on urban health and their potential for rural areas, also from a perspective of local politics.
06.07.2018 - Workshop 'Perspectives in Metropolitan Research' at the RUB Japan Science Days
As a co-organizer, the Competence Field Metropolitan Research organized a workshop at the RUB Japan Science Days 2018. KoMet scientists discussed together with invited Japanese scientists perspectives of metropolitan research on the main theme Society 5.0. Also the Japanese guest were invited by the Emschergenossen-
schaft to a joint excursion in the Emscher valley.
'Interspaces': an innovative approach to explore urban structures
At the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome (Max Planck Institute) in June 2018 Prof. Dr. Christof Berns (Institute for Archaeological Sciences, RUB) and Prof. Dr. Cornelia Jöchner (Institute for Art History, RUB) presented their initiative for an international collaborative research on interspaces. Also involved was the German Archaeological Institute, Rome. Berns and Jöchner pointed out that urban spaces are traditionally characterized by the search for ideality, e.g. through the identification of individual monuments or the dominance of planning. On the other hand, hardly any scientific adjustments are made to planning, unplanned phenomena, "counter spaces" and the often politically elimination of interspaces. With the interlocutors in Rome, the initiative for an international conference at the RUB in 2019 was arranged, which pursues such issues in an interdisciplinary framework.
Mercator Foundation supports the Competence Field Metropolitan Research
The Mercator Foundation provides funding for the Competence Field Metropolitan Research from May 2018 on for a period of four years. The funding enables further content-related specification as well as the stabilization of strategic management structures which relieve the involved academics in eight research fields from administrative and coordinative responsibilities and perceives the tasks of the research management as well as the extern communication in the Competence Field Metropolitan Research as an efficient organizational core. The coordination office of the Competence Field Metropolitan Research is organized trilateral with one coordinator at each of the three UA-Ruhr universities in Essen, Bochum and Dortmund.
09.04.2018 Strategy workshop of KoMet PhD-Network
The Competence Field Metropolitan Research invited interested PhD-students from the three UA Ruhr Universities to the TU Dortmund University for a strategy workshop on April 9th 2018, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The aim of the workshop was to develop joint thematic priorities.
If you are interested in participation in an exchange group e. g. on methods of metropolitan research, please contact the coordination office.
Establishment of the new research field Knowledge Metropolises
The establishment of a new research field on knowledge metropolises had been decided at the meeting of the steering committee in December 2017. In January a kick-off meeting of the interested parties for the new research field took place in Bochum. More than 20 participants from academic research of the UA Ruhr universities and practice e. g. NRW.BANK, Business Metropole Ruhr GmbH and Regional Association Ruhr discussed interests and topics within this thematic field which should be focused on in the future. Prof. Dr. Matthias Kiese, who mainly initiated the establishment of the new research field and Prof. Dr. Marianne Saam have been designated as contact persons. For further information please visit:
VolkswagenStiftung grants an American research college for postindustrial urban development
The following north American humanities experts of the university alliance Ruhr are pleased to receive an approved application of the Foundation VolkswagenStiftung that they have submitted jointly as researchers of the Competence Field Metropolitan Research: Barbara Buchenau, Jens Martin Gurr, Josef Raab (University Duisburg-Essen); Walter Grünzweig, Randi Gunzenhäuser (Technical University Dortmund); Kornelia Freitag and Michael Wala (Ruhr-University Bochum). Within the tender „humanities, cultural studies, social sciences and professional practice in graduate education” the KoMet-researchers granted the establishment of a research college called “Scripts for Postindustrial Urban Futures: American Models, Transatlantic Interventions“. The aim of the college is to find out which imaginative strategies can help “old” American and German coal-, steel and car-oriented cities to develop new future scenarios. The VolkswagenStiftung provides funding for research colleges which enable young academics insights in different professional fields. This innovative research- and educational concept is supported with a funding amount of about 1.7 million Euros.
07.12.2017 - Conference on Urban Health
On 7th december a German-language conference organized by the research field “Urban Health” in cooperation with the Emschergenossenschaft took place. The conference was organised by the KoMet scientists Prof. Dr. Sabine Baumgart (TU DO), Prof. Dr. Susanne Moebus (UDE) and Jun.-Prof. Dr. Katharina Böhm (RUB). After informative key notes by the internationally invited experts Prof. Dr. Hugh Barton and Prof. Dr. Michael Depledge the participants were involved in two workshops about health potentials through the Emscher conversion and concepts such as "health in all policies".
Ruhr Lecture: River-Ecosystems in Transformation – Conversion of the Emscher
In the winter term 2017/2018 the Ruhr Lecture was organized in cooperation with the Emschergenossenschaft and is dedicated to the Emscher Conversion. The series showcases the broad range of disciplines involved in metropolitan research in the University Alliance Ruhr: Researchers from all three universities as well as experts from the Emschergenossenschaft give insights into their current work. While the main focus lies on the Ruhr Region, experiences from other metropolitan regions are included in a comparative approach.
Since 2013, the Ruhr Lecture has been organized by the Institute of Geography at Ruhr-University Bochum and the Faculty of Spatial Planning at TU Dortmund University. In 2016 they were joined by the Joint Center “Urban Systems” at the University of Duisburg-Essen. As of the winter term 2016/17, the Ruhr Lecture is organized by the newly established competence field Metropolitan Research of the UAR. The series is part of the activities of the SURF-Network Ruhr (Urban and Regional Research Network Ruhr).
Ruhr Lecture poster and dates
Coordination council of the UA Ruhr establishes competence field
In a meeting on 1 June 2017 the coordination council of the UA Ruhr officially established “Metropolitan Research” as the first competence field of the UA Ruhr. Prior to the decision, a recommendation to that end had been made by the research council of the UA Ruhr during its meeting on 2 March 2017. A concept paper, developed by the coordinators in cooperation with several actors from the three participating universities, served as a basis for the recommendation.
Cooperation with Emschergenossenschaft: Memorandum of Understanding signed
The Emschergenossenschaft and the competence field Metropolitan Research have agreed to closely collaborate in the inter- and transdisciplinary academic monitoring of the Emscher area’s transformation in the final phases of the Emscher conversion between 2017 and 2021. Representing all members of the competence field, the coordinators have signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), together with the chairperson of the Emschergenossenschaft, Dr. Paetzel. The MoU documents the format of the cooperation.